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How do women pay for abortions?

  • Most abortion patients have health coverage
  • But most women pay out of pocket for their abortion
  • In 2008, the average cost of a first-trimester abortion was $470
  • Lower-income women are more likely to be uninsured
    • Source: DeNavas-Walt C, Proctor BD and Smith JC, U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, P60-243, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2012.
  • Only 17 states have policies to use their own funds to cover abortions for women on Medicaid

These graphics were made possible by a grant from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.