How much does an abortion cost in Maryland?

In Maryland, the cost of an abortion ranges from $390 to $1300.  The cost varies based on the stage of development of the baby and the type of pain medication or anesthesia used during the abortion.  Costs also increase if other medications are needed, such as if your blood type is Rh negative.

If you are concerned about the cost of abortion, The Pregnancy Clinic might be able to help. 

While we do not provide or refer for abortion, our services are all free of charge and are a good first step if you are facing a surprise pregnancy.  Our trained counselors can run a free pregnancy test for you—even if you’ve taken one at home.  If you are considering abortion, our sonographers can provide a free viability ultrasound to determine if your positive test is actually a pregnancy heading towards survival.  In some cases, women experience miscarriages before they even have an abortion. 

Knowing your test results, your viability status, and even talking through any questions you have could help you before making the appointment for an abortion and facing the expense. 

Our services are all free, so there’s no financial burden for you.  We also have three clinics in Annapolis, Bowie, and Severna Park with a variety of day and evening hours. 

Call or text: 443.333.8856.

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Can I get an abortion if I’m under 17?

Maryland is a “Notification Only” state for minors seeking abortions.  That means that one of your parents is required to be notified about the decision to have an abortion.

However, parental notification is not required for appointments at our three pregnancy clinics in Annapolis, Bowie, and Severna Park.  We offer free and completely confidential services that include pregnancy tests and viability ultrasounds.  Our pregnancy tests are 99% accurate, laboratory grade pregnancy tests.  Even if you’ve taken one or more at home, we can do a simple test for free and go over your options and questions. 

If your test is positive and you are considering abortion, we can do a viability sonogram (most of the time the same day—especially if you make an appointment).  Our nurse sonographer will look to see if the pregnancy is viable (heading towards surviving).  That is an important first step in determining if an abortion is even needed or if the pregnancy is likely to end on its own.

Have a question or need a test?  Call or text: 443.333.8856.

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Why come in for a pregnancy test?

If you have missed a period, you may begin to suspect that you are pregnant.  It can be an uneasy feeling—waiting and wondering.  While some people go to the drugstore for a pregnancy test, many are left with more uneasy feelings after taking the test at home: Did I do it right?  Could it be wrong?  How many should I do?  Our clients often tell us these things.

What can the Pregnancy Clinic do for you?  The Pregnancy Clinic offers a free, laboratory grade, pregnancy test, someone to run it for you, and someone to talk to about your options.  In addition, if you are taken off-guard by a possible pregnancy, you might be considering abortion.  If that is the case, a test alone may not be all you need.  A pregnancy test alone cannot determine if your pregnancy is viable, (meaning having a good chance of surviving). The test can detect whether or not the pregnancy hormone (HCG) is present in your urine, but a viability ultrasound is necessary to determine whether or not a living and growing baby is present. Some positive pregnancy tests do not result in a viable pregnancy!

If you are considering abortion, we can provide a pregnancy ultrasound after your positive test. This will help you determine if the pregnancy is heading towards survival or miscarriage.  If your pregnancy is not viable, the pregnancy may not survive on its own, sparing you from the emotional and financial burdens of an abortion.

We are here to help you in this difficult time.  All of our services are free.  Text us today for your appointment: 443.333.8856.

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What affect does abortion have on mental health?

A 2018 review of literature took an objective look at the abortion and mental health controversy.

“There is general agreement that (a) abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion; (b) the abortion experience directly contributes to mental health problems for at least some women; (c) there are risk factors, such as pre-existing mental illness, that identify women at greatest risk of mental health problems after an abortion; and (d) it is impossible to conduct research in this field in a manner that can definitively identify the extent to which any mental illnesses following abortion can be reliably attributed to abortion in and of itself.”

“Common ground among researchers exists regarding the very basic fact that at least some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience. In many cases, this may be due to feeling pressured into an abortion or choosing an abortion without sufficient attention to maternal desires or moral beliefs that may make it difficult to reconcile one’s choice with one’s self-identity.”

It is clear that mental health should be considered when contemplating an abortion procedure.  We’ll explore more about emotional and psychological risks associated with abortion in future posts.

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Does the baby feel pain during an abortion?

Women and men considering abortion often ask whether the baby feels pain during the abortion procedure.  The age at which a fetus begins to feel pain is debated by scientists.  Unborn babies recoil away from stimulation of the abortion procedure, which demonstrates that the nervous system is experiencing a physiological stress response.  Some states have laws designed to protect unborn babies from abortion past a certain stage because of evidence of fetal pain.

A recent NIH study noted: “The threshold for tactile stimuli is lower at earlier stages of gestation. The pain inhibition mechanisms are not sufficiently developed during intrauterine development, which is another factor leading to increased intensity of pain in the fetus. All this points to the fact that the fetus is extremely sensitive to painful stimuli, and that this fact should be taken into account when performing invasive medical procedures on the fetus.”

If you are concerned about the effects of abortion for your baby, you are welcome to visit our clinic for a free ultrasound to determine if your pregnancy is viable (living) and to discuss the abortion procedure and your questions regarding it.  Text: 443-333-8856.

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To share or not to share: Telling others about an unplanned pregnancy

When facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is tempting to keep the news to yourself if you have not yet decided to parent, have an abortion, or make an adoption plan.  However, big decisions (especially ones involving parenting, abortion, or adoption) are rarely a good idea to make in isolation.  Big decisions benefit from feedback and the challenge of others’ opinions in order to help you think through how the decision will affect you and those close to you.  In addition, secrets, especially ones involving something as life-changing as pregnancy and abortion, are hard to bare alone.

