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Only 9 out of 133 localities have a first trimester abortion provider.

In Virginia, first-trimester abortions may be performed in an outpatient health center. In 2011, there were 21 health centers providing first trimester abortions in Virginia. Today there are 14. Only 7% of Virginia’s 133 localities have an abortion provider. Some Virginia women may have to drive hundreds of miles to reach an abortion provider. Women’s health centers that provide first-trimester abortion services are located in the following localities in Virginia:

  • Albemarle County
  • City of Alexandria
  • City of Falls Church
  • Henrico County
  • City of Newport News
  • City of Norfolk
  • City of Richmond
  • City of Roanoke
  • City of Virginia Beach

Sources: Guttmacher Institute; Virginia Department of Health

“My oldest daughter, a young adult, discovered she was unexpectedly pregnant. We went over all the alternatives and choices and decided that an elective termination would be best…. Sure enough the whole “consultation” aspect, which is to be at least 24 hours prior to the procedure, was scheduled on a Monday and the procedure on a Friday. My daughter was traveling 300 miles and couldn’t wait five days to have the procedure done.”

Anonymous, Northern Virginia

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