How Much Does an Abortion Cost
The price of an abortion varies based on a number of factors, including length of pregnancy, type of proceudre used, anesthesia choice, and geographical region. Some abortions may cost as low as several hundred dollars while other abortions may cost several thousand dollars. Beware of abortion providers that seek to collect non-refundable fees before providing counseling and before giving you an opportunity to consider all risks in making your decision.
Some contributors have said that in their experience it cost about $300 or $500 (including the abortion, birth control pills and/or shot, counseling, and antibiotics) without insurance.
Apparently it can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000 depending upon age and how far along you are. Most U.S. states require insurance companies cover it, so if you, your partner, or your parents have insurance, it may cost nothing.
Abortions do not cause infertility. When done early in a pregnancy, they are a low-risk and safe medical procedure performed millions of times a year.
Depending on where you live, you may or may not need your parents’ consent to seek abortion services.
An early, first-trimester abortion costs anywhere from $300 to 1800, depending on where you get it. If you or your family can’t afford that, there are sometimes funds that help pay for part of the costs.
But, most critically, I’m puzzled by your message: how are you “four days pregnant”? Do you mean you had unprotected sex four days ago and think you’re pregnant? Or that you took a pregnancy test and got a positive result four days ago?
Assuming you mean that you had unprotected sex four days ago: it is possible, but unlikely that you’re pregnant. Even with unprotected sex, the chance of pregnancy from each individual sex act is relatively small (but not zero, which is why birth control is so helpful!). You may want to wait for a few weeks and take a pregnancy test, which you can buy at any drug store or grocery store.
If you are concerned about pregnancy, you may wish to consider taking emergency contraception (sometimes called “Plan B” or “the morning after pill”). It’s most effective when taken as soon as possible after sex, but can be effective up to 5 days later–so you can still take it. You’ll need a prescription, so you’ll need to talk with your parents or a doctor. This is much easier, cheaper, and safer than an abortion, so it’s better to do this than to wait.
These prices are approximate figures for Queensland clinics only and may change at any time. For current prices contact the clinics or Children by Choice. Interstate prices vary significantly, so please call your closest clinic for up-to-date costs.
Prices start to rise at most clinics once the pregnancy reaches 11 weeks gestation, with steep increases from 14 weeks. For this reason it’s vital to recognise that abortion is a time-sensitive decision.
Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast clinics
- Up to 11 weeks: $380 – $550
- 12 to 14 weeks: $400 – $910
- 14 to 16 weeks: $640 – $1800
These prices are for Medicare Card holders only, as they include the Medicare rebate. Prices for non-Medicare Card holders will be much higher.
It is important to contact the clinics or Children by Choice for accurate costs, especially after 11 weeks as prices can increase steeply.
Some clinics provide termination of pregnancy after 16 weeks at the doctor’s discretion and prices will be higher.
Concessions are available for Health Care Card holders and Pension Card holders at some clinics.
Other concessions may be possible at some clinics for various circumstances. Enquire with Children by Choice for more information.
Townsville and Rockhampton clinics
Prices in regional centres are significantly higher.
- Up to 11 weeks: $570 – $700 (for Medicare and Health Care Card holders). Without a Medicare card prices can reach $950.
- After 12 weeks: Prices increase by approximately $100 each week, to 15 weeks at Rockhampton and 16 weeks at Townsville.
Surgical abortion is only available to 11 weeks in Cairns. The current cost is $832 up front, around $260 of which may be claimed back though Medicare.
Medication abortion is available through the public system at Cairns Sexual Health Clinic up to nine weeks gestation. Clients must be over 16 and live within one hour of a hospital.
A 2001 study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute found that the average overall cost of an abortion in the United States was $468, a figure that has probably risen since then due to inflation, but that the average amount paid for an abortion (due to subsidies) is $372.
The Guttmacher Institute has also found that 87% of private health care plans cover abortion services–but because a disproportionately high number of people have substandard plans, only 46% of American workers are covered by policies that include abortion.
Second-trimester abortions tend to be more expensive. At the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s only remaining abortion clinic, a surgical abortion costs $405 if the pregnancy is in the first trimester, $495 at weeks 13-14, and $640 at weeks 15-16.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that an abortion induced via RU-486/Mifepristone would cost less than a surgical abortion, but this is not necessarily the case. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, for example, charges $520 for a first-trimester RU-486 abortion–$115 more than a surgical abortion would cost.
When you truly analyze abortion statistics, it is shocking to see so many things that are never reported on the news or talked about. According to Abort73.com the last year that we had reliable data for annual abortion statistics was back in 2005, This is because California does not report abortion statistics and approximately 20% or more abortions take place in California alone. According to the CDC, 50% of women obtaining abortions are younger than 25. 47 percent of women who have abortions have had an abortion in the past. Black women are more than 4.8 times more likely to get an abortion, which means the number one killer of African Americans is abortion.
The purpose of this blog is to answer the question how much does an abortion cost? In 2005 the cost of a nonhospital abortion with local anesthesia at 10 weeks ranged from $90 to $1,800 and the average amount paid was $413 according to The Alan Guttmacher Institute (the research arm of Planned Parenthood).