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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 for the abortion.
  • Private insurance covers abortion.
  • Providers have a say in their abortion practice options.
  • Counseling prior to the abortion should include information on the Breast Cancer link, pain the baby might feel, and negative psychological effects of abortion.
  • A waiting period must happen after counseling and before the abortion.
  • Parental involvement is required for minors.

 

The abortion debate is a big one.  It’s easy to see that we can’t agree as a nation as to what is safe or right to do.  This leaves the patient needing to be an advocate for herself.  Depending on your state’s laws, consider your own feelings on who is providing abortion, how you feel about fetal pain, and what risks are non-negotiable.  If you would like a brochure on what questions to ask an abortion provider before the procedure, text us: 443-333-8856.  Our services are free of charge, and we can provide a free pregnancy test and possibly an ultrasound to verify if your pregnancy is viable.

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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 entirely expelled or removed. It often causes hemorrhage that may require surgical evacuation by curettage, oxytocics, and blood replacement. Infection is also a frequent complication of incomplete abortion.”

If you have concerns about this or other risks of the abortion pill or surgical abortion, call or text us: 443-333-8856.

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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 visits to your doctor or don’t have access to emergency care.
  • Have an allergy to the medications used.

If you are seeking a medical abortion and have any of the criteria above, you may not be eligible for a medical abortion.  If you have concerns about the abortion procedure or what these criteria mean, text us: 443-333-8856.

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