Abortion Information Consultation
If you are considering abortion, it is important to know what this choice could mean to your future. You don’t need to make a decision right away. Slow down and allow yourself time to think.
It is possible that an abortion clinic may not disclose correct information to clients in order to obtain their abortion fee. Carol Everett, R.N. worked in the abortion service industry in Texas. She testified in Congress that she sold abortions to women who were not pregnant but feared they were. For the best medical input on abortion we recommend you speak with a medical professional who has nothing to gain from your abortion decision. Your local pregnancy care center can provide you with that.
A Caring Place exists to provide factual information and education regarding pregnancy options in an effort to equip individuals with the knowledge needed to make an informed decision. ACP does not perform or refer for abortions. Many of our Client Advocates have chosen to terminate their pregnancies and are familiar with the known risks to abortion procedures. Be sure that you understand these risks as some providers may not inform you of all the risks regarding abortion.
First Confirm the Pregnancy
Get a blood or urine pregnancy test to confirm you are pregnant.
It could be that you are not actually pregnant. We provide laboratory quality urine tests, at no cost, as a service to women. A trained Client Advocate can provide additional information relevant to your situation. All of our services are free of charge and confidential.
Make Sure the Pregnancy is Viable
Natural miscarriage occurs in 15-20% of pregnancies. You may qualify to receive an ultrasound from our center or a referral organization in your area. An ultrasound will confirm how many weeks you are into the pregnancy, and possibly, whether or not your pregnancy is viable. One out of every 4 to 5 pregnancies ends in miscarriage; if the pregnancy is not viable you may have no need to terminate the pregnancy. The ultrasounds ACP offers are performed by a licensed sonographer and read by an M.D. radiologist. This service is provided to aid you in making an informed decision.
If I want an abortion
Get the abortion clinic's doctor's name that will be performing the abortion.
Abortion is legal in the United States, but bad medical care is not. Women have died as a result of their “safe and legal” abortions. Some women have suffered complications to the point they are unable to have children in the future. If you don’t know the doctor’s name performing your abortion, you may not find out. The abortion provider could be counting on you not holding him/her accountable should there be complications because many women shy away from letting anyone know about this choice afterwards. Ask for the doctor’s name and write it down.
Do not sign anything that releases the doctor or the abortion clinic from being responsible for complications that may occur during the abortion procedure.
Many women have said they were so caught up in the emotion of the day that they signed anything put in front of them in order to “be done and have it over with.” If the abortion clinic asks you to sign anything, take your time to read it over. If you don’t understand something, ask questions. If you don’t understand their answers, ask for clarification. Do not be in a rush because anything you sign could affect you in the future. You can always reschedule your appointment for a later date.
Understand you have rights in an abortion.
It is against the law for anyone to force you to have an abortion. Not even a husband or parent can require you to undergo an abortion against your will, even if you are a minor (under 18 years old). Your local pregnancy care center exists to help you in any circumstance. They can help you discuss this choice with those closest to you that are influencing your decision. The law in many states also requires abortion providers to give you information on: 1) possible complications, 2) fetal development, and 3) organizations that provide alternatives to abortion.