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Abortion Information

Why Pre-Abortion Options Counseling?

  • 64% of women having abortions said they felt pressured to abort.

  • 84% said they were not fully informed.

  • 52% felt rushed and 54% uncertain before the abortion.

  • 67% received no counseling before the abortion procedure.

  • 79% were not informed about abortion alternatives.

  • Risk of death for women is 62% higher after abortion.

  • 31% suffer health complications after an abortion.

  • Teens are 6 times more likely to commit suicide if they've had an abortion in the last 6 months.

  • Clinical depression risk is 65% higher after abortion.

  • Suicide rates are 6 times higher after abortion.
Source: Aborton is the Un-Choice, "What every American needs to know," www.theunchoice.com/whateveryamerican.htm

Terminating a Pregnancy

Why do people end pregnancies?

Abortions are usually performed between six and twelve weeks of pregnancy. Abortions are also performed routinely up to sixteen weeks and then less often into the later months of pregnancy. Women obtain abortions for a number of reasons, usually having to do with relationship and interpersonal issues, but other concerns like health of the mother, health of the fetus, or finances may factor into the decision.

Where are abortions performed?

Abortions may be performed at a hospital, doctor's office, or women's health center, but most take place at abortion clinics — facilities which specialize in surgical abortion. Most states require that the abortion be performed by a licensed physician, but some do not. In these cases the procedure may be done by a nurse or other clinician. Read our abortion health and safety checklist before choosing an abortion provider.

How are pregnancies terminated?

An abortion may be performed either surgically or medically, via several different techniques. Surgically implies the use of surgical instruments to remove the unborn child or injections to kill the fetus while still in the uterus. Medically implies the administration of drugs to the pregnant woman to end the pregnancy. In both of these cases it is the death and removal of the fetus, or unborn child, from the womb that causes the pregnancy to end. Abortion, like any surgical procedure, carries a number of health risks which are increasingly more serious with the advancement of the pregnancy.

Who can I talk to about abortion?

If you are considering abortion, you are encouraged to think about all facets of your decision so that you make an informed choice. You need to make a decision you can live with. The more you can learn about abortion and alternatives to abortion, the less likely it is that you will make a decision that you will later regret. Contact the HOPE Center. A caring counselor can help you explore all your options. Contact a counselor now.

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