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How Much Does an Abortion Cost?


Question: How Much Does an Abortion Cost?

Figuring out what an abortion will cost depends on the method of abortion you choose in consultation with your health care provider.

Answer: When you're making the difficult decision whether or not to have an abortion, cost is a factor. Eighty-eight percent of abortions in the US are done within the first trimester (the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.) Many more options are available during this time period including medication abortions (using the abortion pill mifepristone or RU-486) or in-clinic surgical procedures; both can be done through clinics, private health care providers, or Planned Parenthood health centers.

According to Planned Parenthood, a first trimester abortion can cost between $350 and $900 for an in-clinic procedure, and between $350 and $650 for a medication abortion (which must be done within 9 weeks of the first day of your last menstrual period.) Abortions performed within a hospital typically cost more.

Beyond the 13th week, it can be extremely difficult to find a provider willing to perform a second trimester abortion. The cost of a second trimester abortion will be significantly higher than a first trimester abortion.

Updated October 4, 2010

Source: "Planned Parenthood Health Info & Services: Abortion."PlannedParenthood.org. Retrieved 3 October 2010.

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