Beck, the student volunteer, knows the clock is ticking for her callers. Abortion gets significantly more expensive as a pregnancy progresses. Often, by the time women can cobble together the money to cover the cost of an early abortion, the price has gone up. Providers call it chasing the fee. The very earliest abortions start at $400. "When you're at 18 to 24 weeks, you could easily be looking at $3,500," Beck says — a figure that doesn’t even count time off work, travel expenses, child care or any of the other ancillary costs of an abortion.


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