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If Women Have to Pay For Abortion, What Does It Cost?

The initial reaction to the Stupak amendment — which forbids coverage for abortion from a public insurance plan and prevents private insurers from covering abortions for anyone getting a tax credit — was not anger for many women, but "What? Health insurance covers abortions?!"

Looking into the issue, the Wall Street Journal found that eliminating abortion coverage would have almost no effect because so few women use insurance for the procedure. Women often pay out of pocket because they don't realize insurance covers abortion, or because they choose to keep it private from employer-provided plans or other subscribers, like parents and husbands.

So since many women are paying for their abortions now — and, unfortunately, more may be soon — what do they cost? Take this quiz to find out.

If Women Have to Pay For Abortion, What Does It Cost?

On average, what does a first-trimester abortion cost?

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AlyCarolina AlyCarolina 7 years
4/8 I really would not know so at least i got some right
biarose biarose 7 years
and jennibean5- I'm of the opinion that just because a fetus has abnormalities should not mean it doesn't get a chance at life, but everyone has the right to their own opinion.
biarose biarose 7 years
To make it clear, I live in Australia where we have Medicare so private health insurance is not essential, meaning that if someone wasn't paying for their own abortion generally that means tax-payers money is instead, which I don't think is right.
SpilledCandy SpilledCandy 7 years
I had an abortion through Planned Parenthood to make sure my privacy was respected. That was in 1992. Since then I paid for birth control pills, condoms, and the like. The man paid nothing, and I preferred it that way. I wanted there to be no loose ends with a man I might not see again. Now that I'm in a long term relationship, it's fabulous that he's 'snipped', because now there are NO costs for me to prevent pregnancy. I still go to PP every 2 years for an exam, it costs me $35 because I'm below the poverty line. Personally, I think insurance plans that do NOT cover birth control and contraception are shameful, especially if they cover ED drugs like Cialis and Viagra. What a joke.
danizzle danizzle 7 years
i pay a good penny for my insurance and mine does not cover ANY type of womens health services. Only my annual visit to the gyno and my pap. Birth control pills, abortions, nothing like that is even partially covered. i was paying $70 a month for birth control (ortho tri-cyclen lo). Now that i go to planned parenthood, its only $25 a month.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Interesting, Anonymous 16. My first job out of college was at a company that was filled with literally 90% women. And our health insurance plan didn't cover birth control pills. This was years ago, and the company eventually switched plans, but it was pretty surprising.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
holy freaking shite. this was a slap in the face.
just-donna just-donna 7 years
i dunno what's more shocking; the answers to this quiz or that i got almost all of them right just by guessing! also, the fact that abortions are offered at 20 weeks (or after) really freaks me out!!
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
Chouette4u got it right. In the eyes of an insurance company paying for an abortion is much cheaper than paying for a pregnancy, birth, and then later having that child added onto the policy. It's all about money. My insurance covers abortions and it's listed as elective termination of pregnancy in the coverage booklet. It's covered at 100% once a year with applicable co-pay required.
cotedazur cotedazur 7 years
You could even take it a step farther.. if you're going to say that overweight people or smokers should pay for their own healthcare, why not also stop giving health care to people who don't wash their hands often enough? or people who don't eat enough vitamin C? If those people get sick, it's their fault. Health care should be EXPANDED, not cut back. This amendment is a step backwards for the US.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
yeah, what Yoga said.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
OMG, yoga, you stole the words right out of my mouth! I was also going to say that it would only be fair to ban insurance coverage for smokers and overweight people as well. Also, let's take it a step further and say that if you're determined to be at fault in an auto accident (or any other kind of accident), maybe you should have to pay your medical bills in those situations as well . . . HELLO PEOPLE, the purpose of insurance is to INSURE you, regardless of who is at fault for causing you to need medical treatment.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
"When you get pregnant, it's because of your own actions, so...why wouldn't you pay for your own abortion?" Anon- Great idea! Let's make smokers pay for their own cancer treatment when they get cancer from smoking cigarettes. And while we're at it, we should make anyone who's overweight and gets diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., pay for their care too! I mean they all had free choice and it's the result of their actions too!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Don't you mean the "Stupid" ammendment?
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
I'm very surprised that many insurance companies even cover it! @biarose - What about women that have issues with fetus abnormalities? Should they be paying for their own abortions?
biarose biarose 7 years
Yeah it's heaps different in Australia because basically the government pays.. unless we have private health insurance which we don't really need.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
It's not really about what's necessarily fair. To insurance companies, it's WAY less money for them to pay for an abortion than if you actually have the baby.
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