Abortion as “Big Business” & Why It’s a Crock of Shit

Today in an online debate forum someone attempted to argue that abortion is “big business” by stating that it cost $460 in her area for a “simple abortion pill.” Having taken the abortion pill, I figured I should chime in. Here’s what I had to say.

Let’s talk for a moment about that “simple” abortion pill Terri. I have had a medical abortion so I probably know better than you what a typical Planned Parenthood appointment for an early abortion is like.

The $500 I spent on my visit included blood work (to make sure the blastocyst had the same blood type and wouldn’t kill me during expulsion), a vaginal ultrasound (to accurately date the pregnancy and ensure I was early enough the pill was the right medical treatment for me), pre-abortion counseling (to apprise me of all my options and make sure I had all the facts available), consultation time with an OBGYN who instructed me on how to take the pills and supervised me as I took the first one, a packet of Plan B to take home so I won’t have to do that again hopefully, anti-nausea medication, pain medication, and oh yes, the “simple pill” (or really two sets of pills, one to stop cell division in the blastocyst and the other to expel it from my body.) My appointment all together took about 3 hours.

But wait – there’s more! When the pills weren’t working for me and nothing was coming out, I went back to Planned Parenthood and had another hour long appointment, including nurses checking on my vitals, speaking with a doctor, and getting a new set of pills to take home. All of this was included in my original $500.

Name me anywhere else in the United States I can get that much quality medical care for a measly $500.

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6 thoughts on “Abortion as “Big Business” & Why It’s a Crock of Shit

  1. What I actually find to be morally dubious is ANY non-cosmetic medical procedure being “big business.” If they were really “pro-life” they should be more concerned about tens of thousands of dollars being charged for treatments for life-threatening conditions (let’s say, heart surgery and hospitalization), shouldn’t they? But of course they are against public healthcare at the same time. It always amazes me how inconsistent some people can be in their rationalizations.

  2. My abortion was surgical and about 9 yrs a go but it was only $225. I got sedatives, antibiotics, bc pills and the procedure itself for that price. The nurses in the clinic were some of the most compassionate women I’ve ever met. When they found out part of the reason for the abortion was that I was homeless with 3 kids, they pooled money and donated it to me to get a place.

  3. Yeah, I have no understanding why it is that people get the idea in their heads that abortion is a big business. Perhaps it is a high cost for a low-income person but I think they’re doing a high-value service and in this instance, you’re getting more than you pay for.

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