A miscarriage is one of the most devastating things that can happen to a woman, and those who go through it usually like to keep the details to themselves as they go through the grieving process. But when Janie Faville, 27, a social worker from Kansas City, Missouri, lost her baby in January after nine weeks of pregnancy, she couldn't stop thinking about how people who are less fortunate than her wouldn't have been able to cope with the financial burden, much less the emotional one.
Faville had to undergo a dilation and curettage (D&C) procedure, which removes tissue from the uterus, in order to treat her miscarriage. According to SELF, the total for this procedure came out to $5,584, but because Jenny has what she considers "good insurance" from her employer, she only had to pay $1,369.57 out of pocket.
Although that's still extremely expensive for a procedure necessary for one's reproductive health, Jenny has worked out a payment plan that will enable her to cover the bill over the next six months. But the ordeal made her wonder how people without health insurance or steady incomes would be able to afford it.
"I kept thinking about people who are so financially strained that [the cost of a miscarriage] could make them lose their house or their apartment or their car or transportation," Faville said. "Or they would have to choose between that and food."
So she shared a photo of her miscarriage bill on her personal Facebook page and on the Facebook page of the group Pantsuit Nation. Her caption was simple: "Because people don't talk about it, I will. This is how much a miscarriage costs with good insurance. THIS is why we need Planned Parenthood."
The post resonated widely, especially now that Republican legislators are working to repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood, and many women responded by sharing their own stories of the insane bills brought on by their miscarriages.
It's a telling reminder of how important it is to talk about these subjects, and the good that can come of it when we do.