Finding out you’re pregnant can be accompanied by a variety of emotions, especially if the pregnancy wasn’t in your plans. For many women experiencing unplanned pregnancies, worries about financial resources are at the forefront of their minds. As you consider your pregnancy options — parenting, abortion, or adoption — it’s important to be aware of the various costs you might face.
Here at Bella Women’s Center, we’re passionate about helping women navigate unplanned pregnancies through educational resources, free pregnancy healthcare services, and compassionate and confidential options counseling. When it comes to abortion, each state has its own rules about what insurance can cover and it can be confusing to figure out what your options actually are! Fear not — we’re here to help break it down for you!
Will Ohio Medicaid pay for an abortion?
Ohio’s state insurance, referred to as Ohio Medicaid, is government-funded and does not include abortion services in its coverage, aside from cases of rape, incest, or imminent health risks to the mother.
However, you still have options! Local health centers like Bella Women’s Center provide other reproductive healthcare services to you at no cost and will help you navigate the finances surrounding your pregnancy options.
How much is an out-of-pocket abortion?
Unless you have private insurance that covers abortion, abortions at Planned Parenthood and other local abortion clinics are not free. The out-of-pocket expense for abortion in Ohio can start around $500 and can reach several thousands of dollars depending on the stage of the pregnancy.
What hidden costs come with abortion?
In addition to the base cost of abortion, there are also some hidden costs you should be aware of before scheduling your abortion appointment.
Because Ohio abortion providers are required to test for a heartbeat prior to an abortion, most women will be required to get an ultrasound before an abortion. In addition to ensuring that there is a heartbeat and the pregnancy is viable, ultrasounds can provide you with important information that will help you make an informed pregnancy decision. The stage of the pregnancy and its location will determine what kind of abortion you’re eligible for and what the costs will be.
While an ultrasound is an essential pre-abortion step, it will likely be an additional cost on your bill at an abortion clinic. There are, however, many local health clinics, like Bella Women’s Center, that can provide ultrasounds at no cost.
While they may not be financial in nature, it’s important to understand the cost of longterm mental health risks associated with abortion. Post-abortive women have reported an increase in feelings of anxiety and depression. Because these lasting mental health issues can impact relationships, jobs, and the ability to connect with future children, it’s okay to take time to consider your decision carefully.
Where can I find affordable reproductive healthcare?
We know that experiencing an unplanned pregnancy can bring about feelings of anxiety and worry. We’re here to help you navigate this season so you feel empowered and informed as you evaluate your pregnancy options!
Bella Women’s Center provides no-cost reproductive services like lab-quality pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD tests and treatment, as well as parenting and adoption resources to help make this process as easy and stress-free as possible.