1. Abortion Procedure Risks:
Abortion clinics offer different procedures depending on the length of the pregnancy. You have the legal right to know what type of procedure will be performed upon you and what specific risks of harm are associated with the performance of this procedure.
2. Importance of Ultrasound:
A positive pregnancy test is an indicator of pregnancy. A limited obstetrical ultrasound is used to confirm whether or not your pregnancy is viable, which means it is capable of developing under normal circumstances. Studies show that between 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. Ultrasound also allows you to gain an accurate assessment of how far along you are. This information is particularly critical if you are considering an abortion because costs and procedures are based on these factors. It’s important to have the answers provided through an ultrasound exam prior to making a decision about your pregnancy. Contact Women’s Pregnancy Center at 629-2811 for more information about this free, confidential service.
3. Investigate the Qualifications of the Abortion Provider:
Make sure that the person who will perform your abortion is a licensed physician. Information on your abortion provider can be found at www.flhealthsource.com. You should be aware of any abortion doctor who has an unusual history of multiple malpractice suits. Also, make sure that the abortionist has privileges to admit you to a hospital in the event that there are any complications.
4. Maintain the Right to Say “No”:
Since abortion is an elective surgery, you can change your mind at any time right up until the abortion has begun. You have every right to say, “I’ve changed my mind,” while you are in the waiting room or on the table waiting for the procedure to begin. If you decide at the last minute that you need time to reconsider, don’t feel pressured into having an abortion just because you are already at the abortion clinic.