Abortion

Abortion Education

If you’ve just discovered you’re pregnant or you think you may be pregnant, then you’re probably thinking about your options. You may be wondering how you’ll cope with pregnancy or how you’ll afford to support yourself and your unborn child. You may be encouraged to make a quick decision on what choice you’ll make next. When pregnant, no decision is easy, call us for abortion education and options.

When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, women often have two immediate choices. They can choose to continue the pregnancy, or not.

We encourage you to stop, take a deep breath, and take time to make an informed and responsible decision. Educate yourself about the options you have available to you and your unborn child. If you need help exploring your options, there are resources available at no cost to you.

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Do you wonder how much an abortion costs?
Or are you simply looking for help without the pressure?

It is typical for an abortion to cost anywhere from $300 to $3,000+ out of pocket. This cost range is based upon a number of factors, including stage of pregnancy, type of abortion procedure, geographical region and choice of anesthesia.

Abortion Cost – Avoid Pressure from Paid Services

Why? Make an informed decision without the pressure from others looking to take your money. You can get free medical assistance and detailed information without pressure. Note that we do not refer for abortion procedures.

If you have questions about abortion cost or the abortion pill, please contact us. We will listen and not pressure you. Plus, it is free and confidential!

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Avoid Fees

Your first step does not have to include fee-based services. You can get answers first before having to pay for services. Call us and we can guide you through it.

To avoid fees you should be cautious of abortion providers who seek to collect nonrefundable fees before they offer counseling. Especially be aware of abortion providers who don’t give you an opportunity to ask questions. You should fully understand the risks involved before proceeding.

It is therefore easy to see why calling us for pressure free assistance is a good call. We can connect you to free services before you visit an abortion provider such as Planned Parenthood or Family Planning Associates.

Women usually have questions concerning the abortion pill. Taking a pill might seem like a quick solution to an immediate problem, but it is not without risk. We know that there is a lot of differing information out there. If you’re thinking of using the abortion pill or having a medical abortion, we are here to help you make an informed decision.

What is the Abortion Pill?

The Abortion Pill uses two medications, Mifepristone and Misoprostol, to end a pregnancy. These medications cause changes in the lining of the uterus and cause muscle contractions that expel the pregnancy tissue. The French pharmaceutical company, Roussel-Uclaf, patented the drug. The company’s initials provide the first part of the drug’s label, so the pill is sometimes called RU-486.

Patients will have bleeding and cramping (sometimes heavy bleeding with severe cramping) like those that occur during an early miscarriage.

 

Pill Reversal

Abortion Pill Reversal is possible.

Have you taken the first dose of mifepristone (also known as RU486 or the “abortion pill”)? Do you regret your decision and wish you could reverse the effects of the abortion pill? It may not be too late. Ask about Abortion Pill Reversal.

For information on reversing the effects of the first dose of the abortion pill, call us right away 877-398-7734.

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Other risks/Side Effects include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to get pregnant due to infection or complication of an operation
  • Allergic reaction to the medicines
  • Hemorrhage (heavy bleeding) possibly requiring treatment with an operation, a blood transfusion, or both
  • Incomplete removal of the unborn child, placenta, or contents of the uterus, requiring an operation
  • Need for Surgery
  • Death
Most of all, speak to a nurse before taking the Abortion Pill. A nurse can assist you with a free ultrasound. Note that we do not refer for abortion procedures. Please contact us to be connected to free services at 877-398-7734.
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Most of the common complications of abortion that are discussed are short-term and are a direct result of the surgical abortion procedure, abortion pill or morning after pill. The number and the severity of these problems depend on the experience of the abortionist.

However, there are complications that occur later and these long-term side effects relate primarily to fertility and reproduction. Women who have had an abortion have more than double the chance of sterility, and the chance of sterility increases with each additional abortion. 1 One study reported a 45% increase in pregnancy failure after one abortion. 2 This means that later in life, women who have had an abortion can face infertility problems.

