Abortion Pills: How Much Do They Cost and Why?

Since a medication abortion can be done without visiting an in-person clinic, it is significantly cheaper than a surgical procedure. 

Although you may only have to cover the cost of the abortion pill, you should prepare yourself for unexpected expenses. These may range from traveling costs and dosage increases to an emergency fund for unplanned issues. 

Knowing everything about abortion pill-related costs will help you feel truly prepared for this process. By planning ahead, you’ll make informed decisions based on your budget, location, and medical needs. 

How much is the abortion pill?

Without insurance coverage, an out-of-pocket medication abortion can cost more than $500. However, this number could vary due to multiple factors, such as:

  • Insurance coverage: If your health insurance plan includes abortion care as part of its benefits, the cost could be significantly reduced to only a small copayment or deductible.  
  • Pregnancy stage: When your pregnancy stage reaches nine weeks or more, the medication dosage (and cost) usually increases. 
  • Provider: The cost of the abortion pill could vary slightly depending on where you choose to obtain the medication.

At #LC4W, we offer a medication abortion for $289 plus shipping for the pills once a licensed physician medically approves you.

Additional Costs to Consider

In addition to covering the cost of the pill, you should also account for some additional expenses. If your state’s regulations require you to travel to get abortion care, you may also have travel-related expenses. We suggest keeping the following costs in mind:

  • Air or bus travel expenses
  • Hotel expenses
  • Misoprostol dosage increase if suggested by your healthcare provider
  • Over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or paracetamol to help manage any discomfort or pain during the process
  • A medical emergency fund for any unexpected complications

Will my insurance cover the abortion pill?

Some private health insurance plans may cover the costs of abortion pills but could restrict who can access them. Some companies may limit it to instances of rape, incest, and life endangerment.

Abortion is wrongly not considered an essential health need for most health insurance plans. However, some plans may choose to include abortion care as part of their benefits.

Try contacting your insurance provider’s customer service to find out if they cover abortion healthcare.

At #LC4W, you can pay the $289 plus shipping charge for the medication abortion pills out of pocket or with PayPal’s BuyNow PayLater program. We also offer financing in partnership with the Abortion Fund of West Massachusetts. 

Legal and Location Considerations

Due to recent legal restrictions in many U.S. states, your insurance coverage will depend on your location. Resources like the National Women's Law Center can help you know if local laws may hinder access to the abortion pill. 

Can I get an over-the-counter abortion pill?

Unlike Plan B, the abortion pill is not available over-the-counter and needs to be prescribed by a licensed medical provider. This prescription can be made in person or through a virtual consultation.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA permanently approved the distribution of the abortion pill by mail. This means you can buy, receive, and take the abortion pill at home without visiting your doctor.

How does an abortion pill work?

The abortion pill uses two kinds of FDA-approved medication to terminate a pregnancy. When taken together, mifepristone and misoprostol block the production of pregnancy hormones and induce heavy bleeding to empty your uterus. 

The process can be completed over two days by taking the pills as directed. You can complete a medication abortion in the comfort of your home without needing a doctor’s visit. 

What if I can’t pay for my medication abortion?

Your decisions belong to you alone, and financial hardships should not exclude you from exercising your reproductive rights. Oday, multiple programs and organizations offer logistical and financial support for those struggling to arrange their abortion. 

The National Network of Abortion Funds helps you connect with different organizations that can support your financial needs in case you are not able to pay for your procedure fully. 

At #LC4W, our belief in universal access to reproductive healthcare pushes us to support everyone, no matter their circumstances. We offer assistance if costs prevent you from accessing medication abortion. 

Accessing Abortion Pills in Massachusetts with #LC4W

Before choosing to take the abortion pill, it is essential to understand the cost and the expenses that could show up unexpectedly.

With #LC4W, you are part of a community that understands and cares for your reproductive health. 

At #LC4W, we offer accessible, confidential, and comprehensive abortion-care services, including medication resources, professional counseling, and a crisis hotline available 24/7

We are here to support you every step of the way.

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