Considering Abortion

If you are here, you may be considering your options. One of them is abortion. Because abortion is a permanent decision, it's good to take a few days to think about your options and make the best choice for you.

Here are some common things women think when considering their options. Maybe you are feeling one or more:

  • "The father is really pressuring me to have an abortion."
  • "I'm not ready to be a parent."
  • "I can't tell anyone I'm pregnant."
  • "My husband can't find out."
  • "It's not his."
  • "I was forced to have sex."
  • "I have a scholarship. I'll lose it."

Our staff and volunteers understand how you feel. You are not alone!  Contact us. We'll talk about the different medical procedures and possible risks. We will take time to talk with you about your options in a private setting. All services are FREE and confidential.

 

What should I do first?

Before getting any type of abortion, you need to know for sure that you’re actually pregnant and how far along you are, otherwise you might pay for an abortion procedure and not even be pregnant. Even if you have pregnancy symptoms or have taken a home test, you should take a FREE pregnancy test at the Hope Clinic. Our tests are medical quality and more accurate than most over-the-counter varieties.

 

My Dad told me that if I don't have an abortion, I have to move out. I'm only 15. What can I do?

This is called coersion. It means that someone is forcing you to have an abortion because they are threatening you in some way if you don't have one. It could be your mom or dad or even your boyfriend. Sometimes people change their mind when they are at the abortion clinic and feel forced by the abortion doctor or staff.

There is free legal help for you even if you are under 18. You can call the Justice Foundation at 210-614-7157 to get FREE legal help wherever you are. They connect with attorneys in every state who will help you. You can visit their website here

 

What exactly is the abortion procedure I'll have?

There are several different kinds of abortions. The abortion methods available to you may be determined by how far along you are in the pregnancy.

There are risks associated with abortion. You deserve to know what abortion methods are used at different stages of pregnancy and what risks are involved in each procedure. You can find specific information about procedures by clicking below. 

The Hope Clinic can help you understand all the facts, so you can make an informed decision. Call to make an appointment today to meet with our nurse or staff who can provide information, listen to your concerns, and answer your questions. 

 

Do I need an ultrasound?

Even if you've had a positive pregnancy test, it's a good idea to have an ultrasound. This way you can be sure that your pregnancy is viable and in the uterus. Many early pregnancies end in natural miscarriage. If that's the case, an abortion isn't even necessary. Call to schedule an appointment today for a free pregnancy test and see if you might be eligible for a free ultrasound.

 

What if this isn't my first abortion?

Having more than one abortion carries increased health risks and possible fertility implications. At the Hope Clinic we can talk about your concerns and give you information so you can make a fully-informed decision about your pregnancy.

It’s never too late to try to express your feelings or talk with someone who listens and understands. Please contact the Hope Clinic to talk with our nurse or client advocates.

 

How Much does an Abortion Cost?

The price of an abortion can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand. This range is based upon a number of factors, including stage of pregnancy, type of abortion procedure, geographical region and choice of anesthesia.

Be cautious of abortion providers who seek to collect nonrefundable fees before they offer counseling, or those who don’t give you an opportunity to ask questions and fully understand the risks involved. Ask them what their medical terms mean. Often times, they will use technical words in order to keep you from knowing what will actually happen in the procedure. Ask if anesthesia for the baby is included or if it is only for you.

If you have more questions, please contact us. We will listen to you.

Make an appointment with the Hope Clinic today to learn more about abortion and your options.

 

What About After The Abortion?

So, what is after-abortion trauma?

It's the emotional impact that is sometimes experienced by both men and women after the abortion experience, due to emotional, physical and spiritual trauma. Some have after-abortion trauma because someone made them get an abortion even though they didn't want to have one. Symptoms are similar to those in any post-traumatic stress disorder and are listed below.

Emotional and Psychological Symptoms:

The uncomfortable feelings associated with an abortion may not appear all together. Nor will each woman or man possess all of them. Note these symptoms may appear immediately, as in hours, days, weeks or months ~ or may not surface for 2-20 years following the procedure.

  • Bouts of crying
  • Depression
  • Guilt 
  • Inability to forgive yourself or thinking God won't forgive you
  • Intense grief / sadness
  • Anger / rage
  • Emotional numbness
  • Sexual problems or promiscuity
  • Eating disorders
  • Lowered self esteem
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Nightmares and sleep disturbances
  • Suicidal urges
  • Difficulty with relationships
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Flashbacks
  • Multiple abortions
  • Pattern of repeat crisis pregnancy
  • Discomfort around babies or pregnant women
  • Fear / ambivalence of pregnancy

 

If  you chose to have an abortion and suffer any of these symptoms or if someone made you have an abortion when you didn't want one, click here for help.

Local Help is Available too.

If you've had an abortion and are showing any of the signs listed above, contact us. It's also a good idea to talk with your doctor. We can get you together with a local woman who's experienced an abortion who will guide you through the healing process.

 

Is The Morning After Pill an Abortion?

Plan B One-Step®

  1. What is Plan B One-Step?
    Plan B One-Step, sometimes called the morning-after pill is a form of emergency contraceptive. This means it is a type of birth control used after unprotected intercourse or suspected contraceptive failure (e.g. a broken condom) to prevent pregnancy.
     
  2. Is Plan B One-Step Effective?
    One study conducted by Plan B One-Step found that 84% of expected pregnancies were prevented. The makers of the drug claim that 7 out of 8 women who would have gotten pregnant, did not. These figures are based on estimates of when ovulation might have occurred. The drug is less effective for women who weigh 165 pounds and likely won't work at all for women over 176 pounds.
     
  3. How is Plan B One-Step Administered?
    Plan B® One-Step is administered in one tablet and must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
     
  4. Should I take Plan B One-Step?
    Many times women panic after having unprotected sex and rush to take the morning-after pill. However, you can only become pregnant on certain days of the month — around the time that you ovulate. Taking the morning-after pill during a time when you cannot become pregnant or if you exceed the weight limits needlessly exposes you to large doses of hormones. If you are already pregnant from an earlier sexual encounter, taking the morning-after pill is of no value and may cause harm. To find out if you are pregnant, contact us, and we’ll connect you with our caring, qualified nurse.
     
  5. Can Plan B One-Step cause an abortion?
    That depends upon how you define “life.”  Some believe that pregnancy does not begin until a fertilized egg implants in the womb. However, the scientific reality is that at conception, many defining features are determined such as gender, eye color, and hair color and growth begins. This is why many believe that conception is the starting point of a new human life. Taking Plan B® after the sperm has fertilized the egg may prevent this new life from settling into the womb (implantation) and continuing to grow, which is why many consider it an early abortion.
     
  6. Does Plan B One-Step have side effects and risks?
    Like any medication, the incidence of risks and side effects is variable. Plan B One-Step® is associated with the following side effects: nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, heavier menstrual bleeding and dizziness.

 

Note: We offer peer coaching and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services or the morning-after pill. The information presented on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.

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ella®

  1. What is ella®?
    ella is a form of emergency contraception. This means it is a type of birth control used after unprotected intercourse or suspected contraceptive failure (e.g. a broken condom) to prevent pregnancy. It cannot be purchased over-the-counter and is only available by prescription in the United States. ella is not intended for routine use as a contraceptive. It is only to be used for a single episode of unprotected intercourse.
     
  2. Is ella Effective?
    If ella is taken as directed, it will reduce the chance of pregnancy, but it is not effective in every case. In the two studies mentioned in the package insert, ella reduced the number of expected pregnancies from about 5.5% to an observed number of about 2%. It is important to realize that this number is an estimate based on the number of pregnancies per 100 women at risk for pregnancy as calculated based upon the timing of intercourse with regard to each woman’s menstrual cycle. The drug is less effective for women who weigh 165 lbs. and for women over 176 pounds, it likely won’t work for them at all.
     
  3. How is ella Administered?
    ella is taken orally as one tablet as soon as possible within 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected intercourse or a known or suspected contraceptive failure. The ella tablet is a white to off-white, round, curved tablet containing 30 mg of ulipristal acetate and is marked “ella” on both sides.
     
  4. Should I take ella?
    Many times women panic after having unprotected sex and rush to take emergency contraception, such as ella. However, you can only become pregnant on certain days of the month — around the time that you ovulate. Taking ella during a time when you cannot become pregnant or if exceed the listed weight limits needlessly exposes you to a new drug that has not been fully tested (see “What is unknown about ella” below). It is possible that you are already pregnant from an earlier episode of sex. ella should not be used if you are or may be pregnant, if you are breast-feeding, for regular contraceptive use, or more than once during one menstrual cycle.According to the manufacturers, pregnancy should be excluded before prescribing ella. If pregnancy cannot be excluded on the basis of history and/or physical examination, pregnancy testing should be performed. To find out if you are pregnant, contact us, and we’ll connect you with our caring nurse.
     
  5. Can ella really cause an abortion?
    ella may act to reduce a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant by preventing or postponing ovulation. It may also change the lining of the uterus so that the embryo cannot implant in the uterus. The manufacturers of ella claim that the drug will not cause an abortion when it is taken correctly. This is based upon the assumption that life begins when the fertilized egg implants into the uterine wall.

    However, the scientific reality is that life begins at conception when the egg is fertilized. When the sperm penetrates the egg (fertilization), the sex, hair, eye color, height, etc. have all been determined and a new life has begun. It is important to know that ella is a chemical cousin to the abortion pill Mifeprex, which is also called RU-486. ella and Mifeprex both work by blocking progesterone, which is a hormone needed for the establishment and maintenance of a pregnancy. When progesterone is blocked, the embryo is prevented from attaching to the uterus. If the embryo is already attached to the uterus, then the connection to the womb is dissolved and the embryo detaches and dies. This is clearly an abortion. Only limited studies were done with women who were early in pregnancy.

    However, based upon how this drug worked in animals that were tested, it is reasonable to expect that ella would also have an abortive effect on early pregnancies in humans.
     
  6. Does ella have side effects and risks?
    The most common adverse reactions of ella include headache, nausea, stomach (abdominal) pain, menstrual cramps, fatigue, and dizziness. Women who experience abdominal pain three to five weeks after using ella should be evaluated right away for an ectopic pregnancy by a physician. An ectopic pregnancy (when an embryo implants somewhere other than the uterus) can be life-threatening. After a woman takes ella, her period may occur earlier or later than expected by a few days.
     

What is unknown about ella?

Much is unknown about the drug, including the following:

  • its effects on women under 18 years of age 
  • its effects on women over age 35 
  • its effects on women taking other forms of hormonal contraception 
  • its effects on pregnant women 
  • its effects on women who are breast-feeding 
  • its effects after repeated use within the same menstrual cycle 
  • its effects on women who have not started their period 

Remember, your body and health are important, so take time to make the best decision. Please contact us to get more information.

 

Note: We offer peer coaching and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services or the morning-after pill. The information presented on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.

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