There is also strong evidence that abortion increases the risk of getting breast cancer. A study of 1,800 women found that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer before age 45 by 50%, and an abortion of a first pregnancy for women under 18 after the 8th week increased the risk by 800% (8 times the national average). Women who in addition had a family history of breast cancer had an even higher rate, with 100% of the women in this category in this study getting breast cancer later.3

As with any medical procedure, it is important that women know what they are facing so they can make an informed decision. Clinical research provides a growing body of scientific evidence that having an abortion can have long-term psychological effects on some women. “Women who report negative after-effects from abortion know exactly what their problem is,” observed psychologist Wanda Franz, Ph.D. “When they are reminded of the abortion,” Franz testified, “the women re-experienced it with terrible psychological pain … They feel worthless and victimized.4

Researchers have now discovered a pattern of symptoms among post-abortive women that is called Post Abortion Syndrome. This syndrome is considered to be a type of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Typically there is a time of “denial,” which may last as long as five or ten years, before the emotional problems surface. Often a major life event seems to trigger the onset of symptoms, which can include debilitating depression, grief, guilt, anxiety, low self-esteem, a sense of failure, hopelessness, or emotional deadness. They may have flashbacks, nightmares, sleep disorders, communication difficulties, relationship problems, sexual dysfunction, repeated abortions, drug or alcohol abuse, or suicidal tendencies. These symptoms become worse with each additional abortion.

Many times women suffer in silence. Fear, guilt and shame often keep women from getting the help they need. If you or someone you know might be suffering from Post Abortion Syndrome, you are not alone. Please call Options for Pregnancy. We are here to help.

1. Anastasia Tzonou, et al, “Induced abortions, miscarriages, and tobacco smoking as risk factors for secondary infertility,” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Vol. 47 (1993), p. 36.

2. C Madore, et. al., “A Study on the Effects of Induced Abortion on Subsequent Pregnancy Outcome,” American Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1981, 139:516-521

3. Janet Daling, et al, “Risk of Breast Cancer Among Young Women: Relationship to Induced Abortion,” Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol. 86, No. 21 (November 2, 1994), pp. 1584-1592.

4. March 1989 congressional hearing on the impact of abortion

Facing an unwanted pregnancy can be overwhelming. Sometimes. with all the pressure, it does not seem like there are abortion alternatives. It is not the right circumstances to make a quick decision. Take a step back. You can take heart in the fact that many women face this decision every day. It is not easy. Yet, it is not impossible either.

Probably the decision for most is not that simple: to have a baby or an abortion… Keep in mind there is also a third alternative: adoption. As a mother, you can choose to make an adoption plan for your child.

Why adoption? First, you can still be a mom while placing your child for adoption. That is clear.

Second, there are many women who would love to have a child or another child. However, many cannot because of various reasons. It can be a very painful experience for those who want a child and are not able. You can change another family’s life by choosing to place your child for adoption.

Know that as a birth mother you are not “giving up” your child. Rather, you are choosing a different life for your child. You are placing your baby into the arms of eternally grateful parents. They will spend their days cherishing the gift that a generous woman gave them.

Finally, families who want to adopt will also assist with any costs you may incur while pregnant.

Different Kinds of Adoption:

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Closed Adoption: A closed adoption is an adoption in which no information about the birthmother or the adoptive family is shared between the two. There is no contact between birthparents and adoptive parents. In a closed adoption, you won’t have contact with your child or family. As a result, records are sealed after finalization.

Open Adoption: An open adoption allows an association between the birthmother, child and adoptive parents. Open adoption takes on many forms depending on what is mutually agreed on.

Agency Adoption and Private Adoption

Adoption agencies arrange adoptions and are called “agency adoptions”. The agency takes legal possession of the child and then places it with the family. These agencies can be a public or a private one.

Private adoption is different. An attorney, doctor or facilitator arranges a private adoption, acting as the intermediary. This is of course in contrast to using a licensed adoption agency.

If you want more information on the adoption process or need assistance in any way, please contact us. We are here to help you.

Abortion Help

If you’ve just discovered you’re pregnant or you think you may be pregnant, then you’re probably thinking about your options. You may be wondering how you’ll cope with pregnancy or how you’ll afford to support yourself and your unborn child. You may be encouraged to make a quick decision on what choice you’ll make next.

