Are you trying to get an abortion? We're here to help.
Reach our abortion access hotline by calling 1-855-KSN-4KSN (1-855-576-4576).
What is Kentucky Support Network (KSN)?
Kentucky Support Network is a network of volunteers who support people seeking abortion with financial assistance, transportation, interpretation, and more.
Who does KSN work with?
We work with any person working to obtain an abortion. We promise to treat you with respect regardless of your race, religion, gender, sexuality, incarceration status, age, ability, preferred language, or citizenship. We acknowledge the impact intersecting identities have on abortion access.
Who runs KSN?
Kentucky Support Network is a project of Kentucky Health Justice Network, an organization that supports Kentuckians in their individual journeys toward justice and freedom in their reproductive lives. We provide direct services to eliminate barriers to access reproductive healthcare. We also advocate, educate and support positive policy development in local, regional and state realms. Our abortion access hotline is run by volunteers who have been trained and are committed to ensuring every Kentuckian who needs an abortion can get one.
Are you part of any larger groups?
We are a member of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF). The National Network of Abortion Funds works to make sure that all people can get the abortions they seek. Learn more about NNAF on their website: http://www.fundabortionnow.org/
Hotline: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the hotline number?
What can I expect when I call?
When you call you’ll reach our answering machine. Please leave us a message with your number. Let us know about any phone safety concerns you have. You will hear back from a hotline volunteer within 24 hours. They will ask you a few questions about yourself and your pregnancy. You can discuss with them your experience and what you need.
Why does my phone call go straight to voicemail?
All calls go directly to voicemail. Leave a message and you’ll hear back from a hotline volunteer within 24 hours.
My appointment is within 24 hours. What should I do?
Mention this in your message. We will do our best to get back to you soon.
I don’t speak English. Can I still call the hotline?
Yes. We can provide phone interpretation.
I’m from Kentucky, but getting an abortion from an out of state clinic. Will KSN work with me?
Yes! Kentucky has two clinics. For some people a clinic in a nearby state is a better option. We are happy to work with you. Although we can’t guarantee funding to anyone, our hotline is open to you. Give us a call.
I’m not from Kentucky, but getting an abortion at the clinic in Louisville or Lexington. Will KSN work with me?
We know the resources and clinics in our state. We’d love to share that information with you. Although we can’t guarantee funding to anyone, our hotline is open to you. Give us a call.
Paying for an abortion: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the National Abortion Federation?
“The mission of the National Abortion Federation is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care, which promotes health and justice.” Their work includes settings standards for abortion care, legal advocacy, and making abortion accessible. Check them out at http://prochoice.org/
The hotline volunteer I spoke with said I should call National Abortion Federation’s Hotline. What is that?
NAF has a national hotline that provides non-biased, judgement free information about abortions. They can help fund callers in need of financial assistance. We use their criteria for giving pledges, so it is important for you to call them. Additionally, they have a larger budget than us, so they may be able to give you a larger pledge.
How do I call NAF?
Call 1-800-772-9100 repeatedly during their hours until you get through. The hotline is open weekdays 7:00 A.M.-11:00 P.M. Eastern time and Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M.
I’m not getting through to NAF. What should I do?
NAF’s hotline helps so many people that it is very busy. Call repeatedly for an hour. Try calling when they first open or late at night. It can be frustrating, but your work can really pay off!
Will KSN help fund my abortion?
Our goal is to make abortion accessible, so we offer limited financial assistance to cover procedure costs. We can’t guarantee you will receive a pledge from us, but we can guarantee to treat you with respect and provide you with as many resources as possible.
Which clinics will take your pledge?
Each clinic has their own policy and policies change, but generally private clinics accept our funding and Planned Parenthood can’t. Some clinics have their own funding. We can work with you to find what clinic will be the most affordable for you. Just give us a call.
Practical support: Frequently Asked Questions
I need transportation to and from the clinic. What should I do?
If you decide to end a pregnancy and need transportation for your appointment, we can arrange a volunteer to take you there and back home. We have volunteers to provide this service anywhere in Kentucky. Call our hotline.
I’m under 18, can you give me a ride?
Unfortunately, we can’t drive minors at this time. We believe that you deserve access to abortion as well. We will do all we can to find a way to get you to the clinic. Please call our hotline.
I need interpretation on the hotline or during my appointment. Is that offered?
Yes! If English is not your first language, you can call the hotline and we can set up a language interpreter. If you have an appointment, we can provide interpretation.
Pregnancy Options: Frequently Asked Questions
Is abortion legal?
Yes! Abortion is legal in all 50 United States. You have the right to get an abortion for any reason. Learn more about abortion laws in Abortion Legislation.
Is abortion safe?
“Yes. When performed under proper medical conditions by trained personnel in a hygienic setting, abortion is an extremely safe procedure. Fewer than 1% of all U.S. abortion patients experience a major complication and the risk of death associated with abortion is 10 times as low as that associated with childbirth” (Guttmacher Institute).
Does abortion lead to mental health problems?
“For two decades, the highest quality scientific evidence available has led to the conclusion that having an abortion does not cause mental health problems for most women. A woman’s mental health before she faces an unwanted pregnancy is the best indicator of her likely mental health after an abortion” (Guttmacher Institute).
