Understanding abortion laws can feel disorienting, especially if you already feel overwhelmed by an unplanned pregnancy. 

Some states have abortion restrictions, so women travel to other states for an abortion. If you’re considering an abortion, there are six things you should know before traveling!

1. Know About the Types of Abortion. 

There are two types of abortion—surgical and medical abortion. Before you travel, you’ll want to understand the processes and risks of these procedures. 

At Care Net Owensboro, we provide confidential and compassionate abortion information. Click here to learn more.

2. Know How Far Along You Are in Your Pregnancy. 

Most abortion laws depend on your gestational age or how far along you are in your pregnancy. Plus, a medical abortion, also known as the abortion pill, has only been approved by the FDA for up to 10 weeks gestation.1 A woman with regular menstrual cycles can estimate the gestational age of her pregnancy. However,  an ultrasound is the most exact way to figure out how far along the pregnancy is.

Call Care Net Owensboro for an ultrasound today. All ultrasounds are offered at no cost to clients!

3. Know the Laws in Your State. 

Currently, abortion is illegal in Kentucky. However, exceptions can be made in the case of life endangerment to the mother.2 

The majority of states with abortion restrictions do not prosecute women who choose an abortion. However, in some states, individuals who aid a woman in obtaining an abortion could be civilly prosecuted. Aid could include assistance with transportation or finances.

4. Know the Laws in Other States. 

Although the Constitution protects a woman’s right to travel to another state for an abortion, abortion must be legal in that state.3 You will need to know the abortion laws in the state you plan to travel to. Additionally,  some states have further restrictions such as required counseling, ultrasounds, or a mandatory waiting period before an abortion. 

5. Know the Cost. 

As of June 2024, abortion providers charge up to $950 for medical abortion or abortion pills.4 Surgical abortions can cost up to $1,150 during the first trimester and $2,300 in the second trimester.4 These costs often include fees for ultrasounds, blood tests, medications, and follow-up appointments. Additional costs incurred with an abortion might include the cost of travel, lodging, and income if work days are missed. 

Medicaid will not cover an abortion if you travel out of state. Some private insurance companies may cover the cost, but you’ll need to check beforehand. 

At Care Net Owensboro, we can confirm your pregnancy and perform an ultrasound at no cost. We do not provide or refer for abortion services, but we want to empower you with the information you need about all of your pregnancy options. 

Call us today at 270-685-5077 for a confidential appointment. We will never share your pregnancy decision with anyone. 

6. Know About Follow-Up.

As with any medical procedure, follow-up care is recommended to evaluate for complications. Complications from the abortion pills could include retained pregnancy tissue, heavy bleeding, allergic reaction, or infection.5 Whereas complications from a surgical abortion could include uterine perforation, infection, or bleeding.6

Therefore, if you travel out of state, you’ll need to know how long you might need to remain in the state for follow-up with the abortion provider.

Abortion Information in Owensboro, Kentucky 

We understand that abortion may feel like the best option for you right now. Before you spend time, money, and energy on traveling out of state, consider scheduling a confidential appointment at Care Net Owensboro.

We provide ultrasounds and information about all of your options at no cost. We’re here to help you make an informed and empowered decision! 

Please be aware that Care Net Owensboro does not provide or refer for abortion services. 


  1. FDA. (2023, January). Questions and Answers on Mifepristone for Medical Termination of Pregnancy Through Ten Weeks Gestation. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/questions-and-answers-mifepristone-medical-termination-pregnancy-through-ten-weeks-gestation?sm_guid=NTU1NzgyfDYzMDE1OTM2fC0xfGppbUBha2ZhbWlseS5vcmd8NTY4OTI4MXx8MHwwfDE5OTYwMDk4OHwxMDg2fDB8MHx8NTQ3NzI2fDA1
  2. Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of the Attorney General. (2022, June 24). Human Life Protection Act. Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Retrieved from https://www.ag.ky.gov/Press%20Release%20Attachments/Human%20Life%20Protection%20Act%20Advisory.pdf  
  3. Justice Department Files Statement of Interest in Case on Right to Travel to Access Legal Abortions. (2023, November 9). https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-files-statement-interest-case-right-travel-access-legal-abortions
  4. As advertised by abortion providers as of June 2024.
  5. Cleveland Clinic. (2024, January 16). Medical Abortion. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/21899-medical-abortion
  6. Cleveland Clinic. (2024, February 9). What Is a D&C? https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/procedures/dilation-and-curettage