When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, women often have two immediate choices. They can choose to continue the pregnancy, or not.

We encourage you to stop, take a deep breath, and take time to make an informed and responsible decision. Educate yourself about the options you have available to you and your unborn child. If you need help exploring your options, there are resources available at no cost to you.

What is an abortion?

An abortion is when a pregnancy is ended so that it does not result in the birth of a child. Sometimes this is called termination of pregnancy. The pregnancy is ended either by surgery or by taking pills. During the first trimester it is recommended that you get a sonogram before considering the options. If you would like to schedule a sonogram, please contact our office for assistance.

Abortions can have many long-term effects so learning the facts about abortion will help those trying to decide on having an abortion. You may want to learn about the health risks during and after an abortion as well as abortion alternatives.

We are here to help. We can connect you to a clinic or center in your area that can discuss abortion and all of your options with you and help you find the services you need. Note that we do not refer for abortion procedures. This service is free of charge.

Types of Abortion Procedures:

Most surgical methods of abortion require the dilation of the cervix. A series of metal dilators (curved metallic instruments) are inserted into the cervix to increase its size of the cervix quickly. Please note that this premature stretching of the cervix can result in permanent physical injury to the mother.

The type of surgical abortion used depends on the stage of the pregnancy.

 

At 3-8 Weeks:

  • Suction Aspiration: This is the most common type of abortion during the fist eight weeks of
    pregnancy. The mother is given anesthesia and her cervix is quickly dilated. A hollow tube with
    a knife-edged tip is inserted into the uterus. This instrument is then connected to a vacuum
    machine by a transparent tube. The vacuum suction, tears the fetus and placenta into small
    pieces that are sucked through the tube into a bottle. Medical Risks
  • Dilation & Curettage (D & C): a surgical abortion procedure used to terminate a pregnancy up
    to 16 weeks. It is also referred to as suction curettage or vacuum aspiration. This method is
    similar to the suction method with the added insertion of a hook shaped knife that cuts the
    baby into pieces. The pieces are scraped out through the cervix and discarded. Medical Risks

At 16 Weeks:

  • Dilation & Evacuation (D & E): a surgical abortion procedure used to terminate a pregnancy after
    16 weeks gestation. This method is similar to the suction method with the added insertion of a hook
    shaped knife, which cuts the baby into pieces. The pieces are scraped out through the cervix and
    discarded. Medical Risks
  • Induction Abortion: a surgical procedure where a long needle inserted through the mother’s
    abdomen into the baby’s sac. Salt water, urea, or potassium chloride is injected into the amniotic
    sac. The baby swallows this fluid, is poisoned and dies. The mother will go into labor within
    twenty four hours and give birth to a dead baby. Please note: In some circumstances these babies
    have been born alive. Medical Risks

 

At 6 Months:

  • Prostaglandin Chemical Abortion: Chemicals are used to cause the uterus to contract intensely,
    pushing out the developing baby. Since these contractions are more intense than natural
    contractions, the baby is usually killed by the contractions. Medical Risks
  • Hysterectomy or Caesarean Section: Used mainly in the last three months of pregnancy, the
    womb is entered by surgery through the wall of the abdomen. This is similar to a C-section delivery,
    but in these procedures the umbilical cord is usually cut while the baby is still in the womb, thus
    cutting off his oxygen supply and causing suffocation. Medical Risks

There are both short and long term risks to the abortion pill and to surgical abortion. Approximately ten percent of women undergoing induced abortion suffer from immediate complications. It is important that any patient make an informed decision before taking any type of medication or undergoing any surgical procedure. We are here to help you in any way you need.

The further along a patient is in the pregnancy, the greater the chance of serious complications. Also, patients have a greater risk of dying from the abortion procedure. Other factors that affect the possibility of complications include the training of the doctor, type of anesthesia used, type of facility chosen, health of the patient and abortion procedure used. Please contact Free Women’s Clinic to be connected with a clinic or center that will discuss risks and options with you. Remember, it is your right and the doctor’s responsibility to inform you fully prior to the procedure. Ask all of your questions and make sure you understand the answers. You have a right to view your medical records, including your ultrasound, at any time.

