Does the baby feel pain during an abortion?

Women and men considering abortion often ask whether the baby feels pain during the abortion procedure.  The age at which a fetus begins to feel pain is debated by scientists.  Unborn babies recoil away from stimulation of the abortion procedure, which demonstrates that the nervous system is experiencing a physiological stress response.  Some states have […]
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To share or not to share: Telling others about an unplanned pregnancy

When facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is tempting to keep the news to yourself if you have not yet decided to parent, have an abortion, or make an adoption plan.  However, big decisions (especially ones involving parenting, abortion, or adoption) are rarely a good idea to make in isolation.  Big decisions benefit from feedback and […]
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What are the laws regarding abortion?

State abortion laws vary greatly.  According to the Guttmacher Institute, states differ on whether: Abortion must be performed by a licensed physician. Abortion must be performed in a hospital. A second physician must participate in the abortion. Abortion can be done after a certain time in the pregnancy. Partial-birth abortion is banned. Public funds pay […]
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What happens if my abortion fails to terminate the pregnancy?

When an abortion fails to terminate the pregnancy, it is called a failed abortion or incomplete abortion.  In some cases, the baby will keep growing.  In other cases, only parts of the pregnancy remain. According to Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, an Incomplete Abortion is “the termination of pregnancy in which the products of conception are not […]
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Which women can’t have a medical abortion?

The Mayo Clinic web site notes that medical abortion is not an option for a woman if you: Are too far along in your pregnancy. Have an intrauterine device (IUD). Have a suspected pregnancy outside of the uterus (ectopic pregnancy). Have certain medical conditions. Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medications. Can’t make follow-up […]
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