How Much Does an Abortion Cost? The Lives of Both Mother and Child

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 2, 2016   |   4:31PM   |   Washington, DC

The cost of an abortion can’t be measured in dollars and cents, but the money is typically what it comes down to for abortion providers.

Abortions are not cheap, but they often are sold as a solution to pregnant women who are struggling financially. For a desperate woman, an abortion means one less mouth to feed, no diapers or daycare or saving for college tuition. It also means profit for the abortion industry – which is all too eager to convince women that their unborn baby is disposable because it isn’t really a baby yet.

The financial cost of an abortion varies, and most abortion businesses require up front payments. According to a report in Glamour, a first-trimester abortion can cost a woman up to $1,500. An abortion pill typically costs between $300-$800 while a vacuum/suction aspiration abortion usually costs between $300 and $950, according to the report.

Abortions become even more expensive in the second and third trimesters. A surgical abortion in the second trimester costs up to $3,000, according to Glamour. The report does not mention third-trimester abortions, which can cost in the $10,000 range.

A 2009 report from the Guttmacher Institute estimated the average cost of a first-trimester abortion at $490. The National Abortion Federation gives general estimates of between $350 and $500 for a first-trimester abortion.

Abortion activists blame increasing costs on new regulations that require abortion facilities to meet basic health and safety standards. They also blame the laws for closing abortion facilities that could not meet the basic standards, saying women now have to travel further and spend more to have an abortion. Lately, they have been using these excuses to demand that taxpayers pay for women’s abortions – a measure that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wholeheartedly supports.

But abortion is not just another medical procedure, and it costs much more than money. Legalized abortion has cost the United States more than 1.1 million babies’ lives every year – more than 58 million babies’ lives since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

And the toll it has taken on many women’s and men’s lives cannot be fully measured. For women, the physical risks of abortion can cost their health, their ability to bear future children and their future children’s well-being, too.

In fact, recently at LifeNews, we’ve reported how abortion increases the risk of premature birth and abortion is linked to breast cancer.

As Cassy Fiano previously reported at LifeNews:

The psychological toll of abortion is something that also costs many families dearly. Research has shown how post-abortion syndrome, a severe and long-lasting emotional, psychological and spiritual trauma, can affect the mothers, fathers and siblings of aborted babies.

“These are just a handful of the risks that can come with abortion,” Fiano wrote. “Most women know how much they will have to pay for an abortion before they walk through the doors of the abortion clinic… but how many of them know just how much that abortion may end up costing them?”