Below is a description of the risks that have been associated with abortion:

Pelvic Infection: Bacteria (germs) from the vagina or cervix may enter the uterus and cause an infection. Antibiotics may clear up such an infection. In rare cases, a repeat suction, hospitalization or surgery may be needed. If a woman has Gonorrhea, Syphilis, or Chlamydia, a serious tubal infection can occur.

Retained Tissue: The thickened lining of the uterus is never completely removed during a surgical abortion, and therefore, it is normal for the uterus to naturally shed excess blood and tissue while healing. This process can lead to infection, hemorrhage, or both, especially if fetal tissue remains in the uterus. To remove remaining tissue, it may be necessary to repeat the aspiration procedure at the office or in the hospital. In rare instances, surgery is required.

Blood clots in the uterus: Blood clots that cause severe cramping.

Heavy bleeding (Hemorrhage): Some amount of bleeding is common following an abortion. Heavy bleeding (hemorrhaging) can occur in some instances. This is treated by repeat suction, medication or surgery.

Torn cervix: The opening of the uterus may be torn while it is being stretched open to allow medical instruments to pass through and into the uterus.

Perforation of the uterus wall: A medical instrument may go through the wall of the uterus. Depending on the severity, perforation can lead to infection, heavy bleeding or both. Surgery may be required to repair the uterine tissue, and in cases hysterectomy may be required.

Anesthesia-related complications: As with other surgical procedures, anesthesia increases the risk of complications associated with abortion.

Cardiac Arrest: Some patients can experience sudden cardiac arrest during an abortion.

Long-Term Medical Risks

An abortion is when a pregnancy is ended so that it does not result in the birth of a child. Sometimes this is called termination of pregnancy. The pregnancy is ended either by surgery or by taking pills. During the first trimester it is recommended that you get a sonogram before considering the options. If you would like to schedule a sonogram, please contact our office for assistance.

Abortions can have many long-term effects so learning the facts about abortion will help those trying to decide on having an abortion. You may want to learn about the health risks during and after an abortion as well as abortion alternatives .

We are here to help. We can connect you to a clinic or center in your area that can discuss abortion and all of your options with you and help you find the services you need. Note that we do not refer for abortion procedures. This service is free of charge.

We encourage you to ask yourself these important health and safety questions before visiting an abortion clinic or provider:

1. Don’t sign a consent form until you have reviewed this safety checklist.
2. Ask what your alternatives are if you decide, even at the last moment, not to abort

There are services that offer material support and options counseling free of charge. The clinic should be ready to offer this to you. For example, you may want to consult with a friend, a charity, a social worker, or an adoption agency etc. before going ahead with the abortion.

3. Have you confirmed your pregnancy?

It’s important to be sure that you are pregnant; it is possible to receive a false indication of pregnancy. We can quickly connect you with a local pregnancy center that offers free, reliable pregnancy tests and other services that check the viability of your pregnancy.

4. Do you understand the risks involved in an abortion procedure?

Abortion is a medical procedure and does involve the risk of physical harm. You have the legal right to be informed of the type of procedure you will receive, as well as any potential complications. Ask as many questions as you need, to make sure you understand all that is involved, physically and emotionally.

5. Did you investigate the qualifications of your potential abortion provider?

Find out the name of the doctor who will perform your abortion procedure, and confirm that he or she is a licensed physician and a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. Call and ask if the doctor has appropriate privileges to admit you to a hospital in the event that there is an emergency. Call your state agency (medical licensing board) to see if the doctor has been involved in any medical malpractice suits.

6. Ask how complications are handled.

Abortion providers may not provide any follow-up or emergency care, should complications arise. Ask the abortion clinic if the abortion doctor has admitting privileges to a hospital nearby should you require emergency care.

7. Do you understand that it’s OK to change your mind?

Abortion is your choice—meaning you can change your mind at any time. It’s OK to say, “I need more time to consider my decision,” if you are in the waiting room or even on the table prepped for your procedure. Don’t feel pressured to proceed just because you feel like you have to. It’s your body; you have the right to listen to your instincts.

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