When we see the word cost, we typically think of dollars and cents. The cost of a service should be equal to or less than the value of whatever is bought. You can pay for something using different types of resources, including your time, money, reputation, relationships, or even identity.
So what does abortion cost?
The most obvious cost is dollars:
- Medical Abortion (drugs):
- Mifepristone and Misoprostol $300-$8001
- Surgical Abortion:
- Suction or Vacuum Aspiration $300-9502
- Dilation and Curettage $300-$600
- Dilation and Evacuation $500-$2000
But what is the PRICE in non-monetary terms?
|P||Physical Health - Your immediate physical health is at stake if you have an abortion procedure while infected with an undetected STD, which can result in PID and even death3. In addition, studies show that the risk of developing breast cancer increases with each abortion4. On an emotional level, regret, guilt and loss are very real side effects of abortion and can lead to other mental health issues5.|
|R||Relationships - The decision to have an abortion is typically not a consensual one for all of the parties involved. As a result, relationships often suffer between the woman, her primary care physician, the father of the baby6, her parents, her siblings and even close friends.|
|I||Identity - The pressure to have an abortion can force you to make a decision that is out of character for you. It can require you to sacrifice your personal beliefs and your integrity; the very things that make you who you are.|
|C||Children – Complications resulting from abortion procedures, such as infection, incompetent cervix and preterm births7, can compromise your future reproductive health and dreams to have a family in the future. In addition, there is often a loss felt for the child that has been aborted.|
|E||Economic impact – Each abortion represents a $94,000 cost to society. In contrast, each child born contributes $1.4 million to society over the course of their working lifetime8.|
If you’re considering abortion and are interested in discussing the short and long term pros and cons of your decision in an unbiased, professional atmosphere, with nurses who will not financially benefit from any decision you make, schedule a complimentary consultation with us.
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2 Planned Parenthood. (2012). “In-Clinic Abortion Procedures.” Retrieved 7 Mar 2012 from: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/abortion/in-clinic-aborti...
3 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2011). “Mifepristone U.S. Postmarketing Adverse Events Summary through 04/30/2011.” Cited 7 Mar 2012. Available: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInform.... | Reis T, Chaves C, Soares A, Moreira M, Boaventura L, Ribeiro G (2011). “A Clostridium sordellii fatal toxic shock syndrome post-medical-abortion in Portugal.” 21st European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 27th International Congress of Chemotherapy. May 7-10, 2011.
4 Andrieu N, Goldgar DE, Easton DF, Rookus M, Brohet R, Antoniou AC, et al. (2006). “Pregnancies, breast-feeding, and breast cancer risk in the international BRACA1/2 carrier cohort study.” J Natl Cancer Inst, 98(8): 535-44.
5 Coleman PK (2011). “Abortion and mental health: quantitative synthesis and analysis of research published 1995-2009.” Br J Psych, 199: 180-6.
6 Gsellman LE (1993). "Physical and psychological injury in women following abortion: Akron Pregnancy Services survey." Association for Interdisciplinary Research Newsletter 5(4): 1-8.
7 Freak-Poli R, Chan A, Tucker G, Street J (2009). “Previous abortion and risk of pre-term birth: a population study.” J Matern-Fetal Neo M, 22(1):1-7.
8 Harden JR, Finger R (2004). “Societal Costs of Abortion.”