When it comes to parenting, abortion, or adoption, it’s also important to know what support or resources might be available to you from family, friends, and organizations.  If you are tempted to not tell someone, ask yourself these questions:

  • What feelings do I have towards myself about being pregnant right now?
  • What do I fear will happen if others know of the potential pregnancy?
  • How will I feel carrying the secret of a pregnancy alone in the years to come?

If you are not yet ready to tell a family member or friend, our Clinic is here to talk through your situation and options, including the pro’s and con’s of telling others.  All information is free and confidential.  To text for an appointment: 443-333-8856.

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Are there any serious adverse effects of the abortion pill?

From the FDA web site:

“It is not uncommon for the FDA to receive reports of serious adverse events for prescription drugs after they are approved. The FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in women who took Mifeprex. As of December 31, 2017, there were reports of 22 deaths of women associated with Mifeprex since the product was approved in September 2000, including two cases of ectopic pregnancy resulting in death; and several cases of severe systemic infection (also called sepsis), including some that were fatal. The adverse events cannot with certainty be causally attributed to mifepristone because of concurrent use of other drugs, other medical or surgical treatments, co-existing medical conditions, and information gaps about patient health status and clinical management of the patient.”

The web site goes on to say:

“All providers of medical abortion and emergency room healthcare practitioners should investigate the possibility of sepsis in women who are undergoing medical abortion and present with nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea and weakness with or without abdominal pain. These symptoms, even without a fever, may indicate a serious infection. Strong consideration should be given to obtaining a complete blood count in these patients. Significant leukocytosis with a marked left shift and hemoconcentration may be indicative of sepsis.”

 

If you have concerns or want to know more about the Abortion Pill Regimen, call/text our office for an appointment: 443-333-8856.

If you have only taken the first dose of the medical or chemical abortion and are having second-thoughts, you may be able to reverse the effects of the abortion pill. Call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline now: 1-877-558-0333.

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I’ve had an abortion and something doesn’t feel right, what should I do?

If you are considering abortion, be sure to

  • Verify that your pregnancy is viable with an ultrasound.
  • Discuss and research your options.
  • Receive STD testing.
  • Know the type of abortion clinic, procedure, risks and side effects.
  • Find out about the abortion clinic’s procedures for handling emergencies during and after the abortion.
  • Find out your legal rights should there be a medical mistake due to the abortion.

If you have had an abortion, and you suspect something is wrong physically, you should call your doctor or get to an Emergency Room right away.

If you have had an abortion, and you are not feeling right emotionally, please contact our office.  Many women have varying degrees of emotional reactions after their abortion. You do not need to suffer alone; we are here to help you after your abortion.

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I’ve taken the first medicine of the Abortion Pill, and now I’m panicking.

Ever since the Abortion Pill came on the market, we have experienced this type of question, primarily from callers at home. This is a very scary and emotionally painful situation to face in addition to an unplanned pregnancy.  Many women, are unaware of the process of the Abortion Pill regimen.  In our modern culture, taking a pill sounds similar to what we do for a headache.  With that said, there are two things to consider:

Learn about the Procedure

  • If you have not yet taken either pill, find out what the procedure is, how the pills work, what to expect, how long it will take, what the side effects and risks are, and what to do in case of an emergency. Medication abortion requires a three (or more) step process. The first step is visiting an abortion provider for an assessment and the first dose of medication. Two days later, the patient takes a second dose of medication at home. After this dose, cramping will begin to expel the embryo. It is between these two steps that women will often call, wondering if they have made a mistake and if there is any help available to stop the abortion process.  After the second medication, some women have been caught off-guard by the amount of pain, blood, or fetal tissue they experience as the abortion completes itself.  Some women, wishing the process to be private, are facing this alone in their bathrooms.  The final step is to return to the abortion provider to determine if the abortion procedure was complete, as a surgical abortion may be necessary if it is not.

Abortion Pill Reversal

  • If you have taken the first pill, and are questioning your decision, we may be able to help save the pregnancy with progesterone therapy provided at our clinic. Progesterone has been safely used to support pregnancies for almost sixty years.  Please note:  this is not a guarantee, and the Abortion Pill regimen should not be started if you have any doubts.  However, if you have started the Abortion Pill and contact us right away, we will do our best to assist you.  Abortion Pill Reversal is safe and confidential but extremely time sensitive. If you have only taken the first medication and would like to talk to someone about abortion pill reversal, please call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at 1.877.558.0333.
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I’m confused…What is the difference between the Morning After Pill and the Abortion Pill?

You are not alone.  This can be very confusing.

Abortion Pill

Let’s start with the Abortion Pill.  If you have had a positive pregnancy test and verified that your pregnancy is viable (living), you might be contemplating an abortion.  Women considering abortion sometimes choose medication abortion, one of which is the Abortion Pill.  You may have read about this in our previous blog post or on our Web site.

Our clinic can discuss this abortion option with you and provide a free ultrasound to confirm viability.  Should your pregnancy not be viable, the difficult abortion decision may not be necessary.

Morning After Pill

The Morning After Pill is a different medication (levonorgestrel) and is designed to be taken hours to days after sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy from occurring.  The Morning After Pill works in three ways: 1) delaying ovulation, 2) making it more difficult for sperm to fertilize and egg, 3) preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus (early abortion).  It is important to consider your feelings concerning abortion before taking this medication, since the woman will not know the way in which it worked.  A pregnancy test to rule out an already existing pregnancy is recommended.

 

Our clinic can provide a free pregnancy test and information on the risks and side effects of this medication.  The user should be aware that some side effects could mask an ectopic pregnancy, which can be life-threatening.

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