Where can I get an abortion?
There are two clinics in Kentucky that provide abortions, EMW Louisville and EMW Lexington. You can learn more about EMW on their website: http://www.emwwomens.com/ Surrounding states also have clinics. We can provide information about what type of abortion each clinic offers, their prices, funding option, and restrictions. Just give us a call.
I’ve heard that there are different types of abortions. What are these?
“There are two primary methods for abortion available, the medical abortion (with medicine) and the surgical abortion (through aspiration or dilation and evacuation, D&E). These options may change or become limited depending on the length of the pregnancy or the state you live in. Both the surgical and medication abortion methods are very safe and effective, so the choice between surgical and medication abortion is often made for more personal reasons” (http://www.shiftstigma.org/what-is-abortion-1/).
Where can I find factual information about abortion?
The internet has lots of information about abortion. Be aware that there are many anti-abortion websites that provide incorrect information about abortion to mislead pregnant people. You deserve real information about abortion. The websites below contain medically accurate, non-judgmental information about abortion.
I’m not sure if abortion is right for me. Who can I talk to?
Lots of people every day make really hard decisions about whether to continue or end a pregnancy. Whatever choice you make for your pregnancy is valid, and we support all pregnancy options. Backline is a great resource: they're a volunteer-run hotline that offers non-judgmental all-options pregnancy counseling. Their trained counselors won’t pressure you to make one choice, but will provide information about all pregnancy options, and talk with you for as long as you need to, so you can decide what is best. You can call them toll free at 1-888-493-0092 or visit their website http://yourbackline.org/
I’ve had an abortion and want to talk about it with someone. Where can I go?
Backline offers non-judgmental, compassionate post-abortion counseling at 1-888-493-0092.
Exhale offers a talkline devoted to post-abortion support. Visit Exhale at https://exhaleprovoice.org/after-abortion-support or call 1-866-4-EXHALE (1-866-4-394253).
If you’d like faith-based counseling, Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice can connect you with a clergy person trained in all options counseling. Contact KRCRC at (866) 606-0988 or INFO@KRCRC.ORG
If you’d like to share your abortion story to change the dialogue around abortion you can submit your story to the National Network of Abortion Funds at http://www.fundabortionnow.org/story/you or the 1 in 3 Campaign at http://www.1in3campaign.org/shareyourstory
What is adoption?
Adoption involves continuing a pregnancy, giving birth, and having other adults raise the child.
How can I set up an adoption?
Adoption agencies can facilitate your adoption. This site has a list of adoption agencies that don’t judge pregnancy outcomes and don’t discriminate against same sex or single parent households. http://yourbackline.org/resources/adoption/
I’m not sure if adoption is right for me. Who can I talk to?
Backline offers non-judgmental all-options pregnancy counseling, including information about adoption. Their trained counselors won’t pressure you to make one choice but will give you information about adoption options in your area. You can call them toll free at 1-888-493-0092 or visit their website http://yourbackline.org/
I’m not sure if parenting is right for me. Who can I talk to?
Backline offers non-judgmental all-options pregnancy counseling, including information about continuing a pregnancy and parenting. Their trained counselors won’t pressure you to make one choice, but will give you information and resources for expectant parents. You can call them toll free at 1-888-493-0092 or visit their website http://yourbackline.org/
What is WIC?
If you're planning to continue your pregnancy and be a parent, you may be eligible for the WIC program to help you pay for food and health services for yourself and your child. “The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.” Learn more about WIC here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/women-infants-and-children-wic
What is Roe v. Wade?
Roe v. Wade was a Supreme Court decision that provides the right to abortion until viability. Abortion is a federal right.
Why do different states have different laws about abortion?
Anti-abortion activists have worked to create laws that make accessing abortion as difficult as they can. They have had different success in different states. You can compare state laws here: http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_OAL.pdf If you want to know how these laws will affect you access abortion, call our hotline. We can provide information about how these laws affect appointments at various clinics.
What laws affect abortion in Kentucky?
These laws are ridiculous! What can I do to change them?
Abortion legislation in Kentucky creates medically unnecessary barriers to obtaining abortion. These laws affect already oppressed groups most substantially. These laws take rights and agency away from pregnant people. Write or call your legislators and tell them why you oppose unnecessary abortion restrictions. Find your legislators’ information here: https://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup lrc.ky.gov
Where can I get factual information about sex, sexuality, birth control, consent and STIs?
We suggest Scarleteen, a website made by young people, for young people: http://www.scarleteen.com/. Planned Parenthood has many resources http://www.plannedparenthood.org/. Bedsider has great info on birth control: http://bedsider.org/.
Does Kentucky have sex education in schools?
Kind of. Kentucky schools are required to teach some sex education, but it must be abstinence based, does not have to include accurate information, and has no set curriculum. Kentucky lacks real sex education. Real sex education must include factual information on sex, pregnancy, STIs, sexuality, and consent.
How can we get real sex education in schools?
The majority of parents (80-85%) want their children to receive comprehensive sex education at school. Write or call your legislators and tell them why you want young people to receive real sex education. Find your legislators’ information here: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/US-Congress.shtml OR https://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup