Abortion: Before You Decide
We are committed to helping those who are thinking about having an abortion and to considering what is in their best interests. This means helping them find solutions to the often distressing circumstances of an unplanned pregnancy. Don't just think you have no choice, that you just need to "take care of the problem as quick as possible." Slow down and think about what is best for you right now and for the future.
WE RECOMMEND you check out this list before you make a permanent decision:
• GET A BLOOD TEST OR LABORATORY QUALITY URINE TEST:
You may not be pregnant after all. We provide a laboratory quality urine test FREE OF CHARGE. Because of the conflict of interest, do not confirm your pregnancy at an abortion clinic.
• GET A LIMITED ULTRASOUND:
We provide limited ultrasounds to determine viability and the gestation age of the baby. It is important to know both of these things before you make a decision.
• DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO PERFORM AN ABORTION BEFORE YOUR 8TH WEEK OF PREGNANCY:
There is no "Guarantee of Success" before the 8th week of pregnancy because the fetus is too small to locate. The abortion can also be incomplete, leaving behind parts of the fetus, which can cause severe infection. This can lead to infertility, toxic poisoning, or even death.
• ASK FOR THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR PERFORMING THE ABORTION:
In case of injury, you need to know the name of the person to hold responsible. Protect your rights and ask!
• MAKE SURE THE ABORTION CLINIC IS A LICENSED MEDICAL CLINIC:
Abortion providers are not required by law to be licensed clinics and are not required to provide the standard medical care a woman deserves or expects. Don't be decieved by the term "Licensed Private Practice." Make sure they are a medical clinic.
• KNOW THAT AN ABORTION IS A SURGERY AND HAS PARTICULAR HEALTH AND PSYCOLOGICAL RISKS:
• Ectopic Pregnancies (the development of a fertilized egg outside the womb, for example, in a Fallopian Tube) - Studies show that the risk of an ectopic pregnancy is twice as high for women who have had an abortion and up to 4 times as high for women with 2 or more abortions.
• Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: 30% of women suffer PID following an induced abortion. This can lead to fever and infertility.
• Emotional/Psychological Trauma: 50% of post-abortive women report experiencing emotional and psychological disturbances such as depression, anger, nigthmares, eating disorders, sexual problems, relational problems, drug and alchohol abuse, preoccupation with babies and thoughts of suicide.
IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND, GET YOUR MONEY BACK, EVEN IF YOU ARE ON THE TABLE:
Abortion providers know this is an extremely distressing decision and often women change their minds at the last minute. You have a right to change your mind, and a right to have your money refunded. Don't be pressured into something you don't want to do.
UNDERSTAND YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AFTER AN ABORTION:
You may be asked to sign a statement saying the abortion clinic or doctor will not be held liable for any damages that may happen during the abortion procedure. This document has very little legal authority. If you are physically or emotionally injured, you always have the right to seek legal help.
KNOW WHAT ABORTION IS AND WHY IT'S SUCH A HARD DECISION TO MAKE:
You should not have an abortion before 7 weeks. By this time, the fetus is
well-developed. He or she has fingers and fingerprints, the heart has been beating for over a month, there is an entire nervous system, and he or she can feel pain. You are carrying a seperate individual that is in your body. You have a big decision to make. We are here to help you make a decision that won't regret in the future.
If you are considering an abortion only because of your circumstances, change your circumstances. If you're hesitating about getting an abortion, that could mean you have conflicting emotions. Don't ignore them. Take time to ask yourself why. Don't abandon your conscience and values; they are what make you a strong woman.