The price of an abortion can range from several hundred dollars to over $1000 depending on your stage of pregnancy, the type of abortion procedure, and the option of anesthesia. In 2011–2012, the average amount paid for a nonhospital surgical abortion at 10 weeks’ gestation was $480.*
Be careful of abortion providers who ask for nonrefundable fees before they offer counseling or don’t allow you to ask questions about the procedure. Please read the Abortion Safety Checklist below. In addition to the financial cost, some women also suffer from emotional effects after an abortion.
Note: We offer peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services.
* The cost information provided is from Guttmacher Institute (accessed on October 17, 2016).
** The information provided is from the Mayo Clinic (accessed on October 17, 2016).
Abortion Safety ChecklistBefore you visit an abortion clinic or provider, we encourage you to ask yourself these important health and safety questions:
It is important to be sure that you are pregnant; it is possible to receive a false indication of pregnancy. We offer free, reliable pregnancy tests and other medical services to verify pregnancy and determine how far along you may be.
Abortion is a medical procedure and does involve the risk of physical harm. You have the legal right to be informed of the type of procedure you will receive, as well as any potential complications. Ask as many questions as you need, to make sure you understand all that is involved, physically and emotionally.
Find out the name of the doctor who will perform your abortion procedure, and confirm that he or she is a licensed physician and a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist(OB/GYN). Also, many states maintain public records about past medical malpractice judgments and settlements. You may consider calling your state agency (medical licensing board) to see if the doctor has been involved in any malpractice suits.
Abortion providers may not provide any follow-up or emergency care, should complications arise. Ask the abortion clinic if the abortion doctor has admitting privileges to a hospital nearby should you require emergency care.
Abortion is your choice–meaning you can change your mind at any time. It’s OK to say, “I need more time to think about this” if you are in the waiting room or even on the table prepped for your procedure. Don’t feel pressured to proceed just because you feel like you have to. It’s your body; you have the right to change your mind.