If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you might be asking: what does an abortion cost? If you’re considering abortion, you need to be aware of both the health risks and the high financial costs associated with each procedure.
Factors that Affect Abortion Cost:
- Stage of pregnancy. This means how far along you are in the pregnancy and how developed the baby is. This is best determined by having an ultrasound.
- Private insurances may cover the cost of an abortion. Many states do not cover abortion under Medicaid plans.
- Your state’s abortion laws. For instance, Florida requires that all women undergoing abortions have an ultrasound. Abortion clinics charge for the ultrasound. Some pregnancy help clinics, like Palm Beach Women’s Clinic, offer free ultrasounds.
Please also be aware that the FDA highly discourages buying or procuring abortion medications online. Drugs from unknown sources can be dangerous and ineffective. It is always safest to be under medical supervision because of the possibility of severe side effects. It is also highly recommended to avoid self-induced abortion methods.
Women who receive one abortion procedure may also find that they’ll need another procedure for successful termination. Read below to find out the types of abortion procedures, how much it can cost and where it’s offered.
Procedures in the first trimester (1-13 weeks)
- What it is: a medical procedure that involves an injection based on the woman’s height and weight and results in an abortion similar to a miscarriage. This is also sometimes used with other procedures to avoid failure.
- Cost: about the same as a surgical abortion, around $300-$1,000 depending on the region and individual costs from physicians or clinics.
- Where it’s offered: women wanting an abortion should be under the care of physician to receive this procedure.
- Mifeprex/the “abortion pill”
- What it is: a medical procedure that involves two doses of medication, one taken from a physician and one at home. This procedure results in an abortion similar to a miscarriage.
- Cost: the average cost is around $480, however costs vary depending on provider, and can be anywhere from $300 to $800.
- Where it’s offered: Mifeprex is widely offered in clinics, medical offices, to OB/GYNs and family physicians.
- Manual or Machine Vacuum Aspiration
- What it is: a surgical procedure that uses a syringe or vacuum to remove the pregnancy from the uterus.
- Cost: anywhere from $460 to $600, but because it’s a surgical procedure, additional medical costs may be added.
- Where it’s offered: Aspirations can be done in a medical office or clinic.
Procedures in the second trimester (13-27 weeks)
- Dilation and curettage (D&C)
- What it is: a surgical procedure that dilates the cervix and uses a medical instrument called a curette to remove the unborn baby by either suction or scraping.
- Cost: cost largely depends on insurance. Insured women can pay anywhere from $250 to $1,200, while those uninsured can be expected to pay somewhere between $4,000 and $9,000. Medical costs can also be added.
- Where it’s offered: medical offices, hospital or outpatient clinic.
- Dilation and evacuation (D&E)
- What it is: a surgical procedure that uses a combination of D&C, vacuum aspiration, and surgical instruments to remove the unborn baby from the uterus. Larger pieces of tissue from the unborn baby may also require further removal.
- Cost: stage in pregnancy largely dominates the price at this point. Procedures start at $1,000 and can go up to $3,000 depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Medical costs can also be added.
- Where it’s offered: in hospitals, but does not require an overnight stay.
- Induction abortion
- What it is: This is a longer surgical procedure, lasting as long as four days and usually done past 25 weeks. The process includes making sure the baby is no longer living, dilating the uterus, and birthing the baby.
- Cost: because of the stage of pregnancy, procedures can start around $3,000. Medical stay and costs may be added.
- Where it’s offered: this is a medical procedure and can require staying under medical attention. It must be done in a hospital. Some local hospitals also do not perform abortions past 18 weeks.
Procedures in the third trimester (27+ weeks)
*Note that abortion procedures performed in the third trimester can be very dangerous and can cause serious complications due to the size and development of the fetus. These are illegal in Florida and most states.
- Induction abortion: see above.
- Dilation and extraction
- What it is: similar to induction abortion, dilation and extraction happens over a period of days and includes dilating the cervix and removing the baby intact. Forceps and vacuums may also be needed to remove additional tissue.
- Cost: because of the stage of pregnancy, the abortion cost can start around $3,000. If staying under medical attention is needed, stay and other medical costs can be added.
- Where it’s offered: similar to induction, this is a medical procedure, must be done in a hospital and may require an overnight stay. However, some local hospitals do not perform abortions past 18 weeks.
If you have additional questions about abortion cost or would like to further discuss your options, schedule a free and confidential appointment with Palm Beach Women’s Clinic’s friendly and professional staff.
Palm Beach Women’s Clinic does not perform or refer for abortions.