The Low-Down On Abortion: How Much One Costs And How Long Women Must Wait
The last two years have seen an overall rise in abortion costs while wait times for women seeking abortions across the U.S. have fallen, according to an Operation Rescue survey.
The average cost of early abortions in the U.S. increased 3 percent since 2015, according to the survey conducted between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. In 2017, women paid an average of $596 for first trimester abortions.
Massachusetts and Wyoming had the highest average price for first trimester surgical abortions, with fees amounting to approximately $1,223 and $1,099, respectively. Surgical abortions cost the least in D.C. at $410, followed by Maryland at $419. The price of early surgical abortions fell 2 percent since 2016.
Medication abortion costs differed quite a bit, however, with the highest-priced abortions checking in at $800 in Alaska and $791 in Colorado. Medication abortions cost least in Missouri and Pennsylvania, at $385 and $445, respectively. Medication abortions cost roughly the same today as they did in 2015.
While abortion costs have risen slightly due to a decreasing number of abortion facilities in the U.S., abortion wait times are dropping.
The national average time a woman waited to get an abortion was 7.7 days in 2017, compared to 8.5 days in 2015. Wait times were measured from the time a woman contacted the abortion facility to the time when she had the abortion. Wait time also dropped below 7 days for surgical abortions in 2017.
“As much as the abortionists complain about state mandated reflection periods and other pro-life laws, Planned Parenthood facilities across the nation are actually the ones making women jump through a complex series of hoops,” Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said. “For Planned Parenthood, it is always about the money.”
Planned Parenthood now operates less than 600 abortion clinics across the country. As of Dec. 1, the abortion organization operates 597 facilities compared to the 700 facilities it operated in 1973, according to LifeNews. The abortion giant opened five new clinics in 2017 and closed 32 clinics. (RELATED: Here’s How Many Planned Parenthood Clinics Closed In 2017).
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