The first step is to determine how far along in your pregnancy you are. Think back to the first day of your last normal menstrual period and count the number of weeks since that day. This will give you an estimate of how far along you are. If you can’t remember, or if your last period was unusually light, you may need to get a sonogram to determine your gestation. Once you know how far along you are, you can find out how much an abortion will cost.
Call the clinic nearest you to find out the cost of an abortion and set up your appointments. You will need to have a separate appointment to have an ultrasound at least 24 hours before the abortion.
You may need to call several clinics to find the best price. Some clinics may not be able to help you if you are further along in your pregnancy. As of October 29, 2013, you can’t get an abortion in Texas after 20 weeks of gestation, which is 22 weeks since your last monthly period. If you can’t locate a clinic near you or are confused about which clinic to go to, call your local Planned Parenthood or the National Abortion Federation hotline at 1-800-772-9100.
Determine how much money you have right now and all the possible ways you can acquire the amount needed. List five people you can ask for twenty or more dollars. Write down the next time you will receive a paycheck or other form of income and how much money you can take out of it. Consider other ways to raise money: hold a yard sale, sell CDs or books, pawn something, get a temporary job, do odd jobs, babysit, clean houses, housesit, be a dog walker, use a credit card, use a trusted friend or family member’s credit card, etc. Add up all of the figures written down: this is the amount of money you can raise for your abortion. If you have all you need, then that’s great! Please keep in mind that abortion assistance funds have small budgets and must help many, many women. You will be responsible for most of the cost of your abortion.
If you still need help and you are going to an abortion clinic in Texas, call the Lilith Fund Hotline toll-free at 1-877-659-4304 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday only between the hours of 7am and noon Central. If you need more money than the typical abortion assistance fund grant (usually between $50 and $200), you may want to ask the clinic if they can refer you to any other abortion assistance funds (local, state and nationwide) that can help you. Access the list of Clinics that Lilith Fund works with here.