Does a parent have to come with me to get an abortion? And how much does it cost?
By Amy @ Planned Parenthood | Feb. 23, 2022, 9:52 a.m.
Updated November 2, 2022
If I want to get an abortion do I have to have my mom or dad present to get one? And are they free? If not how much do they cost?
If you’re under 18, your state may require one or both of your parents to give permission for you to have an abortion or be told of your decision to have an abortion before the procedure. Usually, judges in these states can decide if you can have an abortion without involving your parents — this is called "judicial bypass." Here's more information about the parental consent and notification laws in each state. You can also contact your nearest Planned Parenthood health center if you have questions.
In June of 2022, The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which means that states can now ban abortion. Some states have banned abortion or created lots of restrictions. But Abortion is NOT banned nationwide. Abortion is still legal in many states, and it's legal to go to a different state to get an abortion. You can find more information about getting an abortion in your state on our website or at abortionfinder.org.
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, and what your financial situation is. An in-clinic abortion costs up to $750 in the first trimester, and up to $1,500 later in pregnancy. In general, an abortion costs more the longer you have been pregnant. And hospitals generally cost more than health centers.
A medication abortion (AKA the abortion pill) can cost up to $750, but it’s often less. The cost may be more or less depending on where you get the abortion pill and whether you need any additional tests, visits, or exams.
Teens are often able to get financial help for abortion services. Some health centers and hospitals offer sliding scale fees according to income. Some may also reduce the cost for young people. And sometimes Medicaid will cover the cost of an abortion procedure. To find out about abortion costs at a Planned Parenthood health center near you, contact your nearest Planned Parenthood health center.
If you’re worried about how to pay for an abortion, contact Planned Parenthood (or wherever you have your appointment) to find out about financial help that may be available. Even if you can’t get an abortion in your state, Planned Parenthood can provide information to help you get the abortion care you need in another state. You can also visit AbortionFunds.org.
Tags: Abortion, pregnancy, family, parental notification