Planned Parenthood Charged Me $25 for a $2 Pregnancy Test and Knew of No Free Alternatives

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 20, 2015   |   12:51PM   |   Washington, DC

Sade Patterson, a college student at the University of New Mexico, decided to call a local Planned Parenthood just to see how its staff would counsel a young woman about getting a pregnancy test.

Patterson, the president of UNM Students for Life, said she wanted to find out how much Planned Parenthood would charge for a pregnancy test and if it would refer a woman to another health center for other options.

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In a recent blog post, Patterson wrote:

I decided to call myself since the price may differ upon location. I called the Planned Parenthood on San Mateo BLVD and was told they charge $25, but if I have Medicaid it would be free. I asked her what if I don’t have Medicaid and can’t afford $25. She said I should apply for Medicaid. I asked her what I should do if I need a pregnancy test done as soon as possible for free and could not apply for Medicaid. She told me she did not know how to help me.

This is the important part: I asked her if she knew of any FREE clinics that offered pregnancy tests at no charge. She said no and she couldn’t look any up for me.

Patterson was outraged by the statement. Just across the street from the Planned Parenthood is a pro-life pregnancy center called Women’s Pregnancy Options that offers women free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds; and several federally qualified health clinics offer free or cheaper pregnancy tests in the area, too, she wrote.

“To me it seems as though Planned Parenthood does not really want to help women that are low-income and are not able to get Medicaid,” Patterson wrote. “They won’t even refer to a free location. Do you see something wrong with this?”

The abortion giant has been accused of overcharging on many occasions, and has faced several lawsuits alleging that it fraudulently overcharged Medicaid for STD tests, blood tests, as well as birth control and abortion-related services.

Though Planned Parenthood claims to “care” about women, a growing stack of evidence points to the group’s true motives – money and abortion.

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