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Someone asked us: Is abortion possible after the first trimester? How much does an abortion cost if you are a minor and want to keep the abortion from your parents?? Help!!! 

Laws about telling your parents depend on where you live. If you’re under 18 and live in a state where abortion is legal, your state may require one or both of your parents to give permission for your abortion. They also may have to be told about your decision before the abortion. But in most of these states, you can ask a judge to excuse you from these requirements. That's called a “judicial bypass.” 

Learn more about parental consent and notification laws. Your nearest Planned Parenthood health center can also tell you more about the laws in your state, and the judicial bypass option.

The cost of an abortion depends on what kind of abortion you have, how long you’ve been pregnant, where you go for your abortion, whether you have insurance that will cover the cost, and if you can get financial assistance. 

An in-clinic abortion costs up to around $800 in the first trimester, and up to $2,000 or more later in pregnancy. In general, an abortion costs more the longer you’ve been pregnant. And hospitals usually cost more than health centers.

You may be able to get financial help for abortion services. Some health centers and hospitals offer sliding scale fees according to income And sometimes health insurance or Medicaid will cover the cost of an abortion procedure. You can also visit AbortionFunds.org to find a local abortion fund that can help with paying for an abortion, transportation, childcare, and other resources.

If you’re worried about how to pay for an abortion, contact your nearest Planned Parenthood or another reliable abortion provider to find out about financial help that may be available. 

If you’re pregnant, or think you’re pregnant, be sure to see a nurse or doctor as soon as possible. If you are trying to get any kind of sexual or reproductive health care, beware of  crisis pregnancy centers. These are places that seem like normal medical centers, but they don’t provide trustworthy or medically accurate abortion care, health care, or resources. They’re run by people who want to scare or shame people out of getting an abortion and will give you false or misleading information about pregnancy, abortion, and birth control. For a trustworthy abortion provider, contact your nearest Planned Parenthood or go to AbortionFinder.org to find one closest to you.

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