By Catherine Shattuck. Revised and updated by Eleanor Grano, Community Outreach and Youth Engagement Coordinator at Jane’s Due Process on August 24, 2019.
Figuring out how to pay for an abortion can feel daunting and can actively discourage people from making a decision that they know is right for them. If you are feeling discouraged by the cost of an abortion, the following resources can help you feel more empowered as you figure out how you can pay for your procedure.
If you are under 18 and are going through the judicial bypass process with our organization, our client services manager will help you apply for grants to cover the complete cost of your abortion and ultrasound. If you are not a minor and need financial assistance, the National Network of Abortion Funds can connect you to your local abortion fund and practical support fund.
Step 1: Find Your Nearest Abortion Clinic
The most important step in your decision to get an abortion is to locate your nearest abortion clinic.
If the distance to these clinics is not accessible to you, it can be helpful to schedule your abortion at a clinic in a state that might be closer.
Abortion clinics in New Mexico do not have a limit on how far along a person can get an abortion. They also do not have parental involvement laws or mandatory waiting periods for pregnant people seeking an abortion. If you decide to go to Louisiana, Oklahoma, or Arkansas it can be helpful to research mandatory waiting periods and the requirements for a judicial bypass in those states.
If you are concerned about the costs associated with traveling and are a Texas resident, Fund Texas Choice can help with funding for travel-related needs. This could mean a plane or bus ticket, assistance with gas, or a hotel stay.
Fund Texas Choice has a limited amount of funding per week, and are only open for funding on Thursday at 8am CT. If you need support, fill out this secure form as soon as they are open on Thursday to have the best chance of receiving assistance! You can also reach them by calling 844-900-8908.
Step 2: Make an Ultrasound Appointment at an Abortion Clinic
The cost of an ultrasound appointment is about $50-150 dollars. In Texas, the law prohibits private and public insurance from covering an elective abortion. However, some insurances may cover the cost of an ultrasound. The state also requires that your ultrasound must be done by the same doctor who will perform your abortion.
If you are under 18, it’s important to know that you do not need parental consent to get an ultrasound. However, if you cannot involve a parent or legal guardian in your decision to get an abortion, you will need to apply for a judicial bypass. You can begin this process by calling our 24/7 hotline at 866-999-5263.
When you contact the clinic, you can expect to be asked some general information about yourself: your name, date of birth, a safe contact number. They will also want to know how many weeks you are into your pregnancy. If you do not know the answer to this question, you can calculate how many weeks you are by counting the number of weeks that have passed since your last menstrual cycle (LMP). This pregnancy calculator can help you determine how far along you are.
The clinic needs to know how many weeks you are because the state of Texas bans abortion at 21.6 weeks from your last menstrual period (aka LMP). If you are a minor and past the week limit, you can still call our 24/7 hotline at 866-999-5263 to receive support in discussing your pregnancy options.
The clinic may also ask you what type of abortion you’re wanting. If you don’t know, you can read about the differences between a medical and surgical abortion. Once the clinic gets this information, they will schedule your appointment for an ultrasound.
Beware of advertisements that offer free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds
If you see a place that advertises that they offer free ultrasounds; even if they talk about abortion on their website, they are not an abortion clinic. They are crisis pregnancy centers that provide false information about abortion to scare and shame people into carrying a pregnancy to term.
Step 3: Paying for Your Abortion
The cost of a first-trimester abortion ranges from $400-500. Depending on when you last got your period, you may be able to choose between a medical and surgical abortion. If you don’t know which type you want, you can discuss your options with the doctor to determine which procedure is best for you. The abortion pill (aka medical abortion) can be given up to 10 weeks after your last menstrual period (LMP).
The cost of a second-trimester abortion ranges from $600-850. No matter what stage of pregnancy you’re in, funding assistance is available. It’s important to know that the majority of abortion clinics do not take payment plans and only accept cash and credit cards. However, some may accept checks or money orders. Always make sure to know the payment policy before your appointment.
If you don’t have enough money to cover the cost for your abortion, your next step is to tell the clinic where you made your appointment. Many clinics offer reduced pricing or additional funding to low-income patients.
If you are at Planned Parenthood, make sure to ask to be screened for the Justice Fund. The Justice Fund sometimes will cover the complete cost of an abortion if you need a judicial bypass, experiencing homelessness, or your pregnancy resulted from sexual assault or you are in an abusive relationship.
If you are at an independent clinic, check to see if they are part of the National Abortion Federation. If so, ask the clinic staff to screen you for NAF Funding. If your clinic does not screen for NAF Funding at the appointment, call the NAF Hotline.
If you still need help, the following abortion funds may be able to help:
Remember to schedule an appointment and ask the clinic for assistance before calling an abortion fund.
Abortion funds can only offer small amounts of money, and they are constantly raising new funds, so they’ll return calls first from those who are farther along in their pregnancies and have abortion appointments coming up soon. If you don’t hear back, keep calling until you do. Many people combine funds from different sources. However, if your appointment comes and you haven’t heard back yet, go to the clinic with whatever money you have to see if there is emergency assistance available.
The prospect of raising enough money and finding transportation can feel overwhelming, but don’t give up. The bottom line is that there are several organizations in Texas and beyond will help you raise the money you need to help you get your abortion.
If you have concerns about your sexual and reproductive health, our volunteer advocates are available 24/7 at 866-999-5263 and by text 8am-11pm CT to support you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help accessing contraception, STI testing & treatment, or an abortion in Texas.