The Emerald Guide to Abortion Access In and Around Seattle

Updated for 2022 by Megan Burbank
Previous reporting from Jessie McKenna and Marti McKenna


With the Supreme Court weighing Texas’ six-week abortion ban and a forthcoming challenge to Roe v. Wade, it’s a challenging time to be a person seeking abortion care. But Washington diverges from national trends toward anti-abortion legislation. Here, we have state-level protections for Roe v. Wade and coverage for abortion whether you’re on State Medicaid or private insurance. But seeking abortion care in and around Seattle can still be complicated.

That’s where this guide comes in. According to data from reproductive health policy research organization the Guttmacher Institute, there were 51 health care facilities that provided abortion care in Washington State in 2017, 40 of them clinics. This guide is a resource for finding the one nearest you, with information on what procedures are available, accessibility, and additional resources, whether you need a ride to the clinic or want to be matched with a primary care provider during your visit.

When it comes to reproductive health care, there’s no shortage of disinformation: Stigma tends to have a dramatizing effect, but patients deserve information rooted in evidence-based medicine and real data, not fear-mongering myths. We hope this guide will help cut through some of that noise and help you find the care you need. But before we get to the list of providers, here are some key facts about abortion.

Abortion is safe. In a review of 57 studies on vacuum aspiration, one of the most common abortion procedures, the reproductive rights NGO Ipas found a major complication rate of under 1%. According to Guttmacher, medication abortion is also safe, with serious complications occurring in under 0.4% of procedures.

Abortion is normal, and many patients who have them are already parents. According to Guttmacher, about 1 in 4 women will have an abortion by the time they reach age 45, and the majority of abortion patients already have at least one child. In 2014, Guttmacher reported that over half of people who had abortions were in their twenties, 75% were low-income or had incomes below the federal poverty line, and 51% reported using birth control the month they became pregnant.

It’s not just women who have abortions. Anyone who can get pregnant may need an abortion at some time in their lives, including transgender men and nonbinary patients. That’s why we have included information on trans inclusivity for each clinic on this list. Several of the clinics listed also provide transgender health care services in addition to abortion care.

Medication abortion may be an option. In 2017, 39% of all abortions were medication abortions, which instead of surgery use two medications to end a pregnancy. Most of the providers we surveyed offer medication abortion to end pregnancies up to 11 weeks’ gestation. Due to a new rule change from the FDA under the Biden administration, you may even be able to receive medication abortion pills through the mail. If your pregnancy is further along than 11 weeks, you’ll likely have a surgical abortion. Seattle-area clinics have different limits on how long into pregnancy they offer abortion; some provide abortion care up to 26 weeks and six days’ gestation. But most abortions take place much earlier in pregnancy. According to surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 92.2% of abortions provided in 2018 occurred at or before 13 weeks’ gestation.  

In Washington, Medicaid and insurance both cover abortion. While the Hyde Amendment has banned federal Medicaid funds from covering abortion procedures since 1977, states have their own Medicaid funds, and Washington is one of 16 states that cover most abortions under Medicaid. If you have private insurance, your procedure is also likely to be covered under the Reproductive Parity Act, a law requiring private insurance plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortion. If you don’t have private insurance or qualify for Medicaid, your clinic may be able to help. Abortion funds like the Northwest Abortion Access Fund can also provide assistance with paying for the procedure and may be able to help with logistical challenges like travel and lodging if you’re coming from out of town.

Anti-abortion policies disproportionately impact low-income people and Communities of Color. Remember the Hyde Amendment? It was introduced by Congressman Henry Hyde just a few years after Roe v. Wade was decided. Hyde explained that the ban on Medicaid funds for an abortion was an effort to keep poor people from having abortions. “I certainly would like to prevent, if I could legally, anybody having an abortion, a rich woman, a middle-class woman, or a poor woman,” he said. “Unfortunately, the only vehicle available is the … Medicaid bill.” Today, a similar dynamic is in play in Texas, whose six-week ban sent patients —the ones who could afford it — as far as Seattle for care. But not everyone has that option, which means that people without the resources to travel may end up trying to self-manage abortions or carrying unwanted pregnancies to term, which data shows can lead to financial insecurity and negative health outcomes.

This guide is intended to address some of these gaps in access by providing accurate information on abortion care and supports throughout the Seattle area.

