ABORTION IN THE NEWS
What Is The Cost Of An Abortion?
The cost of an abortion is based upon a number of factors. The most important factor is how far along your pregnancy is because different types of abortion are done at different stages of pregnancy. Secondly, the cost can differ significantly from one state or city to another. Another factor is whether its done in a doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital. Finally, at certain stages of pregnancy you can choose either a medical abortion with drugs or a surgical abortion; and those have different prices as well.
Up to 9 weeks of pregnancy you can receive a medical abortion,and the costs nationwide range from $400 to $800.
Within 6 to 12 weeks of pregnancy you can have a surgical abortion called a suction or aspiration abortion, and the costs range from $450 to $900.
Within 12 to 21 weeks of pregnancy the first type of abortion is called dilation and curettage and costs between $600 and $1,000.
The second type of abortion is called dilation and evacuation and costs up to $2,000.
After 21 weeks of pregnancy the type of abortion used is called partial birth abortion and is the most expensive in excess of $2,000.
These abortion costs are very rough estimates as they can be significantly higher depending upon where they’re done, anesthetics needed, complications that arise, etc.
The other costs of abortion are not of a financial nature. These are the physical and emotional costs involved.
As with any medical or surgical procedure, there are always risks involved; so they shouldn’t be entered into without a thorough knowledge of possible complications. The above procedures can have complications such as:
Excessive bleeding and hemorrhage.
Cervical tearing and laceration.
Perforation of the uterus.
Scarring of the uterine lining.
Anesthesia toxicity resulting in cardiorespiratory arrest and even death.
Retained abortion tissue causing infection.
In rare cases, death.
The other costs of abortion are related to your psychological and emotional health. These include:
Sadness and guilt.
Desire for a replacement baby.
Disruption of personal relationships.
Lack of self respect.
Avoidance of others who are pregnant or with babies.
Having an abortion is a life-changing choice, and there’s no turning back. It’s vitally important that you are not convinced by others – family, boyfriend, or friends – that this is the best choice for you. This is your body, your baby, and your choice. Never base your decision on the advice of someone who doesn’t have to live with the consequences.
It’s important that you look at all your options before making the choice for an abortion. There are many crisis pregnancy support groups out there who will help you to continue your pregnancy if you want to do that or to help you with an adoption plan as well.
The cost of an abortion is not just financial. It’s also you.