Are You Thinking About Abortion?
Before having an abortion, it’s essential to have your pregnancy confirmed. Even if you’ve taken a home pregnancy test, take a free test at HopePlace Fordyce. We can refer you for an ultrasound for additional information if your pregnancy test is positive.
Is Abortion Legal?
When Roe v. Wade was overturned on June 24, 2022, Arkansas’s Attorney General certified Arkansas’s law making abortion illegal from the moment a heartbeat can be detected with the only exception to save the life of the woman.
Questions To Answer Before An Abortion
There is more information you need before you can schedule an abortion. Make sure you know the answers to the following three questions:
- How far along are you in your pregnancy?
- Is your pregnancy viable (growing with a detectable heartbeat)?
- Is your pregnancy located in your uterus?
Ultrasound gives you the answers to these questions. Please talk with us about a referral for a free ultrasound. We’ll even provide transportation!
What Are The Types of Abortion?
There are two main types of abortion, medication and surgical. Which method you have is determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy.
The abortion pill method is a medication or chemical abortion because it uses two drugs to terminate a pregnancy. The FDA has approved this method through 70 days of gestation (70 days or less since the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period).
The first abortion pill drug is taken to block progesterone from reaching the pregnancy in the uterus. All pregnancies require progesterone to continue growing. Without it, the pregnancy ends. The second drug causes contractions to expel the pregnancy from the body through the vagina.
Some women, after beginning the abortion pill procedure, regret their decision. You might be able to save your pregnancy by choosing Abortion Pill Reversal (APR). Learn more about APR and how to begin the reversal process by calling 877-558-0333 immediately.
Side Effects and Risks
According to the Mayo Clinic, these are the side effects and potential risks of the abortion pill:
- An incomplete abortion
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Nausea and vomiting
There are several types of surgical abortion. What procedure you qualify for is determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy. If you are still in your first trimester, you would most likely have an aspiration abortion. This method uses a tube to suction out the pregnancy.
Depending on the number of weeks, you may need to have your cervix dilated (opened) along with anesthesia.
Dilation and curettage (D & C) involve suction and a sharp instrument to scrape out the contents of the uterus. Dilation and evacuation (D & E) require forceps to remove larger parts of the pregnancy.
Side Effects and Risks
According to the Mayo Clinic, these are potential side effects and risks of surgical abortion:
- Bleeding and cramping
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
We Can Discuss Abortion
If you’re thinking about abortion, call us for more details and factual information. Abortion is illegal in Arkansas, with limited exceptions. You need to travel out of state, so be prepared beforehand.