Planned Parenthood

Insurance accepted? Yes
Financial aid available? Yes, and sliding fee scale for birth control, financial assistance for patients seeking abortion care without insurance
How early/late can you get an abortion here? Earliest: Positive pregnancy test / Latest: 24 weeks
Does this clinic serve the transgender community? Yes
Can you get a medication abortion (abortion pill) here? Yes, up to 11 weeks
Language accessibility? Most languages accommodated
Wheelchair accessible? Yes
Travel assistance? Helps patients access funding that covers travel

Planned Parenthood — Bellevue
14730 NE 8th St
Bellevue, WA 98007
(800) 769-0045

Planned Parenthood — Everett
1509 32nd St
Everett, WA 98201
(800) 769-0045

Planned Parenthood — Federal Way
1105 S 348th St
Federal Way, WA 98003
(800) 769-0045

Planned Parenthood — Lynnwood
19505 76th Ave W #200
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(800) 769-0045

Planned Parenthood — Puyallup
702 30th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA 98373
(800) 769-0045

Planned Parenthood — Seattle (White Center & West Seattle)
9942 8th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(800) 769-0045

Planned Parenthood — Seattle (Central District)
1229 Madison Street Suite 1040
Seattle, WA 98104
(800) 769-0045

Planned Parenthood — Seattle (Northgate)
2111 N Northgate Way, Suite 218
Seattle, WA 98133
(800) 769-0045

Planned Parenthood — Tacoma
1515 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Tacoma, WA 98405
(866) 629-8103


Cedar River Clinics

Insurance accepted? Yes
Financial aid available? Yes, and sliding fee scale offered
How early/late can you get an abortion here? Earliest: Ultrasound confirmation / Latest: Second trimester
Does this clinic serve the transgender community? Yes
Can you get a medication abortion (abortion pill) here? Yes, up to 11 weeks — available in-clinic or through telemedicine with pills mailed or picked up
Language accessibility? Most languages accommodated
Wheelchair accessible? AAAHC accredited
Travel assistance? Local transportation provided
Extras: Free parking at Renton and Tacoma locations

Cedar River Clinic Seattle

Cedar River Clinics — Renton
63 Rainier Ave S #200
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 255-0471
(800) 572-4223

Cedar River Clinics — Seattle
509 Olive Way Suite 1454
Seattle, WA 98101
1-800-572-4223

Cedar River Clinics — Tacoma
1401-A Martin Luther King Jr Way
Tacoma, WA 98405
1-800-572-4223


UW Medicine

Insurance accepted? Yes
Financial aid available? Yes
How early/late can you get an abortion here? Earliest: Ultrasound confirmation (or per provider) / Latest: Per provider
Does this clinic serve the transgender community? Yes
Can you get a medication abortion (abortion pill) here? Yes
Language accessibility? Most languages accommodated
Wheelchair accessible? Yes
Travel assistance? No
Extras: Assistance with signing up for Washington Apple Health, connecting patients with primary care providers and services

UW Medical Center Roosevelt
4245 Roosevelt Way NE, 4th Floor,
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 520-5000

UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic
314 NE Thornton Place
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 520-5000

Family Medicine Clinic at Harborview
Patricia Steel Building, 401 Broadway, Suite 2075
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 520-5000

UW Medical Center Montlake
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 520-5000

All Women’s Care

Insurance accepted? Yes
Financial aid available? Yes
How early/late can you get an abortion here? Earliest: per doctor / Latest: 26 weeks
Does this clinic serve the transgender community?
Yes
Can you get a medication abortion (abortion pill) here? Yes 
Language accessibility?
Most languages can be accommodated
Wheelchair accessible? No   
Travel assistance? Yes

All Women’s Care
9730 3rd Ave NE #200
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 985-9553

All Women’s Health

Insurance accepted? Yes
Financial aid available? Yes
How early/late can you get an abortion here? Earliest: per doctor / Latest: second trimester
Does this clinic serve the transgender community?
Yes
Can you get a medication abortion (abortion pill) here? Yes
Language accessibility?
Most languages can be accommodated
Wheelchair accessible? No
Travel assistance? Yes
Extras: Military discount

All Women’s Health
3711 Pacific Ave #200
Tacoma, WA 98418
(253) 471-3464



While we’ve made every effort to update this list thoroughly for 2022, please let us know if you have a correction or see a clinic or service missing from the list. And if you or someone you know has experienced particular challenges or discrimination at any local abortion clinics (or with any particular providers), the Emerald wants to hear from you. You can reach us via this form.


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