Abortion Safety Checklist
Before you visit an abortion clinic or provider, we strongly encourage you to ask yourself these important health and safety questions:
- Have you confirmed your pregnancy?
It’s important to be sure that you are pregnant; it is possible to receive a false indication of pregnancy. The Hope Clinic offers free, reliable pregnancy tests and other services that check the viability of your pregnancy.
- Do you understand the risks involved in an abortion procedure?
Abortion is a medical procedure and does involve the risk of physical harm. You have the legal right to be informed of the type of procedure you will receive, as well as any potential complications. Ask as many questions as you need, to make sure you understand all that is involved, physically and emotionally. You have the right to insist that your abortion can only be performed by a licensed physician. In some states, nurse practitionioners, certified nurse-midwives and physicians' assistants can perform abortions.
- Did you investigate the qualifications of your potential abortion provider?
Find out the name of the doctor who will perform your abortion procedure and all of the states they practice in. Ask if he or she is a licensed physician and a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. Ask if the doctor has appropriate privileges to admit you to a hospital in case there is an emergency. Also, many states maintain public records about past medical malpractice judgments and settlements. Call your state agency (medical licensing board) to see if the doctor has been involved in any medical malpractice suits.
- Ask how complications are handled.
Abortion providers may not provide any follow-up or emergency care, should complications arise. Ask the abortion clinic if the abortion doctor has admitting privileges to a hospital nearby should you require emergency care. You have the right to insist that if you are injured during your abortion, you are to be immediately transferred by ambulance to the nearest emergency hospital or trauma center.
- Do you understand that it’s OK to change your mind?
Abortion is your choice—meaning you can change your mind at any time. It’s OK to say, “I need more time to consider my decision,” if you are in the waiting room or even on the table prepped for your procedure. Don’t feel pressured to proceed just because you feel like you have to. It’s your body; you have the right to listen to your instincts.
- Do you understand that it's illegal for anyone to force you to have an abortion?
If anyone in your family, your boyfriend, or anyone at the abortion clinic tries to force you to go through with an abortion when you said you didn't want to, you can get FREE legal help. It doesn't matter how young or old you are, no one can force you to have an abortion against your will.
Someone might threaten you by saying:
- "If you don't have an abortion, I'll kick you out of the house."
- "If you don't have an abortion, I'm going to go to the police and tell them that you are taking drugs. They'll take your kids away."
- "You paid for it and are already on the table. You have to go through with it now."
- “You have to do this or I’m going to do something myself to get rid of it.”
If someone is forcing you to do this, call The Justice Foundation at 210-614-7157 or click here. They will give you FREE legal help no matter where you live.
Click here to find out if your doctor is licensed in Indiana. In the drop down menu...
- Profession: Click Medical Licensing Board
- License Type: Click All
- For the other boxes, add as much information as you can
- Click Search
To find out if there are past medical malpractice judgments or settlements in Indiana, click here. Scroll down to click Begin your search.
- Under Select a Board, click Medical Licensing Board. A list of physicians will appear who have had actions taken within the last 90 days. See if yours is listed.
- If you want to search for and view actions older than ninety (90) days, you will need to use the "advanced search" which is located at the bottom of the screen and fill it in with as much information as you know.
- Remember, some abortionists come from other states. When you call, ask what other states they are licensed in and check those states too.