New abortion restrictions may push patients to more expensive, complicated care

With longer wait times, patients could be forced into their second trimester.

By Nadine El-Bawab
August 07, 2022

As more states enact near-total bans and restrictions on abortion, providers say many patients are experiencing delayed care which can force them into later stages of pregnancy.

Abortion care options are becoming more limited and complex in some cases, which often means higher costs for patients. For example, medication abortion, which is less costly than other options, is only an option up to 10 weeks into pregnancy.