Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) About Choices Women’s Medical Center
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Choices Women’s Medical Center are included on this page. Frequently Asked Questions are answered about Surgical Abortion, Medical Abortion or Abortion Pill, Gynecology, and Pregnancy on separate pages. Choices is woman-owned and operated with mainly women staff.
How long has Choices been in business?
Choices was founded in 1971 and has been offering the highest standard of care with complete confidentiality since that time.
Are you a free clinic that offers free abortion?
No. Choices is privately owned by Merle Hoffman who founded Choices in 1971 shortly after New York State made abortion legal and two years before it was legalized nationally. At the same time, we help patients work out financing so that abortion can be free or low-cost. We accept most insurance plans as well as NY Medicaid. New York State residents, including Nassau and Suffolk County residents, can apply for Presumptive (Emergency) Medicaid on site for an appointment that day. We also accept cash and all major credit cards. We partner with funding agencies that can help cover the cost.
Do you provide the “Morning After” Pill?
Yes, we do provide the “Morning After” Pill at Choices. Also known as Plan B, it helps prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex. Plan B is NOT an abortion pill. It does NOT affect or end an existing pregnancy. Plan B is covered by most insurances and Medicaid.
Do you offer free pregnancy testing?
Yes, Choices offers free urine pregnancy testing. The urine pregnancy test detects pregnancy approximately four weeks after conception or about two weeks after your first missed period. This test can detect pregnancy as early as 10 days after conception. All testing can be performed on a walk-in basis.
Do you have any female physicians available?
Yes, we have women doctors available for all services.
Is everything confidential?
All of our services are completely confidential. Patient information is never released without the signature and authorization of the patient.
Do I have to give you my real name?
It is always important to give accurate and current information on medical records. Your correct name, address, phone number and medical history are important for many reasons, particularly in case of emergency.
Does my partner need to know?
No. Your partner does not need to know. Your services are completely confidential. If you are using insurance to pay for services, it is possible that your partner will have access to the information from your insurance company if you are jointly insured. In this case, you can consider paying by cash or money order.
Will my parents find out?
Our Insurance Specialists can help you contact your insurance company to discuss their policy on abortion confidentiality. Emergency Medicaid and other payment methods can be completely confidential.
Do I have to make an appointment for an abortion?
Appointments are always recommended. You may also walk-in for specific services. You can call 718-786-5000 to speak to one of our representatives or make an online appointment for any of our services. Chat is available 9am to 5pm on Monday to Saturday from links on most pages of our website.
Do I need a pregnancy test done at your clinic before scheduling an appointment?
No. Your pregnancy test is performed when you arrive for your appointment.
Do you offer birth control?
Yes. Before your procedure, your counselor will talk with about your needs and help you choose the method that is right for you.
Up to how many weeks do you terminate pregnancy?
We can terminate pregnancy up to 24 weeks, the legal limit in New York State.
What is the earliest you can be in a pregnancy to terminate?
In most cases the abortion can be performed as early as the EPT pregnancy test shows positive results or at approximately 5 to 6 weeks. Make an appointment with us if your period is two weeks late.
How much does the abortion pill cost?
Medical abortion, also known as the “abortion pill,” is available for $600, which includes your first visit and a follow-up visit.
How much does a surgical abortion cost?
The cost will vary from $500 to $2800, depending on how far along you are in pregnancy.
Can I have an abortion if I’ve had a C-Section for childbirth?
If you have had a C-Section, there are certain limitations for surgical abortions at Choices. If you are in your first trimester (3 months) of pregnancy, you cannot have an abortion at Choices if you have had more than 3 C-sections. If you are 13-17 weeks pregnant, you cannot have an abortion at Choices if you have had more than 2 C-sections. If you are 18-20 weeks, you cannot have an abortion at Choices if you have had more than 1 C-Section. If you are more than 20 weeks pregnant, you cannot have an abortion at Choices if you have had a C-Section.
Can I use my parent’s insurance?
What insurances does Choices take?
- Consumer Health Network
- Empire BCBS
- Empire Healthplus
- Empire Plan
- GHI (Emblem)
- HIP (Emblem)
- Health first
- Healthcare Partners
- magna care
- United Community Health/Essential Plans
I don’t have insurance. Can I still get an abortion at Choices?
Yes. If you need help paying for your abortion, Choices can help you in several ways.
*You may qualify for Emergency Medicaid which covers pregnancy-related services, including both medical (“the pill”) and surgical abortions. *We can help secure funds for you from a funding agency or organization that will cover the cost. *We can help you work out a reasonable self-pay plan. Please call 718-349-9100, Ext 520 to speak with a Choices financial counselor who can assist you in abortion funding related questions.
If I have no money can you help me get a free abortion?
We can help NYC and Nassau and Suffolk residents apply for Presumptive (Emergency) Medicaid when you come in for your appointment.
How soon can I get an appointment?
Appointments are available for the same day or the following day. Choices is open Tuesday through Saturday.