We understand you may want to maintain your privacy about the health care services you get.
Your right to privacy in California
California law guarantees the right to privacy to all people in California. This includes the right to:
- Choose to have an abortion without anyone else’s consent
- Provide abortion care without facing harassment, threats, or acts of violence
- Protected personal information for both patients and providers
If you live outside of California
It is important to protect your digital privacy. This can help prevent others from accessing information about your abortion.
If you are under 18
In California, if you are a minor you have the right to consent to an abortion on your own. You do not need permission from your parent, guardian, doctor, or anyone else.
Informing parents or guardians
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. These authorities may contact your parent or guardian.
In California, your school cannot notify your parent or guardian that you are leaving school to get an abortion if you decide to share the specific medical reason for your absence. The school also cannot require you to get parent or guardian permission first.
Learn more about your rights as a student.
If you are on another person's health plan in California, your abortion information may not be private. Examples would be if you get your health insurance through your parent or spouse.
You can submit a Confidential Communications Request to your insurance provider to:
- Keep your information private
- Send all abortion-related communications to a specific address
Submit a request through My Health My Info.
Here are resources to help you keep your online activity private.