Abortion cost searches: How do people use our data?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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Summary: We’re often asked how people use our data. One of our most visited posts is this one on “how much does an abortion cost?” This is information that’s hard to find, and we see that a lot of our visitors are typing this into their search bar — or some variant of this wording — particularly on Saturday and Sunday mornings, on smartphones and other mobile devices like iPads and similar tablets. Click here to support our project on iFundWomen to improve our mobile experience.

A lot of the visitors are from college campuses. Here’s a partial census from three days in early November of the networks that sent us people seeking abortion pricing, collected from our web analytics:

Arizona Tri University Network, Austin College, Bard College, Binghamton State University, Boston University, Bryn Mawr College, California State University at Sacramento, California State University, Central Methodist University, Colgate University, Dartmouth College, Drew University, East-West University, ECPI Colleges in Virginia Beach, Emory University, Fordham University.

Iowa State University, Kennesaw State University, Loyola Marymount University, Madonna University, Montana State University, Montclair State University, New York University, Northern Arizona University, Oregon State University, Penn State, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Rowan University, Rutgers University, Sonoma State University, St. John’s University –New York, State University of New York at Oswego, State University of New York at Stony Brook, SUNY College at Cortland, SUNY Stony Brook.

Susquehanna University, Syracuse University, Temple University, Tennessee Technological University, Texas A & M University, Texas State University –San Marcos, Texas State University, the University of California at Santa Cruz, Towson State University, Tulane University, University of Alabama, University of California — Riverside, University of California — San Diego, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Davis, University of Central Florida, University of Connecticut, University of Dayton, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Hawaii, University of Houston.

University of Massachusetts, University of Michigan, University of New Haven, University of New Mexico University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of South Carolina, University of Tampa, University of Texas at Austin, Villanova University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Washburn University, Washington State University, Wellesley College. Wofford College.

 


You get the idea.

If you didn’t see your college or university, it is simply because no one from there came on one of these three days. If I’d picked another three days, it might well have been your college or university. Also, with our web analytics tools, sometimes people on mobile phones are visible to us only as users from “ATT” or “Brighthouse Networks” or some other mobile provider, not from the university network.

Other visitors seeking abortion pricing in that period: Emirates Communications, from the United Arab Emirates. MTN Nigeria, from Nigeria. Cablemas from Yucatan, Mexico. Globacom in Nigeria. Reliance Jio from Delhi, India. Safaricom from Kenya. Viva Bahrain, from Bahrain. Vodafone-Libertel from The Netherlands. Teliasonera Finland Novi. Internet Bermuda Ltd. Hinet.net in Taipei, Taiwan. Korea Telecom.

What I didn’t include in this census: Public school districts, public libraries, other U.S. and local government visitors, many of the international visitors.

Screen Shot 2016-11-06 at 8.39.18 PMMany of the visitors have some variation of “abortion cost” in a search that lands them on our pages. (Google no longer shows the exact search terms, so what we see when we are analyzing the searches is search queries from Bing, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo and other search engines.)

Many of these visitors come back several times; we can imagine women sitting at a laptop, alone or together with a friend, maybe a boyfriend. Searching. In Riga, Latvia, at 20 weeks? In Minnesota at 21 weeks? California, N.J., N.Y., Houston?

The terms are a catalog of anxiety and unhappiness. We are glad to be able to relieve that anxiety, even in some small measure, by making information available. We can guess that some of the visitors are saying to a friend, “He says he’ll pay for the abortion, but I don’t know what it costs” or “I have to borrow money — can you help me out?”

Now that you’re here, please take the opportunity to visit our crowdfunding project over at iFundWomen, where we’re raising money to redesign the web site to make it more mobile-friendly. These women will thank you for it, even if they don’t know you helped.

Among our most-read posts are those on the cost of birth-control pills, an STD test, an IUD and an abortion – on Saturday and Sunday mornings, on mobile (smartphones and tablets, like iPads). We know you’re reading us on mobile devices, and we need to improve your experience when you come to us using mobile.

Thank you for your support.