Deciding if the abortion pill is right for you can be a difficult decision. There’s a lot to consider when making this important choice — From knowing where to access the medication, understanding the associated costs, and deciding if it’s safe for you.

Today, we’re answering some of the most commonly asked questions about the abortion pill process:

What is the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill is a two-pill process used to terminate a pregnancy. Also called a medical abortion, the abortion pill uses two medications, Mifepristone and Misoprostol.

Mifepristone is administered first. Pregnancy needs a hormone called progesterone to continue developing. Mifepristone blocks your body’s production of progesterone which prevents the pregnancy from growing.  Without progesterone, the pregnancy will not have the nutrients and support it needs to survive. Once the pregnancy has ended, Misoprostol is taken to cause contractions and force the pregnancy from the body.

When Can the Abortion Pill be Taken?

In Minnesota, the pill can be taken up to 11 weeks after the patient’s last menstrual period.

To confirm the age of your pregnancy, we recommend scheduling an appointment for a free ultrasound scan today!

How Much Does the Abortion Pill Cost in Minnesota?

The cost of the abortion pill can range from $500 to $900, depending on factors of your unique pregnancy conditions. In addition to the cost of the medication, you may face other costs related to the abortion process, such as:

  • Necessary pre-abortion care, such as pregnancy testing, ultrasound scans, STI testing, and more. 
  • Follow-up appointments
  • Additional medication 
  • Emergency care or surgery in the case of complications 
  • Travel and accommodation costs if necessary for abortion access
  • Post-abortive counseling1

Will Minnesota Medicaid Pay for My Abortion?

According to the laws of the state of Minnesota, MinnesotaCare can only provide coverage for abortions under the following circumstances: 

  • If the pregnancy will result in impairment or endangerment of the women’s health or life (Minn. Stat. § 256L.03, subd. 1)
  • If the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest. (Minn. Stat. § 256L.03, subd. 1)
  • Therapeutic reasons (see Minn. Stat. § 256B.0625, subd. 16)

If you are insured under a private insurance plan, refer to your plan’s specific coverage details.

How Do I Know if the Abortion Pill is Right for Me?

In order to determine if the abortion pill is the right choice for your pregnancy, we recommend taking the time you need to gather information on your pregnancy by utilizing the resources available to you.

Options for Women is here to help empower you with information and knowledge. We provide no-cost pregnancy testing, ultrasound scans, and options consultations to help you make the choice that’s right for you!  

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  1. Reardon DC. The abortion and mental health controversy: A comprehensive literature review of common ground agreements, disagreements, actionable recommendations, and research opportunities. SAGE open medicine. 2018;6: 1–38. 10.1177/2050312118807624 . [PMC free article] [PubMed] [CrossRef] [Google Scholar]