If you are pregnant and looking for an abortion in Mesa County, you may find information about abortion services is very hard to find here. Local obstetrical practices don’t mention abortion on their websites and may not even offer abortion services. “Pregnancy Centers” are fake health clinics in the area that lure in scared and worried women by promising free services, like pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and “counseling,” but they are really Christian ministries whose real purpose is to shame and guilt women out of getting abortions.
The closest provider of safe medical abortions is 90 miles away in Glenwood Springs, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Their slogan is “Care no matter what.”
But don’t despair. You may not have to leave town to obtain a safe abortion.
Thanks to the internet, there are now options for women to access abortion services no matter where they are, and you may even not have to leave home to get an abortion if you live in Grand Junction.
UPDATE: On December 16, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permanently lifted restrictions on access to abortion medications by mail, making them more widely and easily available for use by women who are up to 10 weeks pregnant. The move allows women to obtain the pills by mail instead of having to appear in person at a clinic.
Planned Parenthood is now offering telehealth abortion services in Colorado. Their website, “Telabortion.org” explains what it is:
“A TelAbortion involves all the same steps and procedures as an in-person medical abortion, but you do not have to travel to an abortion clinic. Instead, an abortion provider conducts a video evaluation over the internet. All the necessary tests are done at medical facilities close to your home. The abortion pills are then sent to you by mail.”
To qualify for a telabortion, you need access to a computer with a camera and microphone, and you must be able to take the first abortion pill no more than 10 weeks, or 70 days, into your pregnancy. Here is a link to the requirements for TelAbortion.
TelAbortion is safe, effective, private and convenient. It is done in your own home and is a great option if it is hard for you to take time off work or travel long distances to a clinic. For more information, go to Telabortion.org.
There are also other options:
Abortions are available at the Women’s Health Center in Denver. Here is a list of procedures they offer, and prices for each. They provide financial help to pay for abortions if you are a private pay patient and not using any health insurance to pay for the procedure.
Medication and surgical abortions can also be obtained at Mile High Women’s Clinic in Denver. They offer some financial assistance, too.
MyChoix.com offers medication abortions by mail to people over 18 years of age in Colorado. Their highest cost is $289, and the price can be reduced $50 if you agree to share your experience with researchers at the University of California San Francisco.
A group called AidAccess.org also makes telehealth abortion services available to women all over the world. AidAccess.org is headed by a woman physician in Austria, Rebecca Gomperts, MD, MPP, PhD. AidAccess considers abortion a human right and its mission is making abortion services available to women internationally who have obstacles to accessing safe abortion services. Like Planned Parenthood, AidAccess.org does a medical consultation over the internet. They then send a prescription for the abortion pills to your local pharmacy have a help desk and doctor available to answer any questions you may have before, during and after the abortion process. Their website asks a donation of about U.S. $90 for their services, but says they won’t turn people away for inability to pay.