For some women, a positive pregnancy test brings about feelings of fear, worry, and stress, especially when finances are already a source of anxiety. Diapers, food, clothes, etc. — it’s no secret that parenting comes with expenses. However, what often goes undiscussed are the expenses that come with terminating a pregnancy.
Your friends at BsideU for Life are here to prove you’re not alone in this new season, give you the facts about your pregnancy options, and dispel some important abortion myths.
Is Planned Parenthood Free?
As you consider your pregnancy options, understanding the potential costs is important. Abortion is a serious medical procedure and is often not covered by insurance plans, and unfortunately, you’ll likely find that many abortion clinics are seeking financial gain based on the choices you make for your body.
Because Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit organization, many women assume they will find free services when they walk in their clinic doors; however, you might be surprised to find that healthcare at Planned Parenthood doesn’t come cheap.
While it depends on the abortion procedure you choose, what part of the country you live in, and market competition in general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 for medical abortions and first-trimester surgical abortions to upwards of $3000 for second trimester or late-term abortions. You can also expect to pay additional fees for some other testing services or medication related to your pregnancy and abortion.
Free Pregnancy Testing
While most abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood won’t offer free reproductive healthcare, you still have options! Before you schedule an appointment for an abortion, it’s important to confirm your pregnancy with a certified lab-quality test. Even if you’ve taken an at-home pregnancy test, a lab-quality test will confirm you still have detectable levels of pregnancy hormones, indicating that you’re still pregnant. While a pregnancy test might be added to your bill at an abortion clinic, you can find free and confidential pregnancy testing at your local pregnancy centers, like BsideU for Life.
You might be wondering why you would want to get an ultrasound if you’re planning on getting an abortion. However, ultrasounds are not just for women who plan to parent. These scans are actually an important part of the abortion process as they will help you identify the age, location, and viability of the pregnancy.
These facts will not only give you insight into which abortion procedure you’re eligible for, but they will also help you identify any underlying conditions you might have that would increase the dangers of abortion.
An ultrasound is required under Kentucky law prior to having an abortion as part of the patient’s informed consent rights. If you obtain a free ultrasound from BsideU, it cannot be substituted for the one that an abortion clinic must provide by law.
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The staff here at BsideU for Life is passionate about providing women with the resources and facts related to their pregnancy options. When you walk inside our clinic, you’ll find pregnancy testing and ultrasound services, pregnancy options counseling, and physical and educational resources if you decide parenting or adoption are right for you. Most importantly, we’re here to help you confidently make the best decision for yourself and your future!