Are you considering abortion?

It may seem like a clear-cut decision, but there are a lot of factors to be weighed out in the deciding process. We can help equip you so that YOU can make an informed decision about your pregnancy.

Abortion clinic procedures:

Ultrasound provides you with the most accurate information about your pregnancy. This information, including how far along you are in your pregnancy, is needed to determine which abortion clinic procedure you might undergo if you choose this option. 

Pregnancy Care Center can offer you a FREE ultrasound in a safe and confidential environment where you can ask any questions you might have about your pregnancy options. We are here for YOU and receive no financial return for any choice you make. Below are some details about abortion clinic procedures depending on how far along in your pregnancy you are:

 

aspiration (suctioning)

when:

Up to 13 weeks LMP

how:

  • Cervix softened using laminaria and/or vaginal medication the night before
  • Local anesthetic injected in cervix
  • Cervix stretched open using metal dilating rods
  • Plastic tube inserted in the uterus & connected to an electric or manual vacuum device that pulls the fetus's body apart & out
  • A curette may also be used to scrape any remaining fetal parts out of the uterus
  • Removed tissue examined to verify completeness

Risks:

  • Serious physical complications are infrequent
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Incomplete abortion
  • Allergic reaction to meds
  • Organ damage  

Dilation & Evacuation (d&e)

When:

13 weeks LMP and up

how:

  • Cervix is softened using laminaria and/or vaginal medication for 2 days before procedure 
  • Local anesthetic & sedation given, or general anesthesia, if available 
  • Cervix further stretched open w/metal dilating rods 
  • Forceps used to pull fetal parts out through the cervix
  • Account for all fetal body parts: skull, spine, ribcage, four limbs
  • A curette or suction is used to remove any remaining tissue or blood clots 

risks:

  • Incomplete abortion w/retained tissue 
  • Heavy bleeding 
  • Reactions to anesthesia 
  • Infection 
  • Organ damage 
  • Risk of complication & death increases with duration of pregnancy 

D&E AFTER VIABILITY

WHEN:

24 Weeks LMP and up

HOW: 

  • Takes 2-3 days 
  • Lethal injections may be given to stop the baby's heart 
  • Cervix softened & dilated for 3 days prior using laminaria & vaginal medication 
  • General anesthesia may be used, if available, or IV sedation & local anesthetic 
  • Surgical instruments used to grasp & pull fetal parts out through the opened cervix 
  • An alternative procedure, "intact D&E," attempts to remove the fetus in one piece, reducing the risk to the mother 
  • Fetal skull usually needs to be crushed before removal 

RISKS:

  • Increased risk to the life & health of the mother
  • Highest risk of death with a rate of about 1 per 11,000
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Heavy bleeding 
  • Embolism 
  • Infection
  • Organ damage 

The abortion pill

when:

Through 70 days gestation 

How:

  • On day one: 200 mg of Mifeprex taken by mouth

  • 24-48 hours after taking Mifeprex: 800 mcg of misoprostol taken buccally (in the cheek pouch), at a location appropriate for the patient

  • Cramping expels baby

  • About 7-14 days after taking Mifeprex: follow-up with the healthcare provider to make sure the abortion is complete & to check for complications

Risks:

  • Seeing embryonic parts expelled 
  • Some fail to abort - Birth defects possible in pregnancies that continue 
  • 1% of women need a D&C to stop hemorrhaging
  • Undiagnosed  ectopic pregnancy 
  • Possible life-threatening infection 
  • Because of the risk of serious complications, Mifeprex is only available through a restricted program. This program requires abortion providers to warn patients about the risks and what to do if complications happen. Women who have taken Mifeprex should seek immediate medical care for the following:
  • Sustained fever
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Prolonged heavy bleeding 
  • Fainting 
  • General malaise including weakness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, with or without fever
 

*Pregnancy Care Center does not perform abortions nor do we offer abortion referrals.