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How Much Does an Abortion Cost?

 
average costEarly: $320-$500high costLate: $1,000-$2,000 or more
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  Typical costs:
  • The cost of abortion depends on the type of abortion performed and how far the pregnancy has progressed.
  • For patients not covered by insurance, a surgical abortion in a doctor's office or a medical abortion at 10 weeks typically costs about $320 to $500. At 16 weeks, a surgical abortion costs about $500 to $700. At 20 weeks or later, a surgical abortion costs about $1,000 to $2,000 or more.
  • Most abortions -- 88 percent -- are obtained by week 13; however, sometimes a health risk faced by the woman or other reasons cause women to seek later abortions, according to the National Abortion Federation[1] . An abortion usually is considered late-term at 20 weeks, and it is much more difficult to find providers for second-trimester abortions.
  • Cost examples include: the Aalto Women's Center[2] in Houston, Texas, which charges $320 up to 11 weeks, up to $595 at their maximum of 15 weeks; and Choice Medical Group[3] in San Francisco, Calif., which charges $450 to $600 up to 12 weeks, $1,000 at 15 to 16 weeks; and $2,000 at 20 to 24 weeks.
  • For patients covered by insurance, out-of-pocket costs typically include a copay for routine outpatient surgery -- usually between $15 and $150, depending on the plan. For medical abortions, out-of-pocket costs usually include copays for the prescription drug and for the office visit.
  • Elective abortion is sometimes covered by health insurance. For example, Women's Health Practice[4] works with BlueCross BlueShield, United Healthcare and Unicare. However, five states -- Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri, North Dakota and Oklahoma -- restrict private insurers' ability to cover abortions, allowing it only under certain circumstances, such as rape or for health reasons. Plans vary, so it is important to check with your insurer to see if abortion is covered, and to check with the clinic to see if they accept your insurance.
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What should be included:
  • There are several types of abortion that fall into two groups -- surgical and medical. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists[5] provides an overview of the various types of abortion procedures.
  • In a vacuum aspiration, the most widely used type of surgical abortion, which can be done through the end of the first 12 weeks, the doctor administers local anesthesia, dilates the cervix, then uses a thin tube with gentle suction to remove the contents of the uterus. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists[6] provides descriptions of the procedure.
  • In dilation and evacuation, which usually is done in the second 12 weeks, the doctor will administer local or general anesthesia, then use probes to dilate the cervix, use a hollow tube with suction to remove tissue, use forceps to remove larger pieces of tissue and then scrape the uterine walls.
  • In medical abortions, doctors prescribe one or a combination of the drugs mifepristone, methotrexate and misoprostol. Sometimes, one drug is administered at a doctor's office and a second drug is taken at home 24 to 72 hours later, causing bleeding that can resemble a heavy period. A follow-up visit will be scheduled for two weeks later to make sure the abortion is complete. This type of abortion must be performed early --within the first seven to nine weeks.
  • A pre-surgery ultrasound, lab work and a follow-up visit usually are included in the flat fee for an abortion.
Additional costs:
  • A twilight anesthesia, instead of local one, can cost about $100 extra.
  • Patients who are Rh negative -- about 15 percent of the population is --will need a shot of immune globulin, which can cost $40 to $120 extra.
  • Pain medication and antibiotics can cost extra. Some clinics offer oral Valium for $200 or more extra.
  • Sometimes, blood tests are required after the procedure to make sure all pregnancy tissue has been removed from the uterus, to prevent infection; these can cost about $100.
Discounts:
  • Abortions at low-cost clinics can cost 20 to 30 percent less than abortions at a doctor's office. The National Abortion Federation[7] offers a toll-free hotline that provides referrals to area clinics and information on financial assistance options.
  • The National Network of Abortion Funds[8] offers information about abortion funding for women who qualify, as well as a map[9] of state Medicaid coverage.
Shopping for an abortion:
  • Contact your gynecologist to see whether he or she performs abortions. The National Abortion Federation[10] offers a clinic locator by state; or call the NAF toll-free hotline at 1-800-772-9100.
  • Make sure the provider you choose is licensed by the state, will do a pregnancy test and a pelvic exam or ultrasound to determine how far along the pregnancy is, will answer your questions and tell you the total cost upfront. Also make sure the clinic has arrangements with a local hospital in case of complication. The National Abortion Federation[11] offers advice on choosing a provider.
  • The Guttmacher Institute[12] offers information on abortion restrictions in each state.
