Abortion Education

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

STDs/STIs – Unintended Consequences of Sex

Pregnancy may not be the only result of sex. STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are often times the result of sexual activity. Some STDs and STIs are curable, others are not. There can be lifelong consequences.

HIV – over 1.2 million individuals are living with HIV infection, 14% of those infected do not know they are infected and can unknowingly pass the virus to others. 25% of new HIV infections are among youth aged 13-24. If left untreated, HIV usually progresses to AIDS, which is incurable and can be fatal.

HPV – Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US. There are many different types of HPV, some of which cause genital warts and cancer. Often carriers of HPV are unaware (symptom-free) and pass the infection to any and all sexual partners. It is the most common cause of cervical cancer.

Chlamydia – is a common sexually transmitted disease, which can be easily cured. If left untreated, it can make it difficult for women to become pregnant. Because the cervix in teenagers and young women is not fully formed, they are at greater risk for infection.

Gonorrhea – is a common sexually transmitted disease which can cause infections in the genitals, throat and rectum and can cause serious, long term health problems. Most women have NO symptoms. Gonorrhea can be passed from pregnant mother to her baby.

Being sexually active is a very important decision. Be informed, respect yourself and others.

Sources

AIDS.gov
CDC.gov – HPV Infection – Fact Sheet
CDC.gov – Chlamydia – CDC Fact Sheet
CDC.gov – Gonorrhea – CDC Fact Sheet

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