Understanding abortion laws can feel disorienting, especially if you already feel overwhelmed by an unplanned pregnancy. 

If you live in a state with restrictions, you may be considering traveling to Colorado to receive an abortion. Before you pack your bags, there are six things you should know! Keep reading to learn more.

1. Know About the Types of Abortion. 

There are two types of abortion—surgical and medical abortion. Before you travel, you’ll want to understand the processes and risks of these procedures. 

At CHOICES Pregnancy Resource Center, we provide confidential and compassionate abortion information. Click here to learn more.

2. Know How Far Along You Are in Your Pregnancy. 

Most abortion laws depend on your gestational age, or how far along you are in your pregnancy. Plus, a medical abortion, or abortion pill, has only been approved by the FDA for up to 10 weeks.1 If a woman has a regular menstrual period, then she can estimate her gestational age. But an ultrasound is the most exact way to figure out how far along you are. 

If you’ve already traveled to Colorado for an abortion, call CHOICES today to see if you qualify for a free ultrasound.

3. Know the Laws in Your State. 

Currently, abortion is legal all throughout pregnancy in Colorado.2 

You may be wondering if you could face legal troubles for traveling to Colorado for an abortion. While the majority of states with abortion restrictions do not prosecute women who receive abortions, some press charges against individuals who aid women in doing so. This could include providing transportation or finances.

4. Know the Laws in Other States. 

Although the Constitution protects a woman’s right to travel to another state for an abortion, abortion must be legal in that state.3 So, you’ll want to know the abortion laws in the state you plan to travel to. Other states could also have further restrictions such as required counseling, ultrasounds, or a waiting period before an abortion. 

5. Know the Cost. 

As of April 2024, abortion providers charge up to $800 for medical abortion or abortion pills.4 Surgical abortions can cost up to $1,150 in the first trimester, to $2,300 in the second trimester.5 These costs often include fees for ultrasounds, blood tests, medications, and follow-up appointments. Traveling for an abortion also includes the cost of travel, lodging, and even missing work. 

At CHOICES Pregnancy Resource Center, we can confirm your pregnancy and perform an ultrasound for free if you qualify. We do not provide or refer for abortion services, but we want to empower you with the information you need about all of your pregnancy options

Call us today at (719) 284-2300 for a confidential appointment. We will never share your pregnancy decision with anyone. 

6. Know About Follow-Up.

As with any medical procedure, follow-up care is recommended to evaluate for complications. Complications from the abortion pills could include retained pregnancy tissue, heavy bleeding, allergic reaction, or infection.6 Whereas complications from a surgical abortion could include uterine perforation, infection, or bleeding.7

So, if you travel out of state, you’ll need to know how long you might need to remain in the state for follow-up with the abortion provider.

Abortion Information in Cripple Creek and Woodland Park, CO 

We understand that abortion may feel like the best option for you right now. Consider scheduling a confidential appointment at CHOICES Pregnancy Resource Center. We provide free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and abortion information. We’re here to help you make an informed and empowered decision! 

To schedule your appointment, send a text to (719) 694-3201 or give us a call at (719) 284-2300 in Woodland Park or (719) 465-0123 in Cripple Creek. All services are free and confidential.

Please be aware that CHOICES Pregnancy Resource Center does not provide or refer for abortion services. 


  1. FDA. (2023, January). Questions and Answers on Mifepristone for Medical Termination of Pregnancy Through Ten Weeks Gestation. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/questions-and-answers-mifepristone-medical-termination-pregnancy-through-ten-weeks-gestation?sm_guid=NTU1NzgyfDYzMDE1OTM2fC0xfGppbUBha2ZhbWlseS5vcmd8NTY4OTI4MXx8MHwwfDE5OTYwMDk4OHwxMDg2fDB8MHx8NTQ3NzI2fDA1
  2. Reproductive Health Equity Act. Colorado General Assembly. (2022, March 23). Retrieved from https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb22-1279 
  3. Justice Department Files Statement of Interest in Case on Right to Travel to Access Legal Abortions. (2023, November 9). https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-files-statement-interest-case-right-travel-access-legal-abortions
  4. As advertised by abortion providers as of April 2024.
  5. As advertised by abortion providers as of April 2024.
  6. Cleveland Clinic. (2024, January 16). Medical Abortion. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/21899-medical-abortion
  7. Cleveland Clinic. (2024, February 9). What Is a D&C? https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/procedures/dilation-and-curettage