Facing an unplanned pregnancy brings various challenges. For many women, the weight of financial instability can be the most daunting aspect of pregnancy. You may be wondering if Medicaid coverage extends to abortion procedures, and the answer is yes. Let’s unpack the expenses to expect when considering an abortion.

Will Medi-Cal Coverage Apply to Elective Abortion?

Medi-Cal covers abortions performed by a physician. Coverage applies regardless of the stage of pregnancy. If inpatient hospitalization occurs, Medi-Cal requires prior authorization under the same standards as other medical procedures

Other Costs to Consider

As with any pregnancy option, there are multiple factors to consider.  

All forms of abortion pose various risks and side effects; therefore, understanding those risks before scheduling an abortion appointment is important. Some risks studied are:

Surgical Abortion Risks

●  Cervical damage

●  Perforation of the uterus 

●  Scar tissue formation on the uterine wall 

●  Moderate to severe vaginal bleeding, the potential for excessive blood loss 

Medication Abortion Risks

●  Heavy and prolonged bleeding, the potential for excessive blood loss 

●  Incomplete abortion, often resulting in the need for a surgical procedure 

●  Infection

●  Gastrointestinal discomfort

Emotional Effects of Abortion

Studies show that abortion correlates to  increased rates of depression, alcohol abuse, recreational drug use, suicidal ideation, and anxiety. We care about your mental health. If you feel hopeless, lost, or anxious, we urge you to seek help from a mental health professional. 

What to Expect Before Your Abortion

Prior to having a surgical or medical abortion, Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic can provide you with important first steps. First, one of our medical professionals will do clinical pregnancy testing. Next, we will perform a no-cost ultrasound to confirm a viable pregnancy. 

The ultrasound will reveal important information needed before an abortion such as the pregnancy’s viability, the gestational age (a factor in determining the type of abortion you qualify for), and the pregnancy’s location. When a viable pregnancy is verified, a nurse will speak with you about all of your options, including abortion method eligibility.

At Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic, we do not provide abortion but our free and confidential pre-abortion consultation is an important first step and will help you make a fully informed choice. Ultimately, our aim is to help you feel empowered to make the best decision for you.