The American abortion industry makes almost $300 million a year just selling abortion drugs to kill unborn babies, according to data from a new pro-abortion study.
Aborting unborn babies is a huge business. Planned Parenthood alone reports billion-dollar revenues in its annual reports, and it only does about 40 percent of all abortions in the U.S., or about 350,000 per year. Then there are dozens of other smaller abortion chains and independent businesses that make money aborting unborn babies, too.
A new analysis from Live Action News shows abortion drugs are especially lucrative, with sales nearing $300 million per year.
The estimate is based on a recent study by the pro-abortion group Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) that estimates the average costs of abortions in the U.S
According to the study “Trends In Self-Pay Charges And Insurance Acceptance For Abortion In The United States, 2017–20,” the median cost of a drug-induced abortion was $560 in 2020, up from $495 in 2017.
Multiplying $560 by 465,650, the estimated number of drug-induced abortions in 2020 based on research from the Guttmacher Institute, Live Action came up with a total of $260 million.
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It also estimated that first-trimester surgical abortions — 295,778 at a cost of about $575 – brought in an additional $170 million, and second-trimester and late-term abortions – 100,891 at a cost of about $895 – made another $90 million for the abortion industry in 2020.
Here’s more from the report:
According to ANSIRH’s report, “median patient charges” for chemical abortions increased 13% from 2017 to 2020, despite, as Live Action News previously documented, abortion industry costs decreasing around that same time.
In other words, the study failed to explain why the majority of abortions —which are committed using the abortion pill regimen (mifepristone plus misoprostol) and cost the industry well under $100 each — is increasing, likely boosting industry profits.
The use of abortion drugs has skyrocketed in recent years, and pro-life leaders believe the numbers may increase even more after the Biden administration recently began allowing abortion businesses to sell the drugs through the mail without ever seeing the woman.
The abortion drug mifepristone now is used for more than half of all abortions in the United States, the Guttmacher Institute reported in February. In 2020, the drug was responsible for 54 percent of all unborn babies’ abortion deaths, up from 39 percent in 2017, the pro-abortion research group found.
Abortion drugs are dangerous and can be deadly for the mother as well as her unborn baby. In the United States, the FDA has linked mifepristone to at least 26 women’s deaths and 4,000 serious complications between 2000 and 2018. However, under President Barack Obama, the FDA stopped requiring that non-fatal complications from mifepristone be reported. So the numbers almost certainly are much higher.
A study, published in December in the journal “Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology,” found a “significant” gap in reports on abortion complications from mifepristone.
Another 2021 study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found that the rate of abortion-related emergency room visits by women taking the abortion drug increased more than 500 percent between 2002 and 2015. And a 2009 study “Immediate Complications After Medical Compared With Surgical Termination of Pregnancy,” in “Obstetrics and Gynecology” found a complication rate of approximately 20 percent for the abortion drugs compared to 5.6 percent for surgical abortions. Hemorrhages and incomplete abortions were among the most common complications.
Pro-life advocates also have raised concerns about mail-order abortion businesses making it easier for abusers and sex traffickers to force their victims to abort their unborn babies. Studies show a strong link between coercion, abuse and abortion, and without an in-person visit, it is even more difficult for abortionists to screen women for abuse.