Abortion health and safety checklist
1. Make sure you are really pregnant.
A positive urine test does not always mean you have
a viable pregnancy that will result in a live birth.
Be sure to have a blood test followed by an ultrasound to confirm
that you have a viable intrauterine pregnancy. Ask to see the ultrasound to be sure. The doctor should be able to show you the heartbeat on the monitor.
2. Explore your choices with an agency that
will not profit financially from your decision.
Do not confirm your pregnancy at an abortion facility.
Avoid abortion providers that indicate they provide pregnancy options counseling but only
promote abortion as the better choice.
3. Be careful if the abortion clinic of your
choice is "stuffed" with clients.
It is likely that the
clinic is operating "assembly line" style. This
does not allow the physician to take the time
to know you, your specifi c situation, and your health
You should have a chance for an unhurried conversation with the doctor who will be performing the abortion before you get on the operating table.
4. Make sure the clinician takes a detailed
Many important factors can affect
the safety of the procedure for you, including past
pregnancies, blood type, family history, circulatory disorders, etc.
The clinic should screen for sexually transmitted diseases prior to the
abortion as an untreated STD can cause PID (pelvic
inflammatory disease), that can lead to infertility or worse.
5. Insist on knowing the name and credentials
of the person performing the abortion.
To protect your interests in case of injury, know your abortion
provider's name! Make sure he or she is a
licensed, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist.
6. Check to see if the abortion center is a
licensed medical clinic.
are not required by law to be licensed clinics and
therefore are not required to provide the standard of
medical care that women deserve and expect.
Several local abortion providers have
malpractice judgments pending due to substandard
care and/or patient injuries.
7. Understand that abortion is a surgical
Abortion is an unnatural medical intervention
and carries inherent risks. Avoid any provider
that does not fully explain your health risks. These risks include:
- Ectopic pregnancies
- Premature delivery of subsequent babies
- Breast cancer
- Emotional distress
8. You may demand your money back, if you
change your mind — even is you're already on the table.
If you are feeling uneasy
about your decision or the facility you have chosen,
you have the right to leave at any time, requesting
and expecting a full refund.
9. Understand your legal rights before
and after your abortion.
Some abortionists insist that patients sign a statement
saying they will not hold the clinic or the doctor liable
for damages in case of injury. However, this document
has virtually no legal authority. If you are physically
or emotionally injured by abortion, you always
retain your right to financial
compensation in a court of law, no matter what form(s)
10. Ask what you should do if you have
complications from the abortion.
may include a fever and/or excessive bleeding.
Find out whether the abortion provider has a 24-hour
hotline, hosptial privileges, and what services they will be able to offer
you in the event of an emergency.
11. Make sure to have a
comprehensive follow-up exam two weeks after the abortion.
Make sure that you get a full pelvic
examination after the procedure. Without follow-up care,
you may not know if there have been complications, such as an infection.