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.

Abortion Procedures

Emergency Contraception

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:

  • On the first visit, the woman is given pills to cause the death of the embryo (human being in early stages of development).
  • 24 to 48 hours later, the woman is given a second drug (misoprostol) that induces labor at a location appropriate for the patient.
  • Seven to 14 days later, the woman returns for an evaluation to determine if the procedure has been successfully completed.

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.

Abortion Recovery

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:

  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Frequent crying
  • Fatigue
  • Sleeping or eating too much/too little
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Losing interest in enjoyable activities
  • Performing poorly at work or school
  • Not caring about personal appearance and hygiene
  • Excessive guilt or anger
  • Feeling worthless (2)

Guilt can be characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Fearing God’s punishment
  • Interpreting any misfortune, illness, or accident as signs of God’s punishment
  • Having nightmares about killing or saving babies
  • Engaging in self-punishing behaviors such as substance abuse
  • Indiscriminate sex and relationships with abusive partners
  • Blocking out the event
  • Avoiding anything that triggers memories of the event (3)

Shame can be characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Relentless thoughts of being a bad person
  • Engaging in self-destructive behaviors
  • Inordinate fear of anyone finding out about the abortion (4)

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.
(2) Lbid.
(3) Lbid., 28-29.
(4) Lbid., 29.
(5) Lbid., 29.
(6) Lbid.

Our center offers consultations and accurate information about all pregnancy options, but we do not offer or refer for emergency contraception or abortion services.

You will never have this day again, so make it count.