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Abortion Costs Are Increasing as U.S. States Add More Restrictions

Rising costs for the most common procedures have outpaced health care inflation.

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The two most common ways to get an abortion in the U.S. — via pill and a first-trimester procedure — cost patients 13% and 21% more, respectively, in 2020 versus 2017, according to research published this month in the peer-reviewed healthcare journal Health Affairs. 

Those upticks outpaced health care inflation rates, the study noted.