USA – Medication abortions — the most common method of ending a pregnancy — are growing significantly more expensive

The price increase is a result of state-based abortion laws that have made the procedure more difficult and more expensive to provide.

Shefali Luthra, Health Reporter
April 4, 2022

The most common method of abortion appears to be growing substantially more expensive thanks in part to new state-based restrictions that have made it more difficult and expensive to provide.

The average price of a medication abortion — which last year accounted for the majority of all abortions — grew from $495 in 2017 to $560 in 2020, per a study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs. The authors expect that trend to have continued into 2022. At the same time, clinics are growing less likely to accept insurance that could help relieve some of that burden.