If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, we’re here to help.
We’re here to discuss your options, answer your questions or just to listen. We know you’re going through many different thoughts and feelings, and our staff is ready to help you make a decision that’s best for you.
The abortion pill goes by many names, including medication abortion, RU-486, and Mifeprex/mifepristone. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have only approved this drug for use up until the 70th day after a woman’s last period; but it’s sometimes used past 70 days against FDA guidelines. If a doctor recommends the abortion pill to you when you’re past 70 days (10 weeks) pregnant, it is best to consult with another physician who takes into consideration your health and well-being.
When choosing the abortion pill option, this procedure will require 3 visits:
Note: The abortion pill will not work in the case of an ectopic pregnancy. (2) This is a potentially life-threatening condition in which the embryo implants outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. If this condition is not diagnosed early, the tube may burst, causing internal bleeding and in some cases, death.
Emotional and Psychological Impact
After an abortion, many women experience relief. The crisis of pregnancy is over and life returns to its normal state. However, some women begin to experience negative emotions months, and even years, after their abortion. If you are feeling any of these emotions, you are not alone. We are here to help.
People who have experienced abortion may develop any one or a combination of the following symptoms: depression, guilt, shame, regret, and grief. (1)
Depression can be characterized by the following symptoms:
Guilt can be characterized by the following symptoms:
Shame can be characterized by the following symptoms:
Regret can be characterized as believing a different decision would have resulted in a more desirable outcome and dwelling only on negative consequences attributed to the abortion decision. (5)
Unresolved grief can be characterized as engaging in thoughts and behaviors that perpetuate a strong emotional investment in the pregnancy or that prevent the redirection of emotional energy into moving forward with life. (6)
If you or someone you know is experiencing a number of these symptoms, we offer confidential, compassionate support to help women work through these feelings. No matter what decision you choose, you are never alone.
If you wish to begin the healing process from a past abortion or abortions, we offer free individual classes, group classes, and workshops. It may be difficult to seek help, but it will be one of the best decisions you make during this process.
This information is intended for education purposes and is not a substitute for professional counseling and/or medical advice.
(1) Maureen Paul et al., The Clinician’s Guide to Medical and Surgical Abortion (Philadelphia: Churchill Livingsone, 1999), 28.
(3) Lbid., 28-29.
(4) Lbid., 29.
(5) Lbid., 29.