Violet’s Abortion Access Toolkit for health care providers.

Violet’s Abortion Access Toolkit for health care providers.

When the Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion access became the most restricted it’s been since the original decision was made in 1973. As of writing, 24 states have placed medically unnecessary restrictions on abortions—despite the fact that abortion is essential health care for hundreds of thousands of pregnant people in the U.S. each year.

As providers of cultural competence education, the Violet team recognizes abortion care as a vital part of inclusive, nonjudgmental health care for people of all genders, races, ages, and sexualities who can get pregnant. But not all of the providers who are theoretically able to perform in-clinic abortion care, from OB/GYNs to nurse-midwives to family medicine physicians, choose to offer it due to personal preference. Because of this, abortion care is even more limited than it is from state restrictions alone.

If you, like us, believe that people who can get pregnant should have support throughout their entire reproductive journeys—whether they decide to have children or not—then we’re here to help you provide that care in a way that’s both culturally congruent and mindful of the challenging legal landscape post-Roe.

Clinicians, please share Violet's Abortion Access Toolkit far and wide, and bookmark this page whenever you need guidance on how to navigate a post-Roe world for yourself and your patients.

The legal landscape for abortion access post-Roe.

Policy update resources: The ability to safely provide care, legally speaking, hinges on your state’s latest abortion policies. Explore these resources to understand your state’s laws right now.

Cyber security resources: If you’re in a state with abortion restrictions and still want to support people’s access to care through other avenues, safeguarding your digital security is an important step. The same goes for the people you’re supporting.

Legal resources: The following resources are helpful when faced with possible criminalization as a provider or a patient accessing care.

  • Confronting Pregnancy Criminalization: National Advocates for Pregnant Women assembled this practical guide to help health care providers, lawyers, medical examiners, child welfare workers, and policymakers end the criminalization of pregnancy outcomes.
  • The Repro Legal Helpline: If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice runs this “warmline” so people with legal questions about self-managed abortion or judicial bypass can get a call back with answers.
  • The Repro Legal Defense Fund: If/When/How also created this fund to cover bail and legal defense against the criminalization of self-managed abortion.

Cultural competence in abortion care.

Antiracist abortion resources: Beyond abortion care, the broader field of reproductive health care is impacted by historic and systemic racism. These guides and readings can help clinicians be antiracist abortion providers.

LGBTQ+ abortion resources: Abortion isn’t just a “women’s issue,” and considering it one excludes the many nonbinary individuals and trans men who access abortion care. Not only heterosexual people need abortions either. Here are some resources for LGBTQ+ and gender-affirming provision of abortion care.

Additional resources for abortion access.

Abortion care training resources: All of the resources below have information about residency, fellowship, and continuing education trainings for abortion care.

Trauma-informed care resources: Providing trauma-informed care is especially important in the context of gynecologic and pelvic care, where the experiences can be triggering. These resources are good places to start.

Free resources for patients: Whether or not you can and choose to provide abortions, these resources can help your patients access information and care.

  • INeedAnA: A localized resource for up-to-date information on abortion access and abortion clinics.
  • Abortion Finder: A search tool with over 750 verified abortion providers
  • Patient education on abortion care: A resource published on UpToDate.
  • Sam’s Medication Abortion Zine: An illustrated guide to medication abortion.
  • Elena’s Aspiration Abortion Zine: An additional illustrated guide to abortion.
  • National Network of Abortion Funds: This organization offers a searchable database of U.S. and international abortion funds and practical support groups.
  • We Testify: An organization that centers the voices and stories of people who’ve had abortions, especially those from groups that face the most barriers to accessing care.
  • Shout Your Abortion: A platform for reading and sharing personal stories about abortion.
  • Plan C Pills: A digital guide to accessing abortion pills by mail.
  • All-Options: Judgment-free counseling on all pregnancy options, including abortion care.
  • Reprocare Healthline: A peer-based textline and hotline for medical information, emotional support, and other resources regarding self-managed abortion with pills.
  • Exhale Pro-Voice: A peer-based textline for emotional support after having an abortion.
  • M+A Hotline: An abortion provider-run hotline for medical questions around self-managed abortion with pills.

State restrictions and bans won’t stop abortion care from being needed and provided. And as long as health care is legislated and abortion care training is limited, it will fall on individual clinicians to seek out resources that enable them to provide that care.

We hope this list of resources, though not exhaustive, sets anyone who’d like to offer abortion care on the right path.

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