If a woman is considering an abortion as an alternative to being a single parent or placing the child with an adoptive family, she may or may not be fully prepared to carry out the decision without advising from an unbiased health care provider. Women considering abortion need to locate an abortion clinic to learn more about the kind of process that is appropriate for her pregnancy. Although she may be aware of the social stigmas and consequence of being pregnant or having an abortion, it's also important to discuss the consequences of an abortion with a health care professional. Abortion counseling is often the first stage of the abortion process and shouldn't be discounted as one of the most important factors in decision making. Therefore, finding a supportive abortion clinic that will help a woman prepare to cope with her decision is just as important as finding any other trustworthy health care provider.
Some hospitals provide abortion services, but there are about 2,000 abortion clinics, according to the National Abortion Federation, such as Planned Parenthood, that offer clinical and medical abortions.
Depending on how far along a woman's pregnancy is, she may or may not need to have an in-clinic abortion. Those who do not have to be in the clinic have what are called medical abortions. For these, a woman takes an abortion pill that will expel the fetus. These abortions, which are usually advised for women still early on in their first trimester, will require a consultation and check-up but are generally done at home. In-clinic abortions require some kind of clinical procedure and will cost between $300 and $950 at places like Planned Parenthood. For women who are about four months pregnant at the time of their abortion, a procedure called aspiration is used to terminate the pregnancy. Women who have been pregnant for longer than four months will have the fetus removed via dilation and evacuation. Recovery times depend on the abortion type and whether a woman was sedated during the procedure.
Clinics should provide adequate care and consultation to its abortion patients as well as the resources to point a woman toward the road to emotional and physical recovery after an abortion is over. Finding the cheapest, most discreet clinic is not in a woman's best interest. Quality physicians and clinics are incredibly important factors to consider. This may not be the best time in your life and the entire experience can seem overwhelming, but doing your abortion correctly will make a difference in the long run.
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Broken and Blaming
November 17, 2013, 11:04 am
I got pregnant out of wedlock in 1990. I was forced by my parents to make a choice, have an abortion, or give up my daughter at birth. If I didn't I would be disowned by them. I had no other family to turn to and my grandmother told me that I was stressing out my parents and that she would never...
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