If you are facing an ill-timed or unwanted pregnancy, one of the first questions you may be asking is, “How much are abortions?” Unfortunately, it’s not a question that can be answered as simply or as straightforward as you’d hope. There are many variables and additional questions to be asked and answered to find out what the cost may be for you.
We hope the information we are able to share with you in this article will be helpful to you. We also hope that after reading this you will contact us for more specific assistance and support at this challenging time. We at Avenue Women’s Center are committed to serving Chicagoland women with services and assistance needed when confronted with an unplanned pregnancy. We will answer questions, including some you might not even know you still want to ask. We promise caring, nonjudgmental, confidential assistance. Many of our services are free of cost to you—especially important when the price is important! Please contact us today at one of our five DuPage County locations for more information or to schedule a free, private consultation.
Can we start with a general idea of the price range?
According to sources we were able to identify, the price may be as little as $0 out of pocket for you, or go as high as over $3,000. A Guttmacher Institute 2017 Fact Sheet reports that as of 2011-2012, a surgical abortion performed at 10 weeks of the pregnancy in a non-hospital setting averaged $480, including local anesthesia. A medical abortion (utilizing the abortion pill) at 9 weeks of pregnancy cost $504. The American Pregnancy Association finds that the cost of a medical abortion may range from $300 to $800.
This leads to the next question: What exactly are these variables that can cause such a wide range in the cost of abortions?
• Abortions in some parts of the country are more expensive than in other areas. Abortion prices in the Midwest tend to be a bit lower than in other regions.
• How far along the pregnancy has progressed also plays a part. Along with the level of complexity, possible complications, and risks of the procedure, costs go up for abortions performed later in the pregnancy.
• What type of procedure you are choosing, surgical or medical, will make a difference in the price.
• Additional charges, such as for various types of testing, lab work, anesthesia or other medications, may be part of the final expense.
• Whether you go to an abortion clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital will also impact the price. A hospital procedure will almost always cost more.
• Your out-of-pocket expense may also depend on whether or not you have insurance or medical coverage.
These are all areas you will want to explore as you weigh your options and to find out “how much are abortions” for you in your unique situation.
As we noted earlier, many questions – including the financial expense – are in front of you as you consider your options. Perhaps the information here has prompted some other things you’ll want to find out about that you’d not thought of before. As with any health and well-being issue, the decisions you need to make are important ones. As you learn more and navigate through this time, we would be honored to make the journey with you. We are here with experienced, professional, compassionate support. Please contact us by call, text, email or chat. We hope to hear from you soon.
- My Abortion Questions. (2015, September) How Much Do Abortions Cost? http://www.myabortionquestions.org/abortion-questions/how-much-do-abortions-cost/
- Clear Health Costs. (2014, June). How much does an abortion cost? Well, from $0 to $3,275. Retrieved from: https://clearhealthcosts.com/blog/2014/06/much-abortion-cost-draft-theresas/
- Guttmacher Institute. (2017, January). Induced Abortion in the United States. Retrieved from: https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/induced-abortion-united-states
- American Pregnancy Association.(2017, June). How Much Does the Abortion Pill Cost? http://americanpregnancy.org/unplanned-pregnancy/abortion-pill/
The information provided here is general in nature. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.