What is really takes to get an abortion in the United States. Infographic by Third Wave Foundation.
[photo: infographic. there is a person reaching into a suitcase. in the suitcase are various items that connect with the categories below:
“WHAT IT REALLY TAKES TO GET AN ABORTION
The clock clicking: With every few days that passes, an abortion becomes more expensive - and fewer clinics will perform them.
Escort: The outside of a clinic is often surrounded by protesters. A volunteer escort can help you enter a clinic amidst intimidation and threats.
Government-issued ID: From clinics to courts to hotels, many institutions along the way require an official ID. Without proof of legal residency, you are not eligible for Medicaid coverage of your abortion.
House key: Without a permanent residence, it is difficult if not impossible to secure a line of credit or register for Medicaid or other public benefits in order to pay.
Transport: Only 13% of US counties an abortion provider, and of those, state laws further restrict their ability to operate. Many people must travel in order to find a provider, adding additional cont.
Credit card & cash: Most clinics only accept cash. Many hotels require a credit card and deposit. Without both a line of credit and available cash, it can be impossible to have an abortion.
Blood test: Depending on your blood type, clinics may charge up to hundreds of dollars in additional fees to cover the costs of an unlikely transfusion,
Cell phone: A secure, safe way to make calls to clinics, abortion funds, and hotels is necessary to coordinate an abortion.
Lodgings: If travel is required to reach a clinic, or if your procedure is scheduled over multiple days, the clinic may require proof of lodging at a hotel, adding unforeseen costs.
Judicial bypass: Many states require consent or notification of a parent or guardian for minors seeking an abortion. The only exception to this law is if a minor obtains a judicial bypass. Even if successful, the time it takes to process a bypass can result in a much more expensive procedure.
Ultrasound: Every clinic requires a sonogram, which adds extra cost. If the clinic cannot legally perform an abortion due to how many weeks pregnant you are, your new clinic must perform their own sonogram. Some states mandate expensive medical imaging that goes beyond determining trimester, adding further financial and psychological burden.”]
Counseling and/or receiving state mandated information (varies from state-to-state)
Somebody to take care of children (if the patient has them) because they are not allowed in many clinics
A driver to take the patient home after any procedure with sedation and/or narcotics