Traveling Out of State for an Abortion: Is it Difficult?
Suppose you are unexpectedly pregnant in a state that either restricts abortion or bans it entirely. In that case, you may be exploring the option of abortion tourism: traveling to a state with fewer abortion regulations for an abortion procedure.
The news that you’re pregnant can already be emotionally taxing, so the effort to travel out of state can add additional emotional and financial hurdles. Read the rest of these articles to assess whether this decision is right for you.
Verify Your Pregnancy
You will first want to gather more details about your pregnancy to identify which procedure you will qualify for.
The most basic test you’ll want to conduct is a pregnancy test. After that, an ultrasound is recommended to gather important pregnancy information such as the viability, location, and age.
Details like the age of the pregnancy inform you if you’re eligible for a surgical or medication abortion. The location of the pregnancy will alert you to any possible health complications, like an ectopic pregnancy, which requires immediate medical intervention.
At First Care, we offer free ultrasounds where we’ll review your medical history and help connect you with local resources.
How Much Does Traveling Out of State for an Abortion Cost?
If you’re considering traveling to Minnesota for an abortion, here are a few factors you will want to consider:
Will I drive or fly?
- How much should I estimate for gas or a plane ticket?
- How many nights should I plan to stay at a hotel?
Your stay will likely depend on whether you’re getting a medication or surgical abortion, which can have different procedural and recovery periods.
In addition to transportation and lodging costs, the procedure can cost $500 out of pocket if you’re getting a medication abortion. If the gestational age is past 10 weeks, you’ll need a surgical abortion, which can cost several thousand dollars.
What Should I Do Before an Abortion?
The good news is that you don’t have to search further to get the answers you need. If you are already in the state, we offer free pregnancy services such as pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STI tests and treatment, and more.
At First Care, we help you get answers and resources in a safe, supportive environment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!