There are three important things you should be aware of in New York:

1. No parental consent is required. However, we do encourage patients under 18 years old to bring an adult, whom they trust, with them on the procedure day. your rights
2. Abortions are allowed to be provided up to and including 24 weeks.
3. There is NO 24 hour waiting period.

Abortion has been safe and legal across the United States since 1973.  The Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that about half of American women have experienced an unintended pregnancy, and at current rates more than one-third will have had an abortion by age 45*. Abortion is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States**. There are no restrictions on a woman’s access to abortion in the state of New York.

*Henshaw SK, Unintended pregnancy in the United States, Family Planning Perspectives, 1998, 30(1):24–29 & 46; and AGI, State facts about abortion: Texas,

**Finer LB and Henshaw SK, Estimates of U.S. abortion incidence in 2001 and 2002, The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI), 2005,