Perhaps you’re thinking:
I can’t be pregnant by him
I’ll have to drop out of school
What if my parents find out?
Abortion will undo this pregnancy
The fetus is a part of my body... right?
Many women—even staff and volunteers at A Woman’s Choice—have experienced unplanned pregnancies, abortions, and trying to get through school as single moms. And that is why we want to help you, because we know what a hard decision you face.
Before you schedule an appointment for an abortion, come in and talk to us. While you’re here you can:
- Confirm you are pregnant
- Determine how far along you are
- Educate yourself on the different abortion procedures
- Investigate the alternatives to abortion
All of our services are free and confidential so you would have nothing to lose by coming to us. This is a heavy decision to be making on your own, let us be a support to you through this process. We can both give you accurate information on abortion and be a sympathetic ear to listen to the factors driving you to make this decision.
We know some choices are harder than others.
We’re here to help you.
Continue reading for more information on Abortion Procedures.
The information on our website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.
+ Medical Abortion, typically up to 8 weeks after LMP (Last Menstrual Period)
RU486, Mifepristone / Mifeprex “Abortion Pill”
How does the Abortion Pill work?
This drug terminates a pregnancy not surgically, but medically. It is designed to block the hormone progesterone which is essential in keeping the embryo alive. Most abortion providers will administer this medication to a woman who is up to 8-9 weeks pregnant. The procedure for taking the abortion pill is as follows:
- The abortion pill administered orally at the abortion clinic
- Two days later, the second drug, Misoprostol, is usually taken in the patient’s own home
- The patient returns to the clinic to ensure that the entire embryo was flushed out of the uterus
About 5-8% of women who take this drug will need a surgical procedure because the pregnancy wasn’t terminated by Mifeprex or will need the surgical procedure to stop bleeding.
How developed would my baby be at this stage?
Many women are surprised to find out that early on in their pregnancy their baby already has a his or her own set of DNA, a beating heart, arms, legs, lower and upper jaws, and eyelid folds. Some women who took RU486 have reported that they saw their baby once it has been expelled from the uterus. Many said they were traumatized.
What women have said after their chemical abortions
“I could see the curled-up fetus...Its hands were curled into tiny fists.”
“It had two dark spot-like eyes and a little skeleton not quite formed...I think about this often...I feel quite empty.”
“I would not recommend this to anyone. It was the most painful and traumatic experience I have ever had to go through. I was violently sick and this awful experience still lives with me today.”
Eleven Weeks from Conception
+ Manual Vacuum Aspiration, commonly between 7-15 weeks after LMP
A long instrument called a cannula is inserted into a woman’s cervical opening. This instrument is attached to a suction machine that is then turned on and the baby is suctioned out into a container. On later first trimester abortions, the abortionist would examine the suctioned tissue for parts to ensure the entire fetus was removed, and not just a portion of it.
+ Suction Curettage, commonly up to 14 weeks after LMP
Since the baby is larger, the doctor may have to use an instrument to keep the cervix open. Once there is an opening, the fetus is suctioned out. The abortionist will then introduce a long loop shaped curette into the uterus to scrape away any of the fetus’ remaining body parts.
+ Dilation and Evacuation (D&E), 12-24 weeks after LMP
Twenty Weeks from Conception
Sixteen Weeks from Conception
There are two steps to this procedure:
- Enlargement of the cervical opening (commonly by inserting laminaria, which is dried seaweed) and
- Reducing the size of the fetus so that he or she will fit through the cervical opening.
The way in which many abortionists reduce the size of the fetus is by inserting forceps into the women’s uterus and tearing the baby apart piece by piece. That way, the pieces are smaller and able to fit through the cervix. The head is the last piece to be removed and is crushed by the forceps and then removed. Again, the baby’s body parts are counted and kept track of to insure all body parts have been removed successfully. Some providers will measure the baby’s foot to confirm how many weeks old he/she was.
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Abortion in the Case of Rape
+Actions to take if raped
- Get to someplace safe immediately
- Gather all physical evidence, including your clothes, and make sure you do not wash them. Either wear them or put them in a paper bag.
- Write down all the details of the crime and store in a safe place.
- Go to a local hospital for a physical exam immediately. There you will be examined for physical injury, evidence will be retrieved from your body and clothing, and you will be tested for STD’s and pregnancy. Seeking medical attention does not mean that you will be forced to press charges.
- Go to the police station to file a police report. Filing a police report does not mean that you will have to press charges against the rapist.
- You can call the 24 hour Center for Women and Families Rape Crisis line at 502.581.7200 or 877.803.7577
- Do not change any of your clothes, take a shower, use the restroom or brush your teeth / rinse your mouth.
- Do not destroy any physical evidence surrounding the crime.
Adapted from the University of Louisville’s PEACC program. https://louisville.edu/peacc/are-you-the-victim-of-a-sexual-crime.html; accessed November 4, 2009.
+Pregnant Due to Rape?
If you have conceived as a result of the rape, the below videos are stories of women who have gone through what you have and know how you feel.
Heather Gemmen's story on CBN's "The 700 Club"
Rebecca Kiessling's Story on CBN's "The 700 Club", first aired on July 28, 2009.
For more information about Rebecca’s story, visit her website at rebeccakiessling.com