Information on Abortion

Are you thinking about getting an abortion? Women who face unexpected pregnancies often view abortion as a quick way out of an uncomfortable situation. However, you must understand that abortion is a decision that will impact you for the rest of your life. Before making a final decision, you should learn about all your pregnancy options. Then you can decide which one is best for you.

When considering an abortion, your health and safety are important.  Remember, abortion is a medical procedure. Richland Pregnancy Center provides a place where you can get answers to your questions and acquire medically accurate education that will enable you to make an informed choice.

Abortion Types

The two main types of abortion are medication (a pill) and surgical. The type of procedure that is an option for you depends on how long you have been pregnant. You can determine the length your pregnancy has developed by getting an ultrasound.

Medication Abortion

A medication abortion, which is also known as the abortion pill, is effective if taken within the first 10 weeks of becoming pregnant. This type of abortion works by ending the flow of progesterone to the pregnancy site, which induces labor and causes the fetus to leave the body through the vagina. A medication abortion results in heavy bleeding, painful cramping, and severe discomfort.

Surgical Abortion

Once your pregnancy has progressed beyond 10 weeks, a medication abortion is no longer a viable option and you will be left only with the surgical option. A surgical abortion involves the use of tools and local anesthesia to open the cervix and remove the fetus by use of forceps or suction. After this procedure, a woman can expect to deal with cramping, bleeding, fever, and discomfort.

More about Abortion

If you are considering an abortion, you should find the answers to a few crucial questions:

  • Are you really pregnant?
  • What are the risks?
  • How far along are you?
  • Are you at risk for a natural miscarriage?
  • Do you have a tubal pregnancy?

After confirming the viability of your pregnancy by taking a pregnancy test and having an ultrasound, you need to fully consider your options and their consequences. Make sure that you understand the impact of your possible choices, so you can ultimately make a choice that you can live with. Contact us if you have questions or would just like to talk to someone.

Richland Pregnancy Center does not provide or make referrals for abortion or emergency contraception. Richland Pregnancy Center also does not provide information on how or where to obtain an abortion or emergency contraception. What we do provide is education to all clients that consists of accurate information about pregnancy options.

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