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To schedule an appointment for an abortion or for a gynecological exam, call our clinic at (412) 661-8811.

Monday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Sunday: Closed

We typically see patients for abortion services on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. If your appointment is scheduled before 8:00am, we are expecting you.

Our address is 5910 Kirkwood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. We are between N. Beatty and N. Whitfield Streets.

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We are in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Here is a picture of the front of our facility:

All of the parking around the clinic is paid street or lot parking. Please bring quarters or a credit card to feed the meter and give yourself plenty of time to find parking. There is a commonly used public lot across the street from McDonald's with an entrance on Broad Street that will allow you to pay for 6 hours at a time. You can also download the Pittsburgh Parking App to extend time on your meter without leaving the building at www.gomobilepittsburgh.com Do not park in the permit lot across from the clinic, you will be towed. Click here for more parking details.

When you call to schedule an abortion, this is the full list of questions we will ask you.

1. What is your:
  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone Number
  • Height
  • Weight

2. What was the first day of last menstrual period?

3. How many vaginal births have you had?

4. How many c-section births have you had?

5. What medications are you currently taking?

6. Do you have a history of any of the following:
  • Recent hospitalizations
  • Allergies
  • Psychiatric Diagnosis
  • Anemia
  • Asthma
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Blood Clots or blood clotting problems
  • Bleeding Problems
  • Hemorrhage
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hepatitis
  • Lupus
  • PID
  • Fibroids
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Seizures/Epilepsy
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Family History of Problems with Sedation

Depending on your circumstances, you may want an initial visit or need one to complete additional paperwork. Here is the list of some of those circumstances, and how they will affect your appointment.

If you are under 18-years-old and cannot tell your parent or guardian, you can come to the clinic to complete the JUDICIAL BYPASS process prior to your abortion or on the day of your abortion.

If you need to use a translator to understand medical terms, you can utilize our phone translation services or come into the office for the phone translation services.

If you are unsure of the date of your last period and want to determine how many weeks gestation you are prior to your abortion.
If you want to talk with someone about your options of abortion, adoption, and parenting.

Certain health conditions can create complications during the abortion procedure. If you have a health issue, it’s important we know your full medical history so we can give you safe care.


Allegheny Reproductive Health Center provides abortions up to 23.6 weeks in a pregnancy. The Pennsylvania state limit is 24 weeks. Additional states can see patients that are farther in their pregnancies. If you want a referral because you are over our limit, please call us.

When you call to make your appointment, we will ask you for the date of the first day of your last normal period. We will use that date to determine how far you are in the pregnancy. When you come in for your appointment, we will perform a vaginal or abdominal ultrasound to confirm your stage in pregnancy.

If you are unsure of your last menstrual period but have a positive pregnancy test, call us to schedule an Initial Visit if you want to determine how many weeks you are prior to scheduling an abortion. At this visit we can perform an ultrasound.
Allegheny Reproductive Health Center is licensed as an abortion facility through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Our staff physicians and nurse anesthetists are licensed and board certified.
In the state of Pennsylvania you must have parental permission to have an abortion. That means that your parent must attend your Doctor Consultation and your abortion procedure to sign the paperwork with you.
There can be many reasons why you can't get parental permission. If your parents are not available to you or are unable to come with you to your appointments, or if you cannot tell your parent or guardian, you can come to the clinic to start the JUDICIAL BYPASS process. Please call us to discuss your specific situation so that we may help you. Follow this link for more information about the judicial bypass process.
Pennsylvania law requires that patients receive state-prepared information from a licensed physician 24 hours or more prior to the abortion procedure. We help you take care of this by scheduling a Doctor Consultation for you when you schedule the abortion.
In Pennsylvania, it is required that patients speak with a doctor 24 hours or more before the abortion procedure. We call this a Doctor Consultation. You can schedule your Doctor Consultation to be over the phone or at our clinic.

Doctor Consultations over the phone: During this telephone conference, the doctor will discuss state-prepared information with you. To schedule the phone call with the doctor, we will give you a list of conference call dates and times. It is important you choose a day and time that you can that works for you. The scheduling staff person will give you the login information. Please log into the conference line 5-10 minutes early if possible. If you miss your conference call, you must call us immediately or your appointment may have to be rescheduled. We cannot provide you with an abortion unless this legal requirement is met. We understand that this law can be a barrier for people accessing abortion, but we must comply with Pennsylvania State law.
Doctor Consultations at our clinic: With an in-clinic Doctor Consultations, you will come to our clinic face-to-face or by video in the office at least 24 hours prior to your abortion appointment.
You can also take care of lab work and get to see the clinic firsthand. In-clinic Video Consultations are a great option for patients who want a more face to face experience.

Medication Abortions, a.k.a. the Abortion Pill

If you are 12 weeks or less pregnant, you may be eligible to use the Abortion Pill. The Abortion Pill is a combination of two different medicines, Mifepristone and Misoprostol. Our physician will give you the first pill, Mifepristone, at the clinic. Pregnancy needs a hormone called progesterone to grow normally. Mifepristone blocks your body’s own progesterone.
You will use the second medication, Misoprostol, at home. This medicine causes cramping, bleeding, and flu-like symptoms to empty the uterus, and feels like a really heavy and crampy period. It is like an early-pregnancy miscarriage.
You are required to have follow-up after the Medical Abortion. The options include returning to our clinic for an ultrasound within 1 - 2 weeks of using the Abortion Pill, getting bloodwork on the day of your Medical Abortion and 1 week later, or receiving a phone call from our office 1 week later and then taking a urine pregnancy test 4 weeks after the Medical Abortion.
Surgical Abortions
You can get a Surgical Abortion up to 23 weeks and 6 days in a pregnancy (if you are past 12 weeks, you are required to get a Surgical Abortion).

Surgical Abortions are outpatient procedures and don’t involve cutting or stitching. You will be released shortly after the abortion is complete, but you will can consider a form of Pain Management for the procedure, and possibly bring a support person depending on the type of pain management you choose.

Further information about each type of abortion can be found on our Abortion Options page.

Plans that we accept include:

  • UPMC
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Aetna
  • Gateway
  • United
  • Cigna
  • Community Blue
  • Tricare

This is not an exhaustive list. If you would like to know if we accept your insurance, please contact us at 412-661-8811.

We will schedule you for the earliest possible appointment your situation allows and requires. Usually you can schedule an appointment within 1 week of calling our office.

Due to space restrictions, we do not allow guests in the building for abortion appointments.

On the day of your appointment, bring photo id with your date of birth and payment. If you are using insurance, bring your insurance card as well. Your insurance coverage will need to be verified ahead of time to be used at your appointment.

You may see protestors outside of our building. They do not know you or what you are here for, since we offer a variety of services. They may try to speak to you, but they are required by the City of Pittsburgh to stay 15 feet away from the entrance. On Saturdays, you will see clinic escorts in brightly colored vests outside to help guide you to the clinic.

In most cases, we can offer birth control or a prescription for birth control on the day of your abortion. Our counselors can go over your options for birth control. If you aren't getting an abortion but are still interested in birth control, make an appointment at our clinic for a gynecological exam. We will go through all your birth control options and help you pick the right one for you.