Even if you can afford an abortion, the hidden costs are higher than you think

Millions of Americans lost the constitutional right to an abortion after the Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Now, nearly one in three women between 15 and 44 live in states where abortion is banned or mostly banned.

Even in California, abortion care can be a financial nightmare for low-wage families who are already living paycheck to paycheck. People must find the money to make up for lost wages from time off work, the cost of childcare during recovery, and the estimated $570 out-of-pocket cost for a first-term abortion. These are the real costs of abortion that people living at or below the poverty line just can’t afford.

We need systemic change to make abortion care accessible to people regardless of their income or zip code. No one should be forced to carry a pregnancy to term because of their financial situation.

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