Late-Term Abortions

Last Updated: 8/26/2020

Late-Term Abortion Procedure

Due to the fact that these abortions happen beyond the time period for a medical abortion, a later-term abortion uses surgical abortion. The go-to method for surgical abortion is a process called dilation and evacuation (D&E).

D&E is usually done in an outpatient facility and takes about a half hour to complete.

Who is eligible for the procedure?

Your eligibility for this type of abortion is very limited. Many states limit what you can do after a certain week has passed.

There are 17 states that ban abortions after 20 weeks fertilization. Your doctor can explain your options avialable in your state. These states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Cost of a Late-Term Abortion

A D&E procedure can cost as much as $1,500 in the first trimester and goes up from there. Having the procedure done at a hospital may be more expensive than in-clinic.

There are some health insurance policies that will cover abortion and programs out there to assist.

Risks of a Late-Term Abortion

The risks of having an abortion later-term are very similar to other surgical procedures and abortion methods.

Some common risks:

  • allergic reaction
  • laceration or perforation of the uterus
  • excessive bleeding
  • blood clots larger than a lemon
  • severe cramping and pain

Risks to call your doctor immediately on:

  • foul-smelling discharge
  • severe pain unrelated to cramping
  • shaking and chills
  • fever over 100.4 degrees

If you experience any of these post operation, you need to see a doctor right away.

To avoid any infection, you should avoid things like: tampons, sex, douching, baths, and swimming pools and hot tubs.


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  • Late-Term Abortion Procedure
  • Eligibility
  • Cost of Late-Term Abortion
  • Risks of Late-Term
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