Can I travel outside of Missouri for an abortion?
First off, it’s important to know that traveling outside of Missouri for abortion care is a completely legal option. Just like when you go to Las Vegas to gamble legally in Nevada, you are free to travel and obtain abortion care in states with less restrictions.
If you live in Missouri and are considering traveling to Illinois for abortion care, carafem is here to welcome you with compassionate, convenient, and non-judgemental care on the other side of the border. Check out this blog for more information about traveling for online abortion care.
Abortion Laws in Missouri
Missouri law now prohibits all abortions except in cases of medical emergency. The only exceptions to this law are when an abortion is necessary to save a pregnant person’s life, or to prevent serious risk to the pregnant person’s physical health. Missouri was the first state to enact a trigger law banning abortions when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022.
For most Missourians, the only remaining legal option for an abortion is to travel across state lines. Illinois has some of the most accessible abortion laws, but other states surrounding Missouri may require a waiting period or a counseling session in order to receive abortion care. If you plan to travel it’s a good idea to check abortion laws in your destination state for the most up to date information.
Traveling to Illinois for Abortion Care
Illinois is much friendlier towards abortion care, and many Missouri residents choose to travel across state lines to access abortion care without the restrictions found at home. If you travel to Illinois for abortion care you will not need to endure a waiting period, view an ultrasound, or listen to a state-sponsored lecture filled with misinformation.
Abortion Care Options for Missourians in Illinois
carafem’s Immediate Evaluation service does not require an appointment. When in Illinois, complete our online form and provide us with an Illinois mailing address where we can ship your medications. The medications arrive in 1-4 business days, and you receive 24/7 medical support from our virtual abortion care assistant. This option costs $0-199 depending on your eligibility for financial aid. You will be able to apply for financial aid on our online form.
carafem can mail your medications to an address in the state you select for your online care — from a friend’s house to a delivery service pickup location. Rest assured, our package is very discreet — no one will know where your package is coming from or what it’s for.
Need an interpreter or want to see if you qualify for additional funding? It’s easy — just call us at 1-855-SAY-CARA to get started.
No matter what state you reside in, you can rely on carafem to provide compassionate, convenient, and affordable abortion care in our health center located in the metro area of Chicago, Illinois.
Feel free to make an appointment for an in-office procedure or abortion pill appointment at our office. At this office, you may also be able to use your health insurance, and if you have active Medicaid in Missouri, you can receive a $50 discount on your care.
Get Help with Travel Costs for An Abortion Out of State
carafem offers financial assistance for low-income travelers in Illinois. If you’re traveling from out of state to receive abortion care in Illinois, you may be eligible for a low-income discount. Please note, this funding is not available to Illinois residents.