  • Abortion is considered a low-risk procedure, especially in early pregnancy. Risks include incomplete abortion; infection; hemorrhage; damage to the uterus or other organs, such as bladder and bowels; or a risk of death of one in 100,000.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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No regrets
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: NoRegrets in Minneapolis, MN.Posted: September 30th, 2013 07:09PM
Policy/Plan:: NoneDoctor or Clinic: Planned parenthood
I have a 2 year old with a man who does nothing for his child. I found myself pregnant in June with my current bf. I could not afford another child. I'm a college student already living at home. My father told me he couldn't handle another baby in the house... If my situation was different IE married house good job I would have chosen differently but it's not. I did what was best for my daughter and I. I do not regret it at all. I have an IUD now so this does not happen again. First and only abortion.
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its gonna b ok
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Posted by: all choices r hard in fresno, CA.Posted: June 8th, 2013 01:06PM
Policy/Plan:: allianceDoctor or Clinic: fpa fresno ca
I had an abortion 6/7/13 it was n will forever b the hardest decision I have made in my life. I have 3 kids n struggle daily it wouldn't of been fair for my 4th or my current 3 I had to think of them I was pregnant by a man I love n he loves me he was supportive in any decision I made I feel I made it for not jst me but for all if us. I do want one more child n I will have one with him whn the time is right.... u will b OK in whatever choice u make... It is scary but what major choice n life isn't..
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It Gets Better...However
Amount: $425.00
Posted by: 18 & Pregnant in Columbia, SC.Posted: February 23rd, 2013 05:02PM
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Policy/Plan:: Doctor or Clinic: Clinic
I was an 18 years old college student when I first got pregnant in 2010 and I was terrified. I felt like I was following in my mom's footsteps and felt like if I would of told her I would have let her down. So, at 9 wks I went and got it done and honestly the hardest part was after. The vaccuum was nothing, the meds they put u on was nothing. It was an okay experience, but afterwards I felt like I wasn't the same. I cried hard for about an hour. But after I got home I sucked it up because my mom had NO idea. She still doesn't. And now unfortunately I am afraid that I may be pregnant again...and even though my fiance and I are going strong right now we are not ready for a kid at all. So, I'm still praying that I'm not pregnant! But anyways all i can say is do what you feel is right. If you're worried about people looking down on you trust me, it doesn't happen. ALL of my friends sticked with me through it all and then when they ended up getting pregnant I stuck with them through whatever their decision. And another thing. It is perfectly okay to feel afraid. I was scared out of my mind, but after getting it done it really wasnt that bad. At all. I hope this helped
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NO REGRETS
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: PRO-MYCHOICE in Bel Air, MD.Posted: February 8th, 2013 10:02AM
Policy/Plan:: ????Doctor or Clinic: baltimore womens health center@the time
Have had 2 abortions at this center which is now called whole womens health of Baltimore on BelAir rd in md. They were amazing. The cost would of been $525 but my insurance at the time covered them both. Maybe i feel nothing from the procedures because i had general anesthesia. I do feel one thing n that is HATE for all these so called baby savers. It is not a baby until viable n doctors are not obligated to do anything before viability. Meaning u deliver before viability, they dont have to "save" it. Plus 99% of yall bitch n moan about your tax dollars supporting us pofolks, yet want to take our right to choose away which will end in women havin even mor babies these days they cannot support n are obligated to get help from ss and wic just to feed them. N you still whine about your hard earned money going to supposedly "lazy" women who wont get jobs when in most cases is because they are tied down with a baby. They wana work but in most cases childcare costs take 99.99% of a paycheck.
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Living with it afterward.
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: True friend in Dallas, TX.Posted: October 20th, 2012 12:10PM
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Policy/Plan:: Doctor or Clinic: Clinic
I have never had an abortion but several of my friends have and they all say it is hell to live with. We all grew up in the 70's and thought nothing of it at the time but they are all mothers now and some grandmothers and they all still have a hard time living with it. I did not judge them then or now but feel so sorry they have the rest of their lives to live with their choice. I do think our biggest failure as a people is lack of education for our young women. We need to eliminate the need for abortion through open communication!!
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Biggest mistake ever....
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: Karma... in Boston, MA.Posted: October 9th, 2012 11:10AM
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So called "experts" swear up and down that abortions,do not hinder your chances of conceiving. This is erroneous! I had two young children when I discovered my husband was cheating on me. I then found myself pregnant but the cad. I had absolutely no trouble conceiving my first two. I.was young and healthy...in great shape. After the abortion, I had complications. I got an infection from some tissue left behind and ended up in my local ER, then admitted. I was 25 when this happened. A year and a half later I am.finally divorced from the cad and engaged to a man who was my best Friend in high school. I have tried shots, pills, cycling, praying, everything known to man. the love of my life and i cannot conceive. I full of issues from the infection and procedure itself. I guess I got what I deserve.
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PPH STL , Left the Placenta in me after the Abortion
Amount: $450.00
Posted by: Shelby in st.louis, MO.Posted: August 2nd, 2012 11:08PM
With or Without Insurance: noneInsurer::
Policy/Plan:: Doctor or Clinic: Planned Parent Hood St.louis
i got a abortion in december 2011..and shortly after i was driving myself to the hospital because i had blood clots the size of softballs or bigger..it was terrible and though i feel i made the right decision in getting the abortion , NEVER again would i do it or tell anyone to get one. the doctor at planned parenthood left parts of the placenta still in me ..i thought i was dying , and i was scheduled for a D&C. i just hope it doesnt affect any future pregnancies!
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suction abortion
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: passion in harrisburg, PA.Posted: March 5th, 2012 02:03PM
With or Without Insurance: withoutInsurer::
I was 19 already had a two year the guy forced me to get one it tilted my cervix im 43 have 4 kids 3 boys 25, 20, 18 and 1 girl 15 and they all know. I dont reget because its been 22 years that i have grown with my children and maybe it wasnt meant for me to have that child.
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Costs
Amount: $520.00
Posted by: A Woman in Content with a decision, GA.Posted: February 21st, 2012 04:02PM
With or Without Insurance: WithoutInsurer::
Abortion should be a woman's choice, and I wish it were covered fully by healthcare plans. These procedures should not be considered different from any other surgery or other medical procedure. My experience was okay. It did take a small toll on my mentally more than physically. I'm confident that I made the right decision. I'm only a teenager and am not fully prepared to bring another life into the world. It's better off this way.
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Abortion Cost
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: No Regrets in New York, NY.Posted: January 15th, 2012 07:01AM
With or Without Insurance: WithoutInsurer::
Policy/Plan:: Doctor or Clinic: Planned Parenthood
My birth control failed and my decision to have an abortion was immediate. It was the absolute right decision and I have no "mental challenge" about it. Anti-choice folks ony care about the kid until it's born, then they'll start talking about you if you take welfare to support it. Religion has NO PLACE in law and women should always always be abe to control their own fertility. Period, end of story.
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My abortion
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: ryans mom in St Louis, MO.Posted: August 28th, 2011 07:08PM
With or Without Insurance: withoutInsurer::
Policy/Plan:: noneDoctor or Clinic: Planned parenthood
This was the MOST regrettable decision of my life. This took place when I was 18, my parents and my boyfriends parents forced us to have the abortion so that we could continue on to college. I would give anything to have my 35 year old son back today! Please reconsider if you are heading for an abortion appointment. It's not worth a lifetime of self loathing, pain, shame and depression!
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ABORTION
Amount: $589.00
Posted by: JOY in BLOOMINGTON, MN.Posted: July 29th, 2011 04:07PM
With or Without Insurance: WITH OUTInsurer:: NONO
Policy/Plan:: NONEDoctor or Clinic: PLANNED PARENT HOOD
I AM A 34 YEAR OLD WIFE AND MOTHER OF THREE. MY OLDEST IS 16 YEARS OLD MY MIDDLE IS 13 YEARS OLD AND MY BABY IS 6 YEARS OLD. MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN MESSIND AROUND FOR ABOUT A YEAR,AND HAS EVEN GAVE ME AN STD WHICH ALMOST MADE ME CATCH A CASE. I HAVE BEEN PREGNANT 7 TIMES BY MY HUSBAND
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abortion
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: LaShay in Rochester, NY.Posted: January 8th, 2011 12:01PM
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Policy/Plan:: blue choiceDoctor or Clinic: Planned parent Hood
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abortion
Amount: $800.00
Posted by: Ann F in Tulsa, OK.Posted: October 27th, 2010 12:10PM
With or Without Insurance: withoutInsurer:: none
Policy/Plan:: Doctor or Clinic: clinic
Helped take a niece who got pregnant at 14 to have an abortion she is now like 35 has 4 kids and does not in the least regret it. I often wonder how things would have turned out for her the guy who got her pregnant turned his back on her and so did his family so she would have been on her own and living on welfare as it is she went on to college and has made something of herself is in a wonderful relationship with the father of her kids and seems really happy. thank you for having abortion help.
