If your girlfriend has recently learned she’s pregnant, you both likely have much to consider. If the pregnancy was unexpected, you may be feeling emotions like fear, anxiety, and concern. These feelings are natural, and you’ll want to take time to process the news.
Remember not to pressure your girlfriend into making a specific pregnancy decision. What she needs right now is nonjudgmental support and to know that you’ll be there for her. If she is considering abortion, you’re probably wondering whether your insurance plan can cover the cost of her abortion.
What You Need to Know About Abortion and Insurance
First things first: abortion is legal in California up to the point of viability. Most Medi-Cal and private insurance plans cover abortion costs. This is mandated by law, and Medi-Cal enrollees are not charged copayments or out-of-pocket fees. Other abortion-related costs are covered, including pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. Private insurance plans cover these other costs as well.
There are questions to consider. Is your girlfriend covered under your insurance plan? Does she have her own? Is an abortion the best pregnancy option for her? Continue reading to learn more about the essential steps she should take prior to an abortion.
1. Confirm Pregnancy Details
After your girlfriend has learned she’s pregnant, she may believe she has everything she needs to make a decision. But not all pregnancy tests are accurate, especially if performed incorrectly. For peace of mind, she should confirm her pregnancy with a free pregnancy test at Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center.
With a positive pregnancy test, she can now receive a free ultrasound performed by our registered nurse. This scan will determine her pregnancy’s viability, gestational age, and location. This information is necessary to determine whether she is eligible for an abortion or needs additional medical treatment because of a condition like ectopic pregnancy.
Once she’s received these details, she’s ready to learn about her options.
2. Receive Options Counseling
Your girlfriend’s next step is to learn about her options in a medically accurate, unbiased environment. Our center offers free and confidential options counseling so that she can learn about all her options, including abortion, adoption, and parenting.
We allow a support person to attend the appointment with her. If your girlfriend is comfortable, you could accompany her to the appointment. She may want an extra person to lean on and bounce ideas off of. Provide a listening ear and comforting presence.
Our patient advocates offer various support services to help her make the best possible decision. At your request, we can provide you both with parenting and adoption resources so that you can receive peace of mind about your decision.
It’s normal to feel scared and uncertain. That’s where we come in. We’re here to help!
We’re Here For You Both
This journey can seem frightening, but you don’t have to walk it alone. Contact us today to learn more about how we can support you. Our medical clinic is here with the services you and your girlfriend need most.