Are you experiencing an unplanned pregnancy? Before you do anything else today, take a deep breath and remember that you’re not alone! Millions of women have walked in your shoes and have overcome these feelings of anxiety, fear, and worry.
Maybe you feel like you’re too young, that you don’t have enough money and resources, or that you’re just not in the right time and place in life to be a parent. Perhaps you feel embarrassed and wish you could just close your eyes and make it all go away.
Whatever you’re feeling, remember that your emotions are valid. In the midst of the many feelings and thoughts you may be having, you’re likely trying to make a plan and explore your options.
“Parenting, abortion, or adoption — Which one is best for me?”
“What do I need to do before I decide?”
“If I choose abortion, what kind is right for me? How do I get one?”
It’s okay to ask these questions and take the time you need to explore the options available to you!
Many women faced with unplanned pregnancies find that finances are a major deciding factor in their final decision, so we’re here to help you learn more!
How much does the abortion pill cost?
If your pregnancy is less than 11 weeks along, you might be eligible for a medical abortion, also known as “the abortion pill.” Medical abortion is a two-pill process that stops the development of the pregnancy and forces it from the uterus.
While the price differs depending on the clinic, the average cost of medical abortion is around $500.
How much does a surgical abortion cost?
If your pregnancy is further along than 10 weeks, you will be required to undergo a surgical abortion. The cost of the procedure will largely depend on the type of abortion and the stage of the pregnancy, but will typically range anywhere from $500 to $3,000.
What other costs are associated with abortion?
When considering your pregnancy options, it’s important to educate yourself and understand the additional costs you might face when it comes to the preparation, procedure, recovery, and side-effects of abortion.
1. Other medical costs
In addition to the cost of the abortion itself, you’ll also likely be responsible for the cost of any preparation, tests, and medication required.
Before you schedule your abortion appointment, you’ll want to schedule an ultrasound. You might be wondering, “Why get an ultrasound if I’m planning on getting an abortion?” Great question!
Ultrasounds provide women and their doctors with an important understanding of the pregnancy. The scan will reveal information like the age, location, and viability of the pregnancy, making it easier for your doctor to determine which type of abortion you’re eligible for and identify any existing medical conditions related to the safety of the abortion.
Most clinics will charge you an additional fee for the ultrasound, however, at PCC Petoskey, we provide them on a confidential and no-cost basis!
It’s also good to be aware that in the case of complications related to abortion, you could encounter additional medical costs.
2. Travel costs
If you live in a remote area or are looking for abortion options away from your hometown to remain confidential, you’ll need to factor in the cost of travel, including a flight or gas and a comfortable place to stay.
3. Time off from work
Abortion is a serious medical procedure and you’ll definitely want to take time off from work and social life for several days, if not weeks. With that said, be prepared to budget for the time you’ll miss away from work and any potential paychecks you’ll be forgoing.
4. Relational cost
For many women, the cost of abortion goes beyond finances. Studies show that post-abortive women struggle to connect with those closest to them — a side-effect that can last long after the abortion itself.
The rate of breakups and divorces following abortion falls between 40 and 75 percent. Post-abortive women also report difficulties bonding with their future children.1
Women who plan on keeping their pregnancy and abortion private might also face additional relational stressors with family and friends due to “keeping a secret” and a lack of openness and transparency in the relationship.
5. Emotional cost
Another “hidden” abortion cost that shouldn’t be ignored involves the many emotional risks. While there are potential physical risks, a major risk of abortion to consider is the increase in mental health issues related to the procedure. Post-abortive women experience “significant mental health issues” — like depression and anxiety — “that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.”2
What are my other options?
When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, it can feel like abortion is the only option available to you. However, parenting and adoption are also both valid options, and even in the midst of your fear and worry, you have support and resources available to you.
Your friends at PCC Petoskey are here to help you explore your three pregnancy options — abortion, parenting, and adoption — and empower you with knowledge, resources, and guidance.
We’re passionate about providing women just like you with free reproductive healthcare (pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD testing, and more!) and resources and referrals so you can make the best decision for yourself and your future.
- Women’s Health After Abortion: The Medical and Psychological Evidence Paperback – April 1, 2002. Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy (Author), Ian Gentles (Author)
- Reardon DC. The abortion and mental health controversy: A comprehensive literature review of common ground agreements, disagreements, actionable recommendations, and research opportunities. SAGE open medicine. 2018;6: 1–38. 10.1177/2050312118807624 . [PMC free article] [PubMed] [CrossRef] [Google Scholar]