Abortion

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Understanding Abortion

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Considering Abortion?

If being pregnant wasn’t your plan, one of your options is abortion. Before you decide, you deserve to know the facts, and the law gives you the right to be fully informed concerning abortion procedures. Take a minute to get the information you need to make an informed decision. Remember, no one can make this decision for you, and no one should attempt to pressure you one way or another.

Pregnancy Resources does not offer abortion services or abortion referrals.

What is Abortion?

Abortion is a medical procedure that ends a viable pregnancy. If you are considering abortion, you should know what you are saying yes to.

There are two types of abortion: surgical and medical (drug-induced). 

The Abortion Pill

A medical/ drug-induced abortion

Common Names: Mifepristone, Mifeprex, RU-486, Misoprostol, Cytotec

  • The FDA approves the abortion pill for use in women up to the 70th day after their last menstrual period. (https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information)
  • What to Expect:
    • On the first visit, pills are given to cause death of the embryo. Two days later, if the abortion has not occurred, a second drug causes cramps to expel the embryo. However, there is a 1-4% failure rate, and a surgical abortion to terminate the pregnancy is needed.
    • Important WARNING: The abortion pill will not work in cases of ectopic pregnancy, which is a pregnancy outside of the uterus – usually in the fallopian tubes. An ectopic pregnancy is potentially life threatening. Unless diagnosed early, the tube can burst causing internal bleeding and, in some cases, death. At Pregnancy Resources, you may have a free ultrasound to confirm that your pregnancy is intrauterine.
    • https://www.earlyoptionpill.com/important-safety-information/#
  • Can the Abortion Pill be Reversed?
    • If you have taken the first pill and regret that decision, please call the following:

Surgical Abortion

 A surgical procedure

https://www.webmd.com/women/abortion-procedures

 Manual Vacuum Aspiration – Until about 7 weeks after last menstrual period (LMP)

This surgical abortion is done early in the pregnancy up until 7 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period. A long, thin tube is inserted into the uterus. A large syringe is attached to the tube and the embryo is suctioned out. 

Suction Curettage – About 6-14 weeks after LMP

This is the most common surgical abortion procedure.  Because the fetus is larger, the doctor must first stretch open the cervix using metal rods.  Opening the cervix may be painful, so local or general anesthesia is typically needed.  After the cervix is stretched open, the doctor inserts a hard plastic tube into the uterus, then connects this tube to a suction machine.  The suction pulls the fetus’ body apart and out of the uterus.  The doctor may also use a loop-shaped tool called a curette to scrape the fetus and fetal parts out of the uterus. (The doctor may refer to the fetus and fetal parts as the “products of conception.”)

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) – Between about 13-24 weeks after LMP

This surgical abortion is done during the second trimester of pregnancy.  At this point in pregnancy, the fetus is too large to be broken up by suction alone and will not pass through the suction tubing.  In this procedure, the cervix must be opened wider than in a first trimester abortion.  This is done by inserting numerous thin rods made of seaweed (called laminaria) a day or two before the abortion.  Once the cervix is stretched open, the doctor pulls out the fetal parts with forceps.  The fetal skull is often crushed to ease removal.  A loop-shaped tool called a curette is also used to scrape out the contents of the uterus, removing any remaining tissue.

FAQ’s About Abortion

Does Pregnancy Resources perform abortions?

Pregnancy Resources does not refer for or provide abortions.

How much does an abortion cost?
The price of an abortion can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars – based on a number of factors.

  • Beware of abortion providers who seek to collect nonrefundable fees before they offer counseling, or those who don’t give you an opportunity to ask questions and fully understand the risks involved.

Are there Medical Risks?

https://ramahinternational.org/abortion-risks-dangers/

  • Heavy Bleeding – Some bleeding after abortion is normal. However, if the cervix is torn or the uterus is punctured, there is a severe bleeding known as hemorrhaging. 1 in 100 women require surgery to stop the bleeding.
  • Infection – Infection can develop from the insertion of medical instruments into the uterus, or from fetal parts that are mistakenly left inside (known as incomplete abortion).
  • Negative Effects from Anesthesia – Complications from general anesthesia used during abortion surgery can occur.
  • Damage to the Cervix and Uterus Lining – The cervix may be cut, torn, or damaged by abortion instruments. Curettes and other abortion instruments may cause permanent scarring of the uterine lining.
  • Perforation of the Uterus – The uterus may be punctured or torn by abortion instruments.
  • DeathIn extreme cases, complications from abortion (excessive bleeding, infection, organ damage from a perforated uterus, and adverse reactions to anesthesia) may lead to death. This complication is rare.  

Is there any long term impact?

 

If you have questions about abortion, please contact us. We will listen to your concerns, share the facts about abortion, and help you explore all of your options. Pregnancy Resources does not refer for or provide abortion services.

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