If you are considering an abortion, we want to help you better understand this choice and how it could affect your future. You do have the choice not to have an abortion. Many women who work at our center have chosen abortion in the past. They can help you avoid being hurt physically and emotionally by offering solutions. You don't need to make this decision right away. There is no rush! Allow yourself the time to slow down and think clearly about your decision. Don't let anyone tell you that you have to have an abortion. We exist to offer you choices. There are risks to most abortion procedures. Because of these dangers we do not recommend or refer for abortion.
Here are some things to consider before you make this decision:
Know the possible risks in an abortion.
Based on thousands of testimonials from women who have had abortions, we know that abortion has physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological risks.
Get a blood or urine pregnancy test to confirm you are really pregnant.
It could be that you are not actually pregnant. We provide a laboratory quality urine test free of charge. A trained pregnancy center advocate can provide additional information free and confidential in relation to your situation.
Confirm your pregnancy with a doctor who doesn't do abortions.
It is possible that you may have received incorrect information in regards to your pregnancy results in order for the provider to obtain abortion fees. Carol Everett is a woman who 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 that has nothing to gain in your abortion decision.
Get a free ultrasound.
If you are undecided about your decision, you may receive an ultrasound through our Center at no cost from one of our referral physicians. This procedure can tell you how many weeks you are into the pregnancy and may help you in making this important decision.
Ask for the doctor's name that is performing the abortion.
If you don't know the doctor's name that is doing your abortion, you may not find out. The abortion doctor could be counting on you not holding him accountable for any hurt you received as a result of his/her care. Many women are afraid to let anyone know about their choosing an abortion and will not discuss any harmful results afterwards. Although abortion is legal in the United States, bad medical care is not. You deserve to know the many risks and potential results you may face after an abortion. We will explain and give you helpful information relevant to this decision.
Don't sign anything that releases the doctor or the abortion clinic from being responsible for hurting you during your abortion.
Many women have said that they were so upset by the emotion of the day that they signed anything put in front of them in order to "get out and have it done with." Take time to read everything! If you don't understand something, ask questions. If you don't understand their answers, ask again! Again, don't be in a rush! Anything you sign could result in serious consequences.
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). Our center exists to help you in any circumstance. We can help you discuss this choice with those closest to you that are influencing your decision. The law requires in some states that abortion providers give you information on: 1) possible complications, 2) the development of the baby, and 3) organizations that provide alternatives to abortion.
Verify that the abortion clinic is clean and sanitary.
Infections can result from unsanitary conditions. Many women have reported an unclean and even smelly environment in the general area of the clinic where they had their abortions. If you find yourself in a clinic, question their sanitizing procedures and view the condition of each room. If they don't provide sufficient information to determine these conditions, give yourself permission to leave and demand a refund of your money.
Understand you can change your mind - even at the last minute.
Many women who have experienced abortion say they felt pressured to go through with the procedure once they had entered the clinic. Others say that they waited on the abortion table in hopes of being "rescued" by their boyfriend or spouse at the last minute. Some clinics have told women they couldn't get their money back if they changed their mind. Know your rights. Don't be pressured or intimidated. If the procedure is not performed, demand your money back.
Understand that it's not a "blob of tissue".
Some abortion clinics tell women that their babies are not human at all but simply a "blob of tissue" or a "dot". For many it is easier to have an abortion if you believe your child isn't yet human. Ultrasound photos show early stages of pregnancy and the humanness of the embryo is clearly evident. Unfortunately, some women see these photos after their abortion and are overwhelmed and grieved because the information they may or may not have received at the abortion clinic was misleading. An ultrasound will reveal true development of your child and we encourage you to learn more about what a preborn child really looks like.
Know you are not alone.
We exist to help you at any level of your pregnancy. There is no obstacle too big that can't be overcome with friendship and support. Women who feel like they have no other choices have a clearer understanding and peace of mind once they visit our center and understand our support services.