If your girlfriend is considering an abortion, it’s essential to know that abortion is illegal in Tennessee once a heartbeat can be detected—and your insurance will not cover her abortion.
Read on to learn more about the different cost factors that go into an abortion and how you can help protect your girlfriend’s health. Or, if you and your girlfriend are looking for pregnancy support and information about your options, contact Pathways Pregnancy Resource Center today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.
How Much Does Abortion Cost?
Abortion costs vary depending on many factors, including the type of abortion and how far along your girlfriend is. And since abortion is illegal in Tennessee once a heartbeat can be detected (usually around six weeks), seeking an abortion will likely mean traveling out of state, which will incur other costs.
How Can I Help My Girlfriend Protect Her Health Before an Abortion?
Abortion comes with risks to your girlfriend’s health. If your girlfriend receives an ultrasound, she can learn critical details about her pregnancy that will help keep her safe. These details include:
- Pregnancy age: This is an essential detail to know, as it will help determine what abortion options are available. For example, the abortion pill is only FDA-approved if your girlfriend’s pregnancy is under 10 weeks gestation. If she takes the drugs when she’s further along, it puts her at risk for potentially serious health complications.
- Pregnancy location: During a typical pregnancy, the embryo attaches and grows inside the uterus. But sometimes, this process happens outside the uterus. This is a life-threatening situation called ectopic pregnancy that needs emergency medical treatment.
- Pregnancy viability: Roughly 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and it’s possible to have a miscarriage without any immediate signs. An ultrasound will look for signs of life, like a heartbeat. If your girlfriend has had a miscarriage, she will need medical guidance and possible follow-up care.
At Pathways Pregnancy Resource Center, we offer free, limited ultrasounds because we care about your girlfriend’s health.
Facing an unplanned pregnancy can feel overwhelming for you and your girlfriend, but you two aren’t alone in this. And you have options. At Pathways Pregnancy Resource Center, we’re here for you.
We provide free resources, services, and information to help you both feel informed and supported as you decide how to move forward. Contact us today to be connected to one of our caring team members. All appointments and services are free and confidential.