Your Appointment

Early Options

  • Only Natural methods
  • Companion welcome
  • Low volume of patients
  • Private exam room
  • No wait
  • Private consult with your Doctor
  • Recover privately
  • Appointment time 1-2 hours

NYC Abortion Clinics*

  • Surgical methods
  • Companion in waiting room
  • High volume of patients
  • Station-to-station
  • Long waits
  • Meet Doctor in operating room
  • Recover with other patients
  • Appointment time 4-6 hours

* Based upon the typical experience

A Truly Calming Atmosphere

No crowded waiting rooms. No loud machines. No chilly operating rooms. Instead, you will be seen in a private and relaxing space

We Take your Privacy Seriously

We make our best effort to ensure you won’t see another patient while you are in our practice. Unlike a clinic, only one patient is scheduled at time.

You’re Not Alone

Your companion is welcome to be by your side. You will also have an assistant who is completely dedicated to supporting you.

By Women…For Women

Getting an abortion can make even the strongest woman feel vulnerable. We’re all women here. We give you kindness, not judgment.

Our Physicians


Our Founder: Dr. Joan Fleischman
Dr. Joan Fleischman is the founding physician of Early Options®, and a champion for revolutionizing and elevating women’s healthcare. After her Harvard Medical School training, she has dedicated her life – and the last two decades – to developing a natural abortion experience that’s safe, gentle, and effective. The result is the internationally recognized SofTouch® method and the highly personalized Early Options® experience. Discover more about Dr. Fleischman, how to receive an early abortion as a safe, and private experience, and read her personal message to you.

Dr. Elaine Kang
Dr. Elaine Kang is board-certified in family medicine and a leader in women’s health. She received extensive training from Dr. Joan Fleischman in early abortion procedures. Dr. Kang is passionate about providing women with high-quality medical care and finds fulfillment knowing women feel relief after being cared for at Early Options®. Dr. Kang received the Barnett A. Slepian Memorial Fund to advance training in abortion care, and completed the Physicians for Reproductive Health and Choice Leadership Training Academy to provide leadership in the reproductive health field.

Dr. Zahra Virani
Dr. Zahra Virani is a board-certified family physician, and a champion for women’s health. Dr. Virani is passionate about providing women with high-quality medical care. She believes it is every woman’s right to have access to a full spectrum of safe healthcare options. Dr. Virani is proud to be part of the team at Early Options®, where every woman is treated with such kindness and respect. She is an advocate for reproductive rights and believes deeply that it is every woman’s right to have control over her own body. Dr. Virani has completed a fellowship in reproductive health and advocacy with the Reproductive Health Access Project and the Leadership Training Academy.

Dr. Vanita Kumar
Vanita Kumar M.D. is a board certified Family Medicine physician who specializes in women’s health. Originally from the Midwest, Dr. Kumar came to New York City to attend Columbia University and graduated in 1996. She went on to earn her M.D. degree at George Washington University School of Medicine in 2000. Dr. Kumar has over 14 years experience in women’s health with a special interest in family planning. She served as Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic from 2014-2016.  As an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she also loves to teach medical students and residents. She is deeply committed to providing high quality care with respect and kindness. Her practice is shaped by my belief that women deserve access to a full spectrum of reproductive health information and choices. Dr. Kumar is passionate about applying the latest scientific advances in medicine to her practice and partnering with women to help them make the best decisions for their health and well being.

Third Party Accreditations and Recommendations

We constantly seek out third-party accreditation and recommendations from internationally respected healthcare organizations.

National Abortion Federation (NAF) Member
Since 2000, Early Options has been a member of the National Abortion Federation (NAF). To maintain NAF membership, we undergo frequent and rigorous on-site evaluations of our practice and protocols to ensure we’re adhering to the highest standards of medical care.

Recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO)
The SofTouch® method, developed by Dr. Fleischman, is a manual aspiration procedure. Along with the Abortion Pill, the manual aspiration process is recommended as the safest early abortion method by the WHO.