You must have an appointment to be seen at Clinic for Women, and appointments can be made as little as one day in advance or as much as several weeks in advance; we must see you when you're between six and twelve weeks past your last menstrual period. When you call, we'll need to know your best recollection of when the last normal period began so we can make this determination. Once we know that, we can begin to schedule your appointment. We will ask you some questions about your medical history and review what you need to bring with you to the clinic. We will arrange for you to receive your state-ordered information, which you must hear a minimum of 18 hours before your scheduled appointment. We will also be sure you have travel directions to the clinic. It will take less than ten minutes to make your appointment over the phone.
The Clinic offers both group and individual (private) counseling on the day of your appointment. We recognize that abortion is a very difficult decision for some women. If you have not had the help and support you feel you would like, our patient advocates will be happy to discuss your needs with you. As safe as abortion is, it is often a situation that brings up fears and doubts that you may be meeting for the first time. We at Clinic for Women follow Federal and Indiana State regulations; we do not make these laws but we must work within their guidelines.
On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Roe vs. Wade that in the first trimester of pregnancy, the decision to have an abortion is to be left to the pregnant woman and her physician; no one else may legally interfere. In the second and third trimesters states may impose some limitations and restrictions.
Currently in Indiana, first trimester abortions can be performed in clinics, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. Second and third trimester abortions must be performed in hospitals or at hospital based clinics.
Indiana law also stipulates that anyone under the age of 18 choosing abortion must have the written permission of a parent or legal guardian. If you are under 18 years of age, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. You will need the following identification:
your photo identification
your birth certificate
your parent's or guardian's photo identification
if legal guardian is giving consent, bring guardianship papers
if parent's last name has changed since birth certificate was issued, bring divorce decree or other documentation of name change
Indiana law does not allow public funding (Medicaid) to be used for most abortions.
State Ordered Information
When you make your appointment, we will arrange for you a pre-lab appointment where you can receive your State Ordered Information, lab work and sonogram.