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Special Report: Abortion Wait Times Down, Prices Up in 2017

Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-683-6790 ext. 111; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Vice President, 316-516-3034; Both with Operation Rescue, info.operationrescue@gmail.com

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- Across America, the amount of time women waited to have an abortion dropped since 2015, while the average price of an abortion rose. These trends were documented during an annual survey of abortion facilities conducted by Operation Rescue.

The survey took place from November 27-December 15, 2017. Using a number of investigative methods, each facility was directly contacted. Abortion facility personnel voluntarily verified that abortions were available, and shared information on abortion pricing and wait times, although they were not aware the information was going to Operation Rescue.

Despite dire predictions from the Abortion Cartel that pro-life legislation would result in increased wait times for abortions, the opposite is actually true. In 2017, the national average time a woman waited to get an abortion was 7.7 days. That represents a decrease from 2015, when the national average time waited for an abortion was 8.5 days.

Operation Rescue has included first trimester abortion pricing in its survey for the past three years. Overall, the average cost of an early abortion has steadily gone up since 2015. In 2017, women paid an average of $595.67 for a first trimester abortion. This is three percent more than women paid just two years ago.

Operation Rescue's 2017 survey results reveal new insights into abortion trends.

Abortion facility numbers continue to shrink while abortion wait times drop, debunking the notion that fewer abortion facilities will lead to higher wait times.

Meanwhile, the price of medication abortions has risen significantly - up 6% since 2015 - while surgical abortions slightly dropped in price. This indicates that exploitative profit-taking is occurring at many abortion-pill (non-surgical) facilities where overhead is the lowest.

"Our data reflects the most accurate numbers available for abortion costs and wait times," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "The data exposes the deceptive rhetoric of the Abortion Cartel, which has resorted to lies and exploitation to keep their failing businesses afloat. The truth is that more and more women are rejecting abortion in favor of life - and that has the Abortion Cartel running scared."

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