Abortion Care and Access in South West Pennsylvania

People are wondering how they can help support abortion care and access now that abortion care is being restricted or banned in many states. While the reproductive health and rights community has long been expecting this outcome and trying to mobilize, the impact remains dire. Our region in particular is expected to see a flood of patients from Ohio, West Virginia, and Indiana who will not be able to access abortion in their states. 

Local abortion service delivery organizations are creating new teleabortion protocols and trying to expand their pool of providers, while legal advocacy organizations are expanding judicial bypass services for minors, advancing workable teleabortion regulations, and challenging the constitutionality of abortion restrictions. There are also burgeoning groups that are trying to coordinate patient navigation, transportation, and funding. Our center is working on implementing data collection strategies to inform immediate harm reduction strategies and longer-term policy efforts. 

Interested in volunteering: 

  • SCAN (Steel City Access Network) is a new group focusing on providing transportation for folks seeking reproductive healthcare in southwest PA. We are just getting off the ground as an off-shoot from a local pro-choice repro clinic escort group, but will be looking for volunteer drivers in the near future. Fill out the form here to learn more and to get involved. 

For those who would like to donate to local efforts, here are some suggestions:

For those seeking an abortion: 

For those seeking educational resources: