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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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Abortion
Amount: $3,700.00
Posted by: Jessica M in Long Island, NY.Posted: August 2nd, 2017 07:08AM
Policy/Plan:: No insuranceDoctor or Clinic: Hope clinic
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Abortion
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Sha2n in Louiville, KY.Posted: March 14th, 2017 11:03PM
If its not in marraige i think a
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Relieved
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: Gladys Tillear in Houston, TX.Posted: July 21st, 2016 08:07PM
Policy/Plan:: Doctor or Clinic: Houston Women's Clinic
This is the most difficult choice some people have ever had to make. But the nurses didn't judge me at all and talked to me and answered all my questions. I was really worried about the procedure being painful, but they helped me feel very comfortable. The doctor, Bernard Rosenfeld, is really good, look him up, and they actually include everything some clinics might charge extra for. They even give you a bottle of pain meds to take home.
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I know I'll regret this but it's for the best
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Just found out in still, OK.Posted: May 15th, 2016 09:05PM
My fiance and I have been broken up about 5 months now (we are still very close) but agreed that we could see other people until we are ready a little while back I started "having fun" with this guy and just found out Im pregnant I have taken 3 test and believe I am 6 to 8 weeks when I found out and was going to tell the guy I tried to get him to come over so i could tell him the situation in person he wouldn't come without me telling him anything so he made me text it to him. well when I told him he said it wasn't his because he pulled out after I told him he could still get me pregnant he still wouldn't listen or answer the phone. I tried to reason with him and be respectful by telling him and giving him an option and I hope that will always be in the back of his head like I know it will be for me. And I am so thankful that my ex fiance is here for me no matter what and one day I hope to have children but I need to know that they will be loved and cared for by both of their parents
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i need help
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Life's so hard y'all in Birmingham, AL.Posted: December 30th, 2015 10:12PM
Policy/Plan:: noneDoctor or Clinic: Looking/searching
I 31, I have a 13yr old & 10 yr old. I was with my 10yr olds father one sad night (he always catches me at my most vulnerable moments in life) I called to tell him. He refuses to take me to an abortion clinic or pay $$$. I'm 20 weeks & devastated.my transmission is out in my car & funds are low. Desperate measures. I need advice
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Don't want to be just a babymama.
Amount: $375.00
Posted by: Latrece in AUGUSTA, GA.Posted: December 30th, 2015 12:12PM
Policy/Plan:: InsuranceDoctor or Clinic: Preferred Women Health
I got pregnant by my boyfriend. Who didn't want anymore kids. He has 6 already and bring twins in this world is a lot. I seen myself married before I had my first kid right now I have to do what I have to because we can't afford anymore kids right now. So it for the best. And I don't think he is the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with. I just don't want to be a babymama.
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Jones
Amount: $565.00
Posted by: Patten in Chicago, IL.Posted: November 19th, 2015 09:11PM
With or Without Insurance: WithoutInsurer:: N/A
Policy/Plan:: Planned parenthoodDoctor or Clinic: West side healthcare
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Incomplete Miscarriage with ER visit
Amount: $821.17
Posted by: Anonymous84 in Towson, MD.Posted: October 18th, 2015 01:10PM
With or Without Insurance: After Insurance CoverageInsurer:: Cign
Policy/Plan:: PPODoctor or Clinic: U.o.M. St. Joseph's Medical Center
Charges for an "incomplete miscarriage" (the fetus naturally stopped growing / died at 9 weeks due to unknown causes). I spontaneously went into a mini-labor at 12 weeks which was very painful and led me to the ER where I passed the fetus, but the doctors recommended a D&C to make sure all the material was cleared out and to prevent hemorrhage. My health insurance plan covered 80% of all costs after a discount (which is highly variable and depends on agreements between the insurance company and the individual doctors/facilities). Breakdown of costs in the following format:
Charge Description: Raw Cost; Cost after Insurance Discount; Remaining Cost to me (20%)
Emergency Room Fees: $2687.50; $2633.77; $526.76
Emergency Room Physician: $619.00; $95.84; $19.17
D&C Procedure: $710.00; $395.20; $79.04
Anesthesiologist: $882.00; $693.00; $138.60
Pathology of tissue: $160.00; $160.00; $57.60
Total raw cost: $5058.00
Total cost to me after insurance: $821.17
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23 not ready
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: Lovey1234 in Augusta, GA.Posted: July 7th, 2015 01:07PM
Policy/Plan:: NONEDoctor or Clinic: Preferred woman's health clinic
This was never a choice for me... I knew it was something that I had to do... I was young living with my parents working a dead end job barely making ends meet ... And the guy that I got pregnant by was nothing I'd ever want to be my child's father ... So I made a grown up decision an did what was right for everyone.... I don't regret it at all!
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too late
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: a user in Mcallen, TX.Posted: July 6th, 2015 07:07AM
Policy/Plan:: noneDoctor or Clinic: clinic
I got pregnet at 17 I thought it was a great.idea to have my baby with my high skool sweetheart I was so in love.. my mom want it me to abort, him I dint worst dision of my life I wish I could go back I am still with his father but dont feel the love no more... i wanna do so many things in my life n now i can't I am stuck here in till i die. Iam 21 now
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Abortion
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: JustThinking in Long Beach, CA.Posted: June 25th, 2015 10:06AM
I'm not sure if I'm pregnant just yet but. I'm considering having an abortion because if I am I know it wont be by my current bf. We broke up a while back bc I thought he was cheating on me so to get back at him I broke up with him and slept with someone else. It did make me feel better at the time and I did use protection but I'm unsure if it completely stayed on. It lasted literally .5 seconds but I know that doesn't matter. But if I am pregnant I will be getting the softtouch abortion option due to the fact it doesn't have any major side effects and is basically natural so if anyone is early in weeks I suggest that you look into that one. Bc its better emotional if you make the decision before a child even fully develops bc then it's like your not killing anything. Well that's it I hope this helps someone
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Am I worthy
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Confused and fearful in Detroit, MI.Posted: March 28th, 2015 02:03AM
Policy/Plan:: medicaidDoctor or Clinic:
I am 26 loving back with my mother for the 3rd time. I have no college education and my boyfriend doesn't have his g.e.d. I am struggling to pay the few bills that I have and I am struggling with being happy with myself, as a person. I feel I am emotionally and mentally capable and ready to be a mother, but I fear that my lack of self sufficiency and funds, means that I am not ready. When I think about having the baby I cry and feel grief for not being more established at this age in my life. when I think about a abortion I feel depressed and disgusted with myself. I am not an indecisive person but this decision has me stumped. I don't know how to determine what is right for me, which decision I can live with- which decision is best for me.
I love my mother dearly, but she has been no help. she just keeps telling me it's not right and I shouldn't do it. I am completely lost and scared. And I don't know how to make this decision.
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need help finding a clinic
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Brazell in tulsa, OK.Posted: March 8th, 2015 05:03AM
Policy/Plan:: tulsa, okDoctor or Clinic: zero out
I am 34 years old.
. Have aspbirgers, and PCOS. I have no income, health insurance exct. But am pretty sure I need help.
What do I do?
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Don\'t know what to do :\'(
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: s.sisler28 in Severna Park, MD.Posted: December 1st, 2014 07:12PM
Just recently found out I was pregnant when to the hospital with sharp pains and bleeding and found out I was 6 weeks pregnant.. don't know what to do every time I consider abortion I start tearing up :( someone help.. adoption is definitely out of the question
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Scared
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: One mind in Hinesville, GA.Posted: November 8th, 2014 06:11PM
I think I may be pregnant. I didn't have my cycle last month and it hasn't came on this month… well not yet at least. I know for sure I want to get an abortion because in a few months I will be leaving for basic training. I spent my whole life taking care of other people and I just want to finally do something for myself by myself. I've read a lot of you guys comments and it actually made me feel a little better about my decision. I know I have to do whats right for me. Praying for you all!
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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
Amount: $0.00
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
With or Without Insurance: WithoutInsurer::
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 [email protected] 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
With or Without Insurance: WIthoutInsurer::
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
With or Without Insurance: withoutInsurer::
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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  3.  www.choicemedicalgroup.com/your-options/fee-schedule
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  11.  www.prochoice.org/pregnant/expect/clinic.html
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