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Abortion access has been under threat for years, long before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year. Now, with the right to abortion governed by a patchwork of different state laws, figuring out where and how you can get abortion care has become confusing, stressful, do you still wash your face while on accutane and scary, sometimes coming with serious legal consequences.

Trustworthy abortion resources do exist, but finding them on Google — where abortion misinformation and anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers are everywhere — is no simple feat. Instead of clicking through sketchy sites, what if you could just talk to someone who knows all the answers, without fear of judgment or legal trouble? With the help of a chatbot called Charley, that might just be possible.

What Is Charley?

Charley is an abortion chatbot whose goal is to “help abortion seekers, full stop,” Kiana Tipton, Charley’s Executive Director, tells SheKnows. The chatbot, which launched earlier this month, asks users a few questions (like their zip codes, date of their last period, and the procedure they’re looking for) and points them to relevant, trustworthy resources to get the care they need. The chatbot was cofounded by Cecile Richards, the former president of Planned Parenthood, and the team includes experts from Plan C and M+A Hotline, plus partners like the National Abortion Hotline and Ineedana.com.

“We know that the questions folks are asking about abortion are pretty simple: How do I get care? What’s legal in my state? Where do I go?’” Richards tells SheKnows. “Charley was built to cut through the noise and provide answers that are easy to understand, responsive to abortion seekers, and — crucially — vetted by a team of medical and legal experts.”

Chats with Charley are designed to be simple, convenient, and easy to understand. The chatbot aims to help users find the best option for their needs and offer links to next action steps, which might include getting abortion pills, scheduling in-person appointments, avoiding crisis pregnancy centers, or finding further support or assistance.

According to Tipton, chatting with Charley should feel “like texting with a friend” — helpful, trustworthy, and most of all, safe.

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