Limitations of Clinic-Based Research Regarding Abortion Cost Barriers
2. Materials and Methods
2.1. Reddit as an Emerging Qualitative Data Source
2.2. Data Collection
3.1. Inability to Secure Funds for Abortion Services and Transportation
(The clinic) said it would be $550. I haven’t been able to come up with that due to bills and finding out so late. I’ve been applying for loans but my credit score is 500. By my appointment time I will be 8 weeks along. What have you done when you need money quick?
(The clinic) was no help. I was essentially turned away because I hadn’t heard back from the funding assistance places they’d told me about, and I was too broke to be able to afford any of the procedures. I felt stuck, powerless, and defeated.
I don’t have a car and the nearest abortion clinic is six hours away. I just began my new job and I couldn’t afford to pay someone to drive me or the $500 fee.
3.2. Insufficient Funds to Select Desired Aspects of Abortion Services
Tomorrow I go to the clinic to take my first pill for medical abortion. As of Saturday when I take the second set of pills, I will be 10 weeks along. I am very nervous about having the procedure this late, but the surgical option was not financially viable for me. I can hardly afford the medical termination.
It’s been three weeks since I had the abortion, all pregnancy symptoms are gone but I haven’t had money for an ultrasound so I took a urine pregnancy test and this test has a very very faint second line. Could it be because my HGC is dropping low? Is it normal?
I don’t qualify for financial assistance at (the clinic). I’ll have to postpone another week—I have a second appointment the following week through my insurance. The surgical (procedure) will cost me $400 and does not include sedation of any kind (I would not be able to afford it). But, worse than the cost and lack of sedation is the fact that I’ll have to endure this pregnancy for an entire week longer…and I’m literally at my breaking point.
3.3. Insurance and Administrative Hurdles Create Unique Barriers
My appointment is tomorrow, and I found out Friday afternoon that my insurance won’t cover the abortion (pills). I read somewhere that I could apply for a temporary Medical-Cal (sic) but I can’t find much info on how to get it and how quickly I can receive it. As a pregnant woman, will I automatically qualify for it? (Authors’ note: California Medicaid is called MediCal.)
I’m going to have the aspiration procedure done on Saturday morning. I had Medicaid approved here in Florida because of pregnancy. Now I’m confused. I previously posted that I’m having to terminate due to my baby having anencephaly.
Has anyone been through this? Do you call them and tell them what happened? How long after do they cancel your Medicaid? And if you ever get pregnant again are you blacklisted or something? I’m just scared and nervous and want to make sure I can go to my follow-up appointment after the procedure.
I do have health insurance. It’s just that I’m under my parents’ plan and there is absolutely no way I can let them know about this. If anyone could help me it would be greatly appreciated. I’m terrified. My boyfriend and I are living paycheck to paycheck, so I can’t afford anything over $500. I don’t know what to do.
3.4. Relying on Self-Managed Abortion Options Due to Cost Barriers
I used Aid Access to terminate my pregnancy because I couldn’t afford $500+ for the abortion counseling appointment and medical abortion. I didn’t qualify for aid because my finances look good on paper. But they don’t take into account your rent, health insurance, car payment, student loans, etc.
I decided to hide (my pregnancy) from my parents and sister–basically, everyone except my boyfriend. Because I had only him, and he didn’t have a job at this time (rare for him) or a car, I knew my options were limited. I had enough savings to go to Planned Parenthood, but it would have depleted my bank account, and we probably wouldn’t be able to get to appointments. So I took the cheaper and easier way, and I ordered mifepristone and misoprostol from overseas.
I’m not financially fit, mentally ready... but I can’t afford abortion pills. And the closest Planned Parenthood is over 4 hours away... I’m scared about this whole thing. Also someone told me they have animal misoprostol that might work but I don’t think it would?
I’ve been using birth control however I didn’t realize one of my medications may make it ineffective. My insurance doesn’t cover abortions unless a physician says I was raped and my bank account is joint with my husband who I’m pretty sure would try to talk me out of aborting. Could I use diclofenac (voltaren) (a medication used to relieve pain and swelling from arthritis)? Someone told me it’s basically misoprostol.
4.1. Public Health Implications: The Potential Impact of, and Building Momentum for, Overturning Hyde
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