If you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy, it’s common to feel overwhelmed, confused, scared, and like you need to make a decision about what to do right away.
Some women immediately know they want to parent, even if the timing of the pregnancy was unexpected and not planned.
Some women are not ready to parent, but are uncomfortable with the thought of having an abortion. So, they choose to place for adoption.
Still others have no idea what they will do. Maybe this is you. If so, the most important thing for you to remember is that you have options. Many women feel pressured to abort without having time to adequately consider their other options. Often, those same women end up regretting their abortions. Don’t give into the pressure to decide right now. You have time, especially since this is a decision that will impact the rest of your life.
What is Abortion?
Abortion is a serious medical procedure and you deserve to know about all the risks and side effects associated with it. You also deserve to really know what abortion is.
Although abortion is talked about a lot in the news and politics, many people don’t actually understand what it is. It’s important for YOU to know the truth if you’re considering it as an option for your unexpected pregnancy.
A medication abortion is commonly referred to as “the abortion pill.” It’s actually a series of two pills taken to end the pregnancy and then induce labor. It is used to end a pregnancy during the first nine weeks.
The first pill blocks your body’s production of progesterone which causes fetal demise. This can take anywhere from 24-48 hours. Without progesterone, the fetus stops growing, forcing your body to miscarry.
The second pill causes your uterus to contract so your body can expel the fetus. The process is often painful, and you may experience mild to extreme cramping, bleeding, blood clots, nausea, vomiting, and infection.
An abortion after nine weeks is more invasive and requires surgery. The exact type of surgery required is determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy.
Abortion is legal, but is also one of the most serious decisions you’ll make in your whole life. It’s important to understand what abortion is, what abortion does, and how it could impact your life moving forward.
Aspiration abortions can be performed for pregnancies up to 14-15 weeks.
First, you’ll receive an injection that causes fetal demise. Then, you’ll be given a medication for the pain.
Your cervix will then be widened with dilators and a tube will be inserted through your cervix into the uterus. A suction device on the other end will vacuum out the fetus and the abortion will be over. You will probably experience cramping during this portion of the abortion procedure.
To better understand the aspiration abortion procedure, you may want to view the following short video. You will not see an actual abortion. However, the computer graphic depictions of the procedure can be disturbing.
Dilation & Evacuation Abortion (D&E)
A D&E abortion procedure is necessary for abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
You’ll also receive an injection for this procedure that causes fetal demise. A medication will be given to you for pain during the next part of the procedure.
After dilating your cervix, the doctor will insert a tube to suction out the pregnancy. After this, the doctor will also need to use another tool called a curette to scrape the inside of the uterus, making sure all the fetal parts have been removed. Then the fetal parts must be re-assembled in a medical tray to ensure the uterus is empty.
To better understand the induction abortion procedure, you may want to view the following short video. You will not see an actual abortion. However, the computer graphic depictions of the procedure can be disturbing.
Third Trimester Abortion
While rare, abortions are performed in the third trimester. These involve a legal injection and require a woman to go through the same labor and delivery she would go through to birth a living baby. It is painful and can be emotionally and physically damaging and scarring.
You Deserve the Facts About Abortion
We’ve described the abortion procedures in some detail here because you deserve to know the truth about abortion. You also deserve to know the truth about fetal development as you consider abortion.
Abortion is legal in the United States, but it is not without cost. There are many side effects – emotional and physical – that you deserve to know about as well.
Abortion Side Effects – Emotional
The statistics about mental and emotional side effects of abortion are staggering. Many people won’t tell you about the possible emotional toll an abortion can take on you, but it’s important to know before making a decision.
Women who have abortions typically experience any number of the following emotions:
They can often also struggle to bond with future children and emotionally connect to partners or a spouse.
Additionally, women who have an abortion …
- Have an 81% increased risk for mental problems
- Are 34% more likely to develop an anxiety disorder
- Are 37% more likely to experience depression
- Are 110% more likely to abuse alcohol
- Are 155% more likely to commit suicide
This is because abortion disrupts what is naturally occurring in your body and leaves a void many women don’t realize they’ll experience.
Abortion Side Effects – Physical
After an abortion, you may experience the following short-term side effects:
- Cramping and abdominal pain
- Fatigue and dizziness
Many women don’t fully realize there are also long-term physical side effects commonly experienced after an abortion, including:
- Heavy or persistent bleeding
- Sepsis and infection
- Damage to the uterine lining
- Damage to the cervix
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to other organs
- Inability to have children
- Breast cancer
We don’t tell you these things to discourage or make you afraid, but to make sure you understand the truth. Abortion is not like getting your wisdom teeth removed; it is a far more serious procedure with long-lasting emotional and physical consequences.
We want you to know we are here for you. We understand the difficult decision you face and believe you deserve to be fully informed before making a decision that will alter the course of your life. Popular culture presents abortion as a quick fix with no consequences, but that is a lie. The truth is…you deserve better than lies.
If you have questions, need a compassionate listening ear or want to learn more about your other options, please contact us today. We’re here for you…want the best for you…and believe in you.
Please exercise your right to choose wisely. Learn all you can about your four choices and let us know if you have questions!
NextRightChoice does not perform or refer for abortion.