Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be one of the scariest things a woman goes through in her life — with worst-case scenarios running through your head, endless questions, and “what ifs,” it can feel like you’re totally alone. The good news is, you’re far from being alone and you have options and endless resources available to you as you walk through this journey!
One of the main fears women express when facing an unplanned pregnancy is the inability to pay for the costs that will accompany the choice they make. When it comes to abortion, it can be a challenge to understand where to access affordable services and what you need to do to prepare.
Your friends at Soundview Pregnancy Services are here to help you navigate the various costs related to abortion!
Where Can I Find a Free Abortion Clinic Near Me?
Have you heard the phrase, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch?” Well, the same is true of abortion in most states. While abortion is often believed to be the most affordable pregnancy option, it can actually come with a pretty high price tag. In reality, there’s no such thing as a “free abortion clinic” and when it comes to insurance, most states have restrictions on coverage for abortion procedures.
How much does an abortion cost?
Abortion is a medical procedure and will cost around $500-$3000, depending on your stage of pregnancy.
What other costs are involved in an abortion?
In addition to the cost of the procedure or abortion pill, you should also budget for any additional costs that might come up. Some of the costs to consider include:
- Pre-abortion screenings like pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and STD testing
- Follow-up appointments
- Emergency surgery in the case of abortion complications, hemorrhaging, or infections
- Travel costs if you’re required to travel for your abortion
- Missed days of work
The Unseen Costs of Abortion
Not all costs are financial when it comes to abortion. While many women can expect to experience physical side effects from abortion, such as bleeding, cramping, nausea, and other discomforts, some women experience significant long-term health consequences as well. One of the main lasting side effects of abortion involves an increase in mental health issues following the process.
A study done by the British Journal of Psychiatry reported that post-abortive women are 81 percent more likely to experience mental health issues in the future. Mental health struggles can impact your general health and wellbeing and affect your relationships and career for years down the road.
Free Reproductive Healthcare
While there might not be such a thing as a “free abortion clinic,” there are local clinics that provide free and confidential reproductive healthcare, such as pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and options counseling.
Here at Soundview Pregnancy Services, we believe women facing unplanned pregnancies should never have to make a decision based on finances alone. Our no-cost services and educational resources are here to help you make an informed and empowered choice for you and your future!