What an Abortion Can Cost

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If you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant, you are likely wondering how much an abortion can cost. We know that this can be a frightening circumstance for you, and it is important that you understand the facts of each option that is available to you. It is our job to help you to be as informed as possible so that you can make a decision for yourself. Here, we will discuss some of the costs of abortion.


Financial Cost

Factors that play into the financial cost of an abortion:

  • The stage of your pregnancy. Having an ultrasound can determine how far along you are. The older the gestational age, the more expensive an abortion will be. Her Health Women’s Center can provide you with a free and confidential ultrasound.
  • The type of abortion. There are two legal kinds of abortion: medical and surgical.
    • A medical abortion, or the abortion pill, is an option up until around the 10th week of pregnancy. The average cost for this pill is between $300 to $800.  
    • The Aspiration surgical abortion can be performed when a pregnancy is between six and 16 weeks. The actual cost may vary from State to State and from clinic to clinic.  
    • After 16 weeks, the only option is a surgical procedure, such as dilation & evacuation, or D&E.  Prices vary. In Iowa, abortion after 20 weeks is only permissible if the life of the mother is in danger.

For more information, visit our in-depth descriptions of abortion procedures.


  • Your insurance coverage. Medicaid does not cover abortion costs, though some private insurance carriers might.
  • Your state’s abortion laws. As of January 1, 2018, Iowa Law requires women to obtain an ultrasound before an abortion can be performed. Additionally, a parent or guardian of any minor must be informed before she can obtain an abortion.


Physical Health

Like any medical procedure, there are risks to an abortion. It is important that you are aware of these risks and, should one occur, that you would be willing to live with the results.


Frequent short-term side effects of abortion include:

  • Abdominal pain & cramping
  • Spotting & bleeding
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Serious and/or long-term side effects of abortion include:

  • Persistent and/or heavy bleeding
  • Sepsis
  • Damage to cervix
  • Damage to other organs
  • Uterine perforation
  • Increased risk for cervical and/or breast cancer
  • Increased risk of infertility
  • Increased risk of substance abuse


Mental Health

Abortion can be a mentally traumatic event, especially if you have gone into it misinformed, pressured, or with any other doubts. Your mental health is particularly important to us. Many women experience depression and/or guilt after an abortion, sometimes within a few days, and others after several years.


Post-Abortion Syndrome Symptoms (PAS Symptoms):

  • Guilt
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and/or anxiety attacks
  • Feeling “numb”
  • Wanting to get pregnant again
  • Inability to bond with present/future children
  • Eating disorders
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse

Learn more about PAS symptoms here.

If you feel you would benefit from counseling after an abortion, please call Her Health Women’s Center at 712-276-0237 or 712-224-2000 to make an appointment with a trained counselor.


This is your decision, and no one else can or should try to make it for you. By explaining the financial costs, potential physical, and emotional risks of abortion, we hope that you feel more informed in making your decision.


At Her Health, our goal is to support and encourage you in any way we can. If you are unsure on whether to have an abortion, or would like to discuss your options further, please schedule an appointment with us.   


Her Health Women’s Center does not provide the abortion pill, perform abortions, or refer for abortions.












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