Did you recently have unprotected (or maybe even protected) sex and now your period is late? Did you take an over-the-counter pregnancy test and it came back positive? If you weren’t planning on becoming pregnant right now, you may be in shock. An unexpected pregnancy is never easy news.
Women often think about abortion first when discovering an unplanned pregnancy. But abortions can be expensive. You may be wondering if Missouri Medicaid will pay for abortion. What are Missouri’s abortion laws?
Missouri’s Abortion Laws
Just like other states in the nation, Missouri has been revisiting its abortion laws. In 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide but gave states broad-ranging authority to regulate abortion procedures as they saw fit. As a result, abortion laws are drastically different from state to state.
Requirements for Abortion in Missouri:
- Missouri law requires every woman to obtain informed consent about her procedure at least 72 hours before the procedure.
- The use of telemedicine to administer medication abortion is prohibited.
- The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided.
- The state requires abortion clinics to meet certain standards related to their physical location, equipment, and staffing. Abortion providers are also required to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
Will Missouri Medicaid Pay for Abortion?
In Missouri, public funding such as Medicaid is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest. Health plans offered under the Affordable Care Act can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment.
Are You Considering the Abortion Pill?
The abortion pill method is a form of medical abortion. You are only eligible for a medical abortion if you’ve been pregnant less than 10 weeks and 0 days. After 10 weeks, you are required to have an in-clinic surgical abortion.
The abortion pill isn’t just one pill and you’re done. It’s a combination of two very powerful drugs taken over a 24-48 hour period. The first drug blocks the hormone progesterone. This hormone is needed for the pregnancy to stay attached to the uterine wall and grow. The second drug causes your uterus to have contractions to expel the pregnancy. The abortion pill method in Missouri can cost anywhere from $200 to $700.
There are several different methods for surgical abortions. They range from vacuum aspiration to dilation and evacuation (D&E). All of these use some form of suction, possible scraping of the uterine wall, and even forceps, if necessary, to remove larger tissue.
How We Can Help
Do you feel confident about how many weeks you’ve been pregnant? How long you’ve been pregnant determines which method of abortion you qualify for. At the Pregnancy Help Center of South County, we offer no-cost pregnancy testing and ultrasounds. Ultrasound is the most accurate way to determine the length of your pregnancy.
When you come in for free pregnancy services, a member of our medical team will review your results with you. In addition, we can talk about the various abortion procedures and your other options. We’re here for you. If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, we invite you to visit us. Schedule a free and confidential appointment today.