Abortion Education

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It is imperative that you understand the effects of abortifacient (abortion inducing) drugs and surgical abortions. Our staff is available to explain how the drugs and surgery work and the possible effects on your health. Before you make a final decision, educate yourself and allow us to assist you every step of the way.

Chemical Abortions

  • Morning After Pills-Plan B/Ella – Emergency, large dose contraceptives (designed to prevent ovulation, fertilization or implantation of an egg) are most effective if taken within 72 hours after intercourse. Are not effective if implantation has occurred. Offer no protection from HIV or STDs/STIs. Side effects may include nausea, fatigue, abdominal pain, headache. Not recommended for routine contraceptive use.
  • RU 486 (Mifepristone and Misoprostol)/Abortion Pill-used 4-7 weeks following LMP(last menstrual period). An abortion results by interrupting progesterone which keeps the fetus implanted in the uterus. 2 days after 1st pill, the 2nd pill is administered to expel the fetus. A 3rd appointment determines if the fetus has been expelled. If not, a surgical abortion is required. Side effects may include: heavy bleeding, cramping, diarrhea, headache, nausea and vomiting. RU 486 will not work in the case of an ectopic (fallopian tube) pregnancy, a potentially life-threatening condition. If not determined early in the pregnancy, the tube may burst, causing internal bleeding and potentially death.

Surgical Abortions

  • Manual Vacuum Aspiration – within 7 wks of LMP. The cervix is dilated and then a long,thin tube is inserted into the uterus. A large syringe is connected to the tube and the fetus is suctioned out.
  • Suction Cutterage – 7-14 weeks from LMP. Most common abortion procedure. Because the baby is larger, the cervix is dilated using metal rods, usually requiring anesthesia. Next,tubing is inserted into the uterus and the baby is vacuumed out. A looped shaped knife, acurette, is inserted into the uterus to scrape any remaining fetal parts from the uterus. Body parts are accounted for to ensure the entire child was removed.
  • Late term abortions – Saline (after 15 wks), D & E/Dilation and Evacuation-(13-24 wks), D & X/Dilation and Extraction-from 20 wks, also called Partial Birth Abortion. Due to size of the baby, these procedures are more complicated, take longer to complete, mayentail more side effects, and are more expensive. In 46 states, abortions after 20 weeks are not legal.

An abortion is NOT a simple procedure. There can be numerous side effects including subsequent premature births, and spiritual, emotional and psychological consequences. It is essential that you make an informed decision. Allow our staff to assist you in this process, as we have for countless others.

Although we provide counseling and full, accurate information regarding all pregnancy options, we do not offer, nor do we refer for abortions.

Sources
  • Kaiser Family Foundation, “Issue Update: Mifepristone: An Early Abortion Option,” July 2001
  • Danco Laboratories, LLC, “Mifeprex® Medication Guide,” revised 7/19/05
  • ec.princeton.edu/ella-vs-levo.html
  • Birth Mothers