An unintended pregnancy is a scary prospect and can cause you to consider abortion as an option. Before you decide to have an abortion, it is vital that you have all of the relevant information.
Abortion is a process by which one looks to terminate a pregnancy. There are two primary methods of abortion: surgical and chemical. The surgical procedure is performed in a facility, while the chemical one, more commonly referred to as the RU486 (abortion pill), may or may not partially begin in a facility and then is completed as a miscarriage in an out-patient setting. The technique used is dependent upon how far along a pregnancy is; this is one of the reasons having an ultrasound to confirm actual pregnancy is essential.
A surgical procedure can terminate a pregnancy in the first, second or third trimester up to 9 months in some cases, while the chemical procedure is an option within the first few weeks of pregnancy. Each procedure comes with its own set of associated risks, which is why it is crucial to do your own research of the facts before pursuing either type of procedure.
Below, we have included some frequently asked questions from women in your position and answers that can ultimately help you reach the best decision for you.
Considering this option? Your health and safety are important.
Q: What are the health risks of having an abortion?
Risks of a surgical procedure may include bleeding, infection, infertility, and complications with future pregnancies (i.e., incompetent cervix). There may be other risks for you including spiritual and emotional difficulties. It is best to seek medical advice outside of the abortion industry whose answers are more geared toward selling you their service before proceeding with any abortion procedure.
Q: Will having an abortion increase my chances of getting breast cancer?
A 1994 study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found: “Among women who had been pregnant at least once, the risk of breast cancer in those who had experienced an induced abortion was 50% higher than among other women.” There have been many studies that show a direct and indirect correlation to breast cancer in women.
Q: If I have an abortion, will my baby feel pain?
The answer to this question will depend on the stage of fetal development.
At about eight weeks a fetus can feel pain. It is at this point in development that the following pain sensors are in place: sensory nerves which detect pain, the thalamus (the part of the brain that receives pain messages from sensory nerves), and motor nerves which are directed by the mind to pull away from the cause of pain, such as tools used in an abortion procedure.
Also, by 13 1/2 to 14 weeks, the entire body surface, except for the back and the top of the head, are sensitive to pain.
Q: How much do abortions cost?
Abortion procedures vary based upon how far along the pregnancy is and thus, the pricing for each procedure varies as well. Up to 6 weeks’ gestation could cost $600.00 to $650.00. From there it increases by each week up to $3,000.00 at 23 weeks and 6 days. There are additional costs based on the type of sedation, any labs and ultrasounds that may be needed.
Before you go to an abortion clinic, you should know exactly how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable. You should also know whether or not you are experiencing an ectopic or early miscarriage which would require you to go the hospital or Emergency Room rather than an abortion clinic.
Q: Where can I get help if I am being pressured to have an abortion?
Statistic show that 64% of all abortion decisions have been made through a form of coercion. You may not even realize that you are experiencing coercion to push you toward a decision to abort. If you are feeling pressured in any way to have an abortion whether it is the father of the baby, parents, or work, contact us and we can help you sort it out.
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