Abortion: The Costs and Dangers
If a baby was not in your plans right now, you and others close to you may consider abortion as the best way out of your unplanned pregnancy. Your feelings are valid; this is a big decision! But give yourself time to truly consider what the best choice is for you.
You have three (3) choices to consider: abortion, adoption or parenting. Perhaps you are thinking that you can’t tell anyone you’re pregnant, that you are not ready to be a parent, or that the father prefers you have an abortion. You need to have answers to the following questions:
Are you really pregnant?
Is your pregnancy normal?
Or are you at risk for natural miscarriage?
Or do you have a tubal pregnancy requiring immediate medical attention?
Before considering the various abortion procedures, it is recommended that you obtain an ultrasound to determine if your pregnancy is even viable (in the uterus with a fetal heartbeat).
If you’re thinking about finding an abortion clinic, it is important to remember that abortion is a medical procedure. What type will you have? What are the risks? You deserve to know the facts. You owe it to yourself to make an informed decision.
The type of abortion procedure available to you is determined by how far along your pregnancy has developed. During the first trimester, you will have the option of having either a “medical” or “surgical” abortion procedure. But, as your pregnancy progresses, methods and procedures change. You may also be interested in knowing:
What kinds of abortion are available to you?
What are your rights with abortion providers?
Are there any short-term or long-term risks to consider?
Be informed! Whether you choose “Abortion” or “Continuing Your Pregnancy” (adoption or parenting), ALL of these choices will bring a different outcome which will result in a changed you.
We can help you understand your choices and your pregnancy, and explain your abortion options. You don’t have to feel rushed. This decision does not need to be made immediately. Give yourself time to ponder...
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. If you have more questions, please contact us.
NOTE: The WCC offers peer consulting and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, the WCC does not offer abortion services or provide referrals for abortion.
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. We provide free, reliable pregnancy tests.
Do you understand the risks involved in an abortion procedure? Abortion is a medical procedure and does involve the risk of physical harm. There is emotional trauma for many women that lasts far beyond the abortion. 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.
Did you investigate the qualifications of your potential abortion provider? Find out the name of the doctor who will perform your abortion procedure, and confirm that he or she is a licensed physician and a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. Call and ask if the doctor has appropriate privileges to admit you to a hospital in the event that 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 in case complications arise. Ask the abortion clinic if the abortion doctor has admitting privileges to a hospital nearby should you require emergency care.
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.
When facing an unplanned or medically challenged pregnancy you may feel there is no alternative. The pressure of your circumstances may seem overwhelming. There is often a lack of support during this time of distress. Women, men and families can feel very alone and do not always know where to turn for help.
We care, and we are here to help you. Remember . . . your choice affects everything!