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Information About Abortions


We know that this time in your life may feel extremely overwhelming. With so many decisions ahead, abortion may be an option that's crossed your mind.


No matter what you decide, Joshua's House A Place of Hope is here to help you. There are, however, some important details to think about before you make your final decision.


Before following through with an abortion, make sure your pregnancy is confirmed. If you recently missed your period or have started experiencing pregnancy symptoms, be aware that there are several other reasons this could have happened. Considering an abortion pre maturely will add unnecessary stress if your pregnancy has not yet been confirmed. Even you have a positive result from an at home test, getting a second confirmation is wise.


After confirming the pregnancy, it is extremely important to get an ultrasound done before receiving an abortion procedure. It should only be performed on women who have a viable (capable of living) pregnancy. We suggest getting an ultrasound first because it is the best way to find out the health of your pregnancy and is important when it comes to keeping you safe.


Additionally, abortion procedures are very different depending on the length of your pregnancy. An ultrasound will help you find out the gestational age of your pregnancy and what type of a procedure you will need. Rest assured, everything at the pregnancy center is confidential so your privacy will never be compromised.

About the Abortion Procedure

Medication Abortion, RU-486, the Abortion Pill, Medical Abortion, Chemical Abortion [1]


You've probably heard the abortion pill referred to by a variety of names. Despite the differences in terminology, the drug is the same. Emergency contraception is not the same as the abortion pill (i.e. Morning After Pill, Plan B, ella). A medical abortion is a process that involves the use of medication to terminate a pre-existing pregnancy.


You should talk to your doctor about terminating your pregnancy before having a medication abortion. You should have a physical exam to see if you're a candidate for RU-486, as well as an ultrasound to make sure you're genuinely pregnant and within the gestational dates range where RU-486 can be prescribed. Unfortunately, abortion pills have been administered to women who were not even pregnant.


The abortion pill is a three-step procedure for ending a pregnancy. [2]


To begin, you will be given a medicine that will kill your embryo or fetus, putting an end to your pregnancy.


Note: Some women change their views and decide not to move forward with the medication induced abortion at this time. Contact us and we'll put you in touch with a team of compassionate medical specialists who may be able to assist you reverse the medication's effects in some situations.


Second, another medicine will be administered to cause you to remove the embryo or fetus from your body. When women experience the side effects of this medicine, they are frequently not in their doctor's care. Nausea, weakness, fever/chills, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, and dizziness have all been reported by women in different cases.


Third, you should see your doctor seven to fourteen days after the first medicine is given to confirm that all of the contents of your uterus have been removed. In some circumstances, if there is anything left over, a surgical abortion may be necessary. Because this condition could be life-threatening disease, it is absolutely vital that you keep your follow-up appointment.

First-Trimester Aspiration Abortion (up to twelve or thirteen weeks of pregnancy) [3]


This operation may be performed without dilation or anesthetic based on how far along you are in the first trimester, but if you are farther along in your pregnancy, the abortion provider may begin by numbing the cervix with local anesthesia.


The cervix must be stretched open once it has been numbed. The dilator is inserted via the vaginal canal and into the cervix by the abortion doctor. Once a clear passage has been found, the abortion doctor will proceed by introducing larger and larger dilators into the cervix.


The abortion clinician suctions the contents of the uterus out once the cervix has been stretched wide enough. The abortion practitioner will examine the cervix and other internal organs once the embryo or fetus, as well as the pregnancy debris, has been removed.


To ensure the procedure is complete, some providers will use sharp curettage followed by final suctioning to ensure that nothing has been left over inside the uterus.


Some clinicians will utilize sharp curettage accompanied by additional suctioning to verify that nothing is left inside the uterus after the procedure is completed.

Dilation & Evacuation (D&E) Second or Third Trimester (roughly thirteen weeks of pregnancy and onward) [4]


Pre-Procedure


The abortion doctor starts by entering the cervix. The cervix must be opened wider than in a first trimester abortion at this point in the pregnancy. Dilators will be used by the abortionist to accomplish this. Dilation can take several hours or overnight for pregnancies that are early in the second trimester; dilation can take one to two days for pregnancies that are further along in the second trimester. Dilation of the cervix can be done in a variety of ways, and whatever procedure is utilized depends on a number of parameters.


D&E Procedure


After withdrawing the dilators, the abortion physician may utilize an ultrasound to identify the fetus and pregnancy debris. Suction aspiration may be sufficient to remove the pregnancy without the use of forceps if it occurs early in the second trimester. This procedure is analogous to a vacuum aspiration abortion.


Forceps are frequently required to complete the surgery after sixteen weeks of pregnancy. The abortion doctor inserts forceps into the uterus, opens them, and uses a rotating motion to pull the fetus apart and out. After the fetus and the contents of the uterus have been removed, the provider will inspect the inside of the uterus to ensure that nothing has been perforated and that the fetus and pregnancy matter have been eliminated.


Fetal Demise


The abortion provider may choose to inject the fetus with drugs if the fetus has reached the age when he or she may live independently of the mother. The medicine is injected into the amniotic sac, the fetus's heart, or the umbilical cord, depending on the substance. The needle may be guided by ultrasound while it is inserted by the abortion provider. The provider may do a D&E operation after the fetus has died to confirm that nothing is left inside the uterus.


Intact D&E


The greater the number of passes the forceps must make into the uterus, the greater the risk of injury. It is preferable to remove the fetus from the uterus intact after the cervix has been pushed open wide enough. Dilators (typically laminaria) will be inserted two days prior to the abortion. The fetus's skull is frequently too large to pass through the cervical canal and must be crushed in order to be removed. This can be done with forceps or by forming a hole in the base of the skull through which the contents can be suctioned out. If problems develop, the abortion doctor may use a sharp instrument to pierce the skull and collapse it with forceps or suction. The abortion doctor can then remove the fetus from the uterus, which is otherwise unharmed.


Often women opt for a late-term abortion because their fetus has been diagnosed with a defect. If this is the case, there is assistance, hope, and solutions available to you. Please contact us so that we can discuss all of your options with you.


You are not alone if you are considering abortion. There are a lot of alternatives to abortion that you can consider. As with any medical operation, it's critical to know what an abortion includes, as well as the potential side effects, dangers, problems, and alternatives. If you're ready to speak to someone about your circumstance, give us a call and we'll be happy to help you in confidence.

[1] Medical Abortion. Mayo Clinic Website: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/medical-abortion/about/pac-20394687. Published May 14, 2020. Retrieved December 2, 2021.


[1] Controversial Oklahoma City abortion doctor stripped of medical license. Oklahoma News 4 Website: https://kfor.com/news/controversial-oklahoma-city-abortion-doctor-stripped-of-medical-license/. Published January 14, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2021.


[2] “Clinical Trials Experience,” Danco Labratories, last modified March 2016, http://www.earlyoptionpill.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Prescribing-Info-and-MG_BW.pdf.


[3] Abortion (Termination of Pregnancy). Harvard University Website: https://www.health.harvard.edu/medical-tests-and-procedures/abortion-termination-of-pregnancy-a-to-z. Published January 2019. December 2, 2021.


[4] Dilation and curettage. Mayo Clinic Website: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/dilation-and-curettage/about/pac-20384910. Retrieved December 2, 2021. Questions and answers on late-term abortion. Charlotte Lozier Institute Website: https://lozierinstitute.org/questions-and-answers-on-late-term-abortion/. Published February 24, 2020. Retrieved December 2, 2021.

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