The Emerald Guide to Abortion Access In and Around Seattle

by Jessie McKenna & Marti McKenna

With challenges to abortion rights coming up in multiple states, and some alarming new laws taking effect in places, it’s hard to find a silver lining amidst the dark foreboding that Roe v. Wade might be next. However, it’s good to know that here in Washington, our right to control whether we give birth is currently not up for debate in Olympia. But how accessible is abortion in the Seattle area, and to whom? What else should we know about the state of reproductive access in Washington?

When we went looking for information about abortion providers in Seattle, the resources we found seemed incomplete. So we sought to compile a guide to Seattle-area abortion providers, creating a list of questions, the answers to which would allow us construct an accurate image of individual facilities to help our readers find the clinic that best suits their needs. We wanted to know: Are clinics inclusive of and educated about the needs of trans people? Do clinics provide financial aid for abortion services? We asked these and many other questions to dig into the details.

That information is below, but first some background information and context.

According to a 2018 fact sheet produced by the Guttmacher Institute — a research organization that has worked to study, educate, and advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in the U.S. and developing countries for the last 50 years — 50 facilities provided abortion in the state of Washington in 2014, and 33 of those were abortion clinics (defined as facilities where more than half of all patient visits were for abortion services). According the same fact sheet, 90 percent of U.S. counties had no clinics providing abortion in 2014, so the number of facilities in Washington is notable.

Before we get into the specifics about providers and accessibility, here are a few things to know about abortion and related healthcare in Seattle and Washington:

  • Abortion is safe. According to the Guttmacher Institute, “Abortion is one of the safest surgical procedures for women in the United States. Fewer than 0.05 percent of women obtaining abortions experience a complication.”
  • Plan B and other “morning after pills” are emergency contraceptives that help prevent pregnancy. Plan B must be taken within 120 hours (or five days) of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure to reduce the risk of pregnancy. This method is less effective for people weighing over 170 pounds; similarly, the website for Ella, a Plan B alternative, states that a BMI over 30 decreases efficacy of their product.
  • The abortion pill is a medication abortion that ends pregnancy. It can be taken up to 70 days after the first day of the last menstrual period. Another medication is used in conjunction and taken later to complete the abortion. Plan B and the abortion pill are not the same thing.
  • A copper IUD (Paragard) inserted within five days after unprotected sex is more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy, according to Planned Parenthood.
  • Washington State is one of only five states that bypass the Hyde amendment by voluntarily directing Medicaid (aka Washington Apple Health) to cover abortion services for “medically necessary” abortions (in other words, if you have Medicaid/Obamacare/Washington Apple Health, your abortion’s covered!)
  • Washington State doesn’t require a waiting period or parental consent, does not limit how late in a pregnancy an abortion can be performed (though individual clinics and providers may adhere to their own guidelines), and does not limit public funding for abortions.
  • Most abortion providers in the Seattle area take insurance and some also offer financial assistance for uninsured patients. Financial aid and other services are also available in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska via Northwest Abortion Access Fund.

See the guide below to learn about different providers in the area. And check out the interactive Google map we created where you can also view the guide info for each provider (and share it with others). We hope you find these resources useful!

Planned Parenthood

Insurance accepted? Yes
Financial aid available? Yes (Plus: sliding fee scale offered for birth control and financial assistance for those seeking abortions who do not have insurance)
How early/late can you get an abortion here?
Earliest: per doctor / Latest: first trimester
Does this clinic serve the trans community? Yes
Can you get the abortion pill here? Yes
Languages accommodated? Most languages can be accommodated.
Wheelchair accessible? Yes
Travel assistance? Helps patients access funding that covers travel. 

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

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

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

Planned Parenthood (First Hill)
1229 Madison St, Ste 1040
Seattle, WA 98104
(800) 769-0045

Planned Parenthood Kent
10056 SE 240th #A
Kent, WA 98031
(800) 769-0045

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

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 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 Tacoma
1515 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Tacoma, WA 98405
866-629-8103

Cedar River Clinics

Insurance accepted? Yes
Financial aid available? Yes (Plus: sliding fee scale offered)
How early/late can you get an abortion here?
Earliest: ultrasound confirmation / Latest: second trimester
Does this clinic serve the trans community? Yes
Can you get the abortion pill here? Yes — up to 11 weeks.
Language accessibility? Most languages can be accommodated.
Wheelchair accessible? AAAHC accredited   
Travel assistance? Local transportation provided. 

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Cedar River Clinic Seattle

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

Cedar River Clinic Renton
263 Rainier Ave S.
Renton, WA 98057
(Free Parking)
(425) 255-0471
800-572-4223

Cedar River Clinic Tacoma
1401-A Martin Luther King Jr Way
Tacoma, WA 98405
(Free Parking)
1-800-572-4223

Trust Women Seattle

Insurance? Yes
Financial Aid? Yes
How early/late can you get an abortion?
Earliest: per doctor / Latest: 24 weeks
Does this clinic serve the trans community? Yes
Can you get the abortion pill here? Yes 
Language accessibility? Most languages can be accommodated.
Wheelchair accessible? Yes
Travel assistance? Local transportation provided.
Extras: Children welcome, military discount

Trust Women Seattle
1325 4th Ave #1240
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 625-0202

UW Medicine

Insurance? Yes
Financial Aid? Yes
How early/late can you get an abortion?
Earliest: ultrasound confirmation (or per doctor) / Latest: per doctor
Does this clinic serve the trans community? Yes
Can you get the abortion pill here? Yes
Language accessibility? Most languages can be accommodated.
Wheelchair accessible? Yes
Travel assistance? No

*UW Medicine
4245 Roosevelt Way NE 4th Floor
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 520-5000
*Multiple locations
Alternate web address to access local services — click here.

All Women’s Clinics

All Women’s Care

Insurance available? 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 trans community? Yes
Can you get the abortion pill here? Yes 
Language accessibility? Most languages can be accommodated.
Wheelchair accessible? No   
Travel assistance? Yes

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

All Women’s Health

Insurance? Yes
Financial Aid? Yes
How early/late can you get an abortion?
Earliest: per doctor / Latest: second trimester
Does this clinic serve the trans community? Yes
Can you get the 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

We’ll Keep Digging

Though we learned a lot, we know that individual experiences vary and the challenges of accessing adequate abortion services are unique to the patient. Ignorance and discrimination play a role in access and equity of access. Take weight for instance: we’ve heard of abortion clinics telling people they’re “Too Fat to Get an Abortion.” What about people with disabilities? What other challenges might people face, aside from wheelchair accessibility? What about transgender and nonbinary issues? If a clinic can/will accommodate trans men and nonbinary folx, does that mean those patients will feel they’ve received adequate, compassionate care when they seek services at those clinics?

We got the sense from all area abortion clinics we reached out to that they’re committed to providing the highest quality care to the most people as much of the time as possible, while operating within the law, and that they feel many of these concerns are non-issues. That said, we’re committed to continuing to research all of the above and providing Emerald readers with holistic abortion care guidance. We’ll update this guide as we learn more.

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. Email editor@southseattleemerald.com.


Featured image courtesy of Google Maps and TerraMetrics.

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