Oklahoma women choose to cross state lines for abortion services

Some women in Oklahoma choose to cross the state line to receive abortion services. These women are fighting for reproductive care, but at what cost? KOCO 5 has broken down the numbers. From travel to room and board to medical expenses, all of these factors can make the option of receiving abortion services nearly impossible for some women in Oklahoma. However, there are groups that can help you. Roe Fund, based in Tulsa, is the only official financial aid resource for anyone who is pregnant in Oklahoma. Board member Susan Braselton said she has helped about 1,600 Oklahoma patients over the past five years. Every woman’s situation is different, and so is the cost. According to Planned Parenthood, an abortion can cost up to $750 depending on your insurance and the state in which you receive the procedure. An average hotel near a clinic can cost between $75 and $120 and for some women there is the cost of a plane ticket or even an Uber to get them to the clinic. For some women, these procedures can be the choice between life and death, but money is always a factor. This is where groups like Pro-Choice OKC come in to help. “One of them was just helping out with resources and finding where he could go, the other was helping out financially with gas money. Luckily we had a few people join in and donate to help and I think it was sending them about 75 to 100. to help with gas because gas is not cheap right now and driving to Kansas is a hassle,” said Anna Artz, co-founder of Pro-Choice OKC. It’s about two and a half hours of gas on the road from Oklahoma City to Wichita, Kansas and for some women, paying travel expenses, a hotel or even the procedure is not a Groups like Roe Fund make sure women know they have their back, no matter the cost.

Some women in Oklahoma choose to cross the state line to receive abortion services.

These women are fighting for reproductive care, but at what cost? KOCO 5 has broken down the numbers.

From travel to room and board to medical expenses, all of these factors can make it nearly impossible for some women in Oklahoma to receive abortion services.

However, there are groups that can help you. Roe Fund, based in Tulsa, is the only official financial aid resource for anyone who is pregnant in Oklahoma. Board member Susan Braselton said she has helped about 1,600 Oklahoma patients over the past five years.

Every woman’s situation is different, and so is the cost. According to Planned Parenthood, an abortion can cost up to $750 depending on your insurance and the state in which you receive the procedure.

An average hotel near a clinic can cost between $75 and $120 and for some women there is the cost of a plane ticket or even an Uber to get them to the clinic.

For some women, these procedures can be the choice between life and death, but money is always a factor. This is where groups like Pro-Choice OKC come in to help.

“One of them was just helping out with resources and finding where he could go, the other was helping out financially with gas money. Luckily we had a few people join in and donate to help and I think it was sending them about 75 to 100. to help with gas because gas is not cheap right now and driving to Kansas is a hassle,” said Anna Artz, co-founder by Pro-Choice OKC.

It’s about two and a half hours of gas on the road from Oklahoma City to Wichita, Kansas and for some women, paying travel expenses, a hotel or even the procedure is not an option. Groups like Roe Fund make sure women know they have their back, no matter the cost.

Richard F. Gandhi