Abortion is a medical procedure, so please make sure you are well informed and receiving highly qualified medical care.
QUESTIONS FOR YOUR CLINIC
- What kind of abortions are available to me?
- What kind of rights do I have with abortion providers?
- What are the short-term and long-term risks of abortion?
There may be other pressing questions you have, and we are here to help educate you on the choice of abortion. We can help you understand your options and discuss your pregnancy and health.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU DECIDE
- Are you indeed pregnant?
- How far along are you in your pregnancy?
- Are you at risk for natural miscarriage?
- Do you have an ectopic pregnancy (outside the uterus) requiring immediate medical attention?
Morning After Pill - “Plan B” is intended to prevent pregnancy after known or suspected contraceptive failure or unprotected sex. Side effects may include changes in periods, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache and dizziness.
RU-486 (The Abortion Pill) - This drug is FDA approved for use in women up to 70 days after their last menstrual period. This procedure requires 3 office visits.
Surgical Abortion - Surgical abortion carries the greatest risk of significant complications, such as bleeding and infections. Serious medical complication occur infrequently in early abortions, but increase with later abortions. Surgical methods include:
- Suction Abortion - done throughout the first trimester.
- Dilation & Evacuation (D&E) - done in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy.
- Late Term Abortion - typically takes 2-3 days and is associated with increased risk to the life and health of the mother.
Risks associated with medical abortions include:
Bleeding - vaginal bleeding lasts for an average of 9 – 16 days; 1 in 100 women bleed enough to require surgery (D&C) to stop the bleeding.
Infection - According to the FDA, “Cases of serious bacterial infection, including very rare cases of fatal septic shock, have been reported.”
Undiagnosed Ectopic (tubal) Pregnancy - The abortion pill will not work in the case of an ectopic pregnancy (where the embryo lodges outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube). If not diagnosed early, there could be a risk of the tube bursting, causing internal hemorrhage and death in some cases.
Failed Abortion - RU-486 fails in 8% of uses in pregnancy up to 70 days gestation. A surgical abortion is usually done to complete a failed medication abortion.
We do not perform abortions or refer for abortions.
Having an abortion is a medical procedure. It is important to find out what kind of clinic you are going to, and if they meet the appropriate standards. You need to know the risks, side effects, and the different kinds of abortions. You owe it to yourself to take care of your body and to make an informed decision about your pregnancy.