With reproductive rights in the news this week, we decided to take a look at abortions in Brooklyn — namely where they’re offered, how much they cost, and what online reviewers have said about the borough’s providers. It’s not our usual light fare here on Brokelyn, but we hope those who need this information will find it useful if and when. The following was culled from online sources, clinic calls and, in some cases, site visits. As always, if you have more to add, such as reviews of the clinics mentioned as well as those we missed, please pipe up in the comments.
A big question for many patients is insurance; about two-thirds of private insurers cover abortion, according to the National Abortion Federation. New York State is also one of 15 states where Medicaid covers the procedure. Those not currently on Medicaid but earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines ($21,660 for a single woman) can apply for Emergency Medicaid to cover the procedure, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Several of the clinics below can help patients apply.
There are three forms of pregnancy termination offered in the clinics below, not all available at each one. They are RU 486 (the abortion pill), vacuum aspiration (for pregnancies up to 12 weeks, generally) and D&E (for more advanced pregnancies). Click here for more information on RU 486 and here for more detailed information on the surgical procedures.
Planned Parenthood NYC / Women’s Health Center
44 Court St., 6th Floor, (212) 965-7000
RU486 (up to 9 weeks) $535
Aspiration: (up to 12 weeks) $450 and up
D&E (available for later term pregnancies, but price not quoted on the phone)
Most insurance accepted, including Medicaid.
This is a very busy facility. I visited in person twice (after the phone kept ringing out when I called) before I was able to have my questions answered. The nurse I spoke to was very knowledgeable and friendly, and outlined not only the procedures and costs, but also explained the emergency Medicaid forms to me. The waiting room was clean and tidy. Visitors are required to go through a metal detector walking into the building, which can be daunting.
Monday 8-4;30, Tuesday 8-4:30, Wednesday 8-4:30, Thursday 8-6:30, Friday 8-4:30, Saturday 8-4, Sunday closed
188 Montague Street, Brooklyn, (718) 638-4094
RU486 (up to nine weeks) or aspiration (up to 10 weeks): $1,200
They provide a claim form for insurance, but do not accept insurance or Medicaid
This seems to be the most expensive option, but there are more than 500 reviews online, most of them raving about the quality of care and the professionalism of all the staff, especially the doctors. They picked up their phone right away and talked to me about all the different termination options available, and what each entails. Their website is informative and easy to navigate, and there is apparently “no wait at all” for any service. Whether this is true for all times or not, most of the reviewers give the clinic five stars, with one reviewer calling it “the most positive experience possible in such a difficult situation.”
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Hours vary but generally 9-5.
6721 Avenue U, (718) 531-6969
RU486 (up to 8 weeks) $425
Aspiration (up to 11 weeks) $425
D&E (up to 21 weeks) Price varies
Friendly and helpful receptionist/nurse answered all my questions quickly. Clinic has 14 doctors available for appointments, but reviews online are mixed, some praising the “competent and caring” doctors and others bemoaning their “poor bedside manner.”
Monday 5pm-7pm, Tuesday 10am-2pm, Wednesday closed, Thursday 5pm-7pm, Friday 10am-2pm, Saturday 3pm-5pm, Sunday closed
Brooklyn GYN Place X
Suite 4CF, 142 Joralemon St. (718) 624-0604
RU486 (up to 51/2 weeks) $475
Aspiration (up to 12 weeks) $350
Basic Medicaid is accepted, emergency Medicaid is not. Some insurances accepted.
No reviews online. Nurse on the phone seemed busy and curt, but answered all my questions sufficiently.
Abortion procedures are only scheduled for Tuesdays at 3pm and Saturdays at 12.15pm
Best Women’s Medical Care/The Woman’s Choice
14 Dekalb Ave. 2nd floor, (718) 875-4848
RU486 (up to 8 weeks) $350
Aspiration (up to 12 weeks) $400. Past 10 weeks, prices vary depending upon length of pregnancy
Takes most insurance and Medicaid
This clinic is the cheapest option, but there are some pretty terrible reviews online. Many clients complained of mistreatment and unprofessional behavior, even some saying they were “yelled at.” While a few reviews called the service “quick and no fuss,” there were very few words of praise for the staff at all.
Monday 9-5:30, Tuesday 9–4:45, Wednesday 9-5:30, Thursday 9-6, Friday 9-3:45, Saturday 9-2, Sunday closed
Ob/Gyn Pavilion at the Ambulatory Surgery Center of Brooklyn
313 43rd St. (718) 369-1900
RU486 (5-7 weeks) $525
Aspiration (under 12 weeks) $420
D&E (13 to 24 weeks) $420
Accepts most insurance, onsite Medicaid registration services.
Very few online reviews, but one wrote that “the facility was clean and the procedure was fast.” The nurse on the phone was businesslike and polite. I was put on hold for over 15 minutes at one point, where a peppy woman on the recorded message tried to sell me endoscopy and breast augmentation.
Open 8am-1pm Tuesday to Saturday. Some walk-ins available but appointments are preferred.
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