Your Privacy

We understand you want to keep your health care services private. This website is a safe space for you to find abortion information. Your personal information is not saved or tracked.

Make sure you talk with your health care provider about any privacy concerns you have while seeking abortion services.

Your right to abortion privacy in Washington

Washington law guarantees the right to abortion privacy. This includes the right to: 

  • Choose or refuse to have an abortion without anyone else’s consent.
  • Protected personal health information for both patients and providers.
  • As a provider, to practice abortion care without facing harassment, threats, or acts of violence. 

While Washington law ensures additional privacy protections around personal health data shared on websites, apps and social media platforms, it is important to protect your digital privacy. This can help prevent others from accessing information about your abortion.

Except in limited circumstances, Washington health care providers can’t share your information with anyone unless you say it’s OK. 

If you live or have insurance outside of Washington 

Your health information will stay private in Washington, even if you don’t live in Washington.

However, if you use insurance from another state, they may not be required to keep your information private. Talk to your abortion provider about the best way to make a private payment. There may be services that can cover costs, like the Northwest Abortion Access Fund, or you may be able to pay out-of-pocket.

If you are under 18 

You do not need permission from your parent, guardian, doctor, or anyone else to get an abortion in Washington. 

Health care providers generally cannot inform your parent, guardian, or anyone else that you received an abortion. The exception is if the pregnancy involves child abuse, including physical or sexual abuse. In those cases, the provider must report the abuse to the police or to child abuse authorities such as Child Protective Services (CPS). These authorities may contact your parent or guardian. 

Privacy through your insurance provider 

If you are on another person’s health insurance plan, like a parent or spouse, your abortion information may not be private.

You can ask your insurance provider to keep your health information private by submitting a Confidentiality Request Form. Call your insurance for steps on how to do this and tell them that any abortion-related communications should go to a different mailing address or email.

Privacy Risks at Anti-Abortion Facilities

Anti-Abortion Facilities, sometimes called Crisis Pregnancy Centers or Pregnancy Resource Centers, look like medical clinics or health centers offering pregnancy care but do not provide abortions or other sexual and reproductive health services.

They are not required to keep your information private or follow HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) guidelines.

Our Abortion home page has guidance on how to avoid Anti-Abortion Facilities.