“HOW MUCH DOES AN ABORTION COST?”
The specific cost of an abortion depends on the type of procedure and the size of the baby, which are based on gestational age. The price rises as pregnancy progresses. Cost also varies by provider; clinics and private practice abortionists typically offer lower costs than hospitals.
The cost of abortion varies widely, and according to Planned Parenthood, it is dependent on a variety of factors. These include but are not limited to the following1:
- Health Insurance. Do you have health insurance? If so, you may want to discuss with them to become clearer on what your plan may or may not cover in terms of aborting your pregnancy.
- If you don’t have health insurance, your out-of-pocket cost may be higher. Some government health insurance plans assist with abortions, however, others do not.
- The cost of an abortion varies from state to state and clinic to clinic. It’s important to gather all information regarding cost prior to your abortion.
- Type of Abortion. There are two types of abortions – chemical or medical abortion (a.k.a. the abortion pill) and surgical abortion (See Abortion Pill and Surgical Abortion). The price is dependent upon the type of abortion you desire.
- How far along in your pregnancy are you? The farther along you are in your pregnancy, the more your abortion may cost.
Some states may have age restrictions or waiting periods 2. Laws are changing rapidly from state to state and new legislation is being introduced regarding abortion regularly.
1 Planned Parenthood (2014). Abortion. Retrieved from http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-info/abortion/the-abortion-pill and http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-info/abortion/in-clinic-abortion-procedures.
2 Planned Parenthood (2019). How do I get the abortion pill? Retrieved from https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion/the-abortion-pill/how-do-i-get-the-abortion-pill