Facing an unplanned pregnancy is hard. Fear, confusion and anger are just some of the feelings that you may be experiencing.
You have the Right to be fully informed about this important decision. You decide. You deserve to know the facts.
(Click here for medical information on Abortion.) You have options.
Should I take the Morning-After Pill?
The morning-after pill is not a simple answer to a simple question. Prior to taking this pill, ask these questions:
Understanding the way the morning-after pill works and its side effects is a step that helps you make a healthy decision for you and your body.
Should I be concerned about having an abortion?
Abortion is not just a simple medical procedure. For many women, it is a life-changing event with significant physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences. Most women who struggle with past abortions say that they wish they had been told all of the facts and the RISKS of an abortion.
What can I do about people pressuring me?
You have rights. No one can force or pressure you to have an abortion. This is your decision to make and you will be the one most affected by the consequences. If your partner, husband, or parents are pressuring you to make a quick decision, explain your needs and try to involve them in counseling to explore your positive options. You have the right to continue with this pregnancy.
Can I have a baby and still live my life?
You may see this unplanned pregnancy as a major roadblock in your life. Be encouraged to know that many women in the same situation have found the necessary help and resources to make positive choices and realize their dreams.
Consider the immediate risks of abortion
Abortion carries the risk of significant complications such as bleeding, infection, and damage to organs. Serious medical complications occur infrequently in early abortions, but increase with later abortions. There is evidence that induced abortion can be associated with significant loss of both emotional and physical health long term.
Getting complete information on the risks associated with abortion is limited due to incomplete reporting and the lack of record-keeping linking abortions to complications. The information that is available reports the following risks:
Some bleeding after abortion is normal. However, if the cervix is torn or the uterus is punctured, there is a risk of severe bleeding known as hemorrhaging. When this happens, a blood transfusion is required.
Infection can develop from the insertion of medical instruments into the uterus or from fetal parts that are mistakenly left inside (known as incomplete abortion). This may cause bleeding and/or pelvic infection requiring antibiotics, and may result in the need for surgical procedure to fully empty the uterus. Infection may cause scarring of the pelvic organs.
Complications from general anesthesia used during abortion surgery may result in convulsions, heart complications, and death, in extreme cases.
Damage to Organs
The cervix and/or uterus may be cut, torn, or punctured by abortion instruments. This may cause excessive bleeding requiring surgical repair. Curettes and other abortion instruments may cause permanent scarring of the uterine lining. The risk of these types of complications increases with the length of the pregnancy. If complications occur, major surgery may be required, including removal of the uterus (known as hysterectomy). If the uterus is punctured or torn, there is also a risk that damage may occur to nearby organs such as the bowel and bladder.
Every pregnant woman should receive blood type testing to learn if her blood type is "Rh Positive" or "Rh negative". Pregnant women who are Rh negative should receive Rhogam, an injection given to prevent the formation of antibodies which can cause serious complications with her next pregnancy. Rhogam is needed for Rh negative women who undergo abortion.
In extreme cases, complications from abortion (excessive bleeding, infection, organ damage from a perforated uterus, and adverse reactions to anesthesia) may lead to death. The risk of death immediately following an induced abortion performed at or below 8 weeks is extremely low (approximately 1 in a million), but increases with length of pregnancy. From 8 weeks to 16-20 weeks, the risk of death increases 30 times, and from 8 weeks to 21 weeks and over, it increases 100 times (1 in 11,000).