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wow
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: miss missy in big rapids, MI.Posted: August 7th, 2010 09:08AM
This is the hardest thing I believe that I have had to help do My daughter is 17 next week and is preg.she dosent know what to do, But I will stand behind her in what ever the choice is. I am so afraid it might mess her up for other childern. man we are scared...
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abortion
Amount: $650.00
Posted by: imastubbmule in austin, TX.Posted: May 13th, 2010 05:05PM
With or Without Insurance: withoutInsurer::
The first time i got pregnant I couldnt do it. I felt really wrong about it. The second time I got pregnant it was totally different. I had a boyfriend purposely get me pregnant and he turned psycho. ANyways I have no regrets whatsoever and Know I did the right thing. I was 15 the first time. And let me tell you it's not fun having a child at that age. Do what you feel is right. Go with your Gut feeling. You are the only person who knows how you really feel and your decesion should be based upon that if it's not thats when it will haunt you the rest of your life. You also need to factor in are you ready to have a child and are you willing to give up your lifestyle and everything to be responsible enough to take care of and provide for that child. If you use drugs will u be able to or willing 2 stop using throughout your entire pregnancy. If the answer is no then abortion is for you I think. we all have problems and conceiving a child you know is likely to suffer damagaing effects caused from drug use during pregnancy is just not right. I believe you should choose abortion. Once again dont try to kid yourself you know deep down if your ready or not ready willing or not willing to take on all these many things AND MOST IMPORTANTLY DO WHAT YOU FEEL IS THE BEST DECESION FOR YOU and Your unborn Child and Your Lives in the future! DONT WORRY ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK OR SAY! YOU KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU AND THIS IS ABOUT YOU not THEM! If you go with your true feelings then you will have no regrets whatsoever. Hope this helps you!
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not sure..
Amount: $525.00
Posted by: jessicer in augusta, ME.Posted: February 21st, 2010 08:02PM
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Policy/Plan:: Doctor or Clinic: family planning
It wasn't easy mentally or physically. I also, do have some regrets and worrys that I may have problems conceiving and maybe I should have kept that child regardless, of my poor circumstances at the time...praying it wasn't my only chance and I screwed it all up!
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my experience
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: SUCCESSFULNOW07 in DETROIT, MI.Posted: October 6th, 2009 04:10PM
With or Without Insurance: withoutInsurer:: HAP
Policy/Plan:: HMODoctor or Clinic: SUMMIT WOMENS IN DETROIT,MI
I WAS VERY SAID I WAS OK WITH THE PROCEDURE UNTIL I SAW THE VACUUM. I KNEW THIS WAS THE RIGHT THING FOR ME IN THE BEGINNING BUT NOW I SOMETIMES REGRET IT. I WAS ONLY 17 KICKED OUT OF MY MOTHERS HOUSE ON THE STREET, I WOULD HAVE ENDED UP ON THE WELFARE IF I WOULD HAVE CHOSE LIFE. NOW THAT IM OLDER I WOULDNT ELECT IT AGAIN UNLESS I GOT RAPED OR SOMETHING EXTREME HAPPENDS.
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Abortion
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Aforgivenwoman in Dallas, TX.Posted: January 24th, 2009 05:01PM
With or Without Insurance: WithoutInsurer::
Dec 14, 1985......this was the worst thing that I ever did in my life. It left me with a mental challenge. The surgical procedure is one thing but the afterwards effects are unbelievable and almost unbearable! Emotional setback, nightmares of a child crying, a glance at a family photo and just knowing that another child should have been there...these are the kinds of things you will experience.

I only could get over this with much prayer and constant repentance unto GOD!
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External Resources:
  1.  www.prochoice.org/about_abortion/facts/after_12_weeks.html
  2.  www.aaltowomenscenter.com/feeschedule.htm
  3.  www.choicemedicalgroup.com/your-options/fee-schedule
  4.  www.womenshealthpractice.com/abortion.htm
  5.  www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq168.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20130521T0823045581
  6.  www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq043.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20130521T0823519038
  7.  www.prochoice.org/pregnant/hotline/
  8.  www.fundabortionnow.org/
  9.  www.fundabortionnow.org/
  10.  www.prochoice.org/pregnant/find/index.html
  11.  www.prochoice.org/pregnant/expect/clinic.html
  12.  www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/sfaa.html
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