Choosing an Abortion Provider
Things to Consider
As is the case with any medical procedure, the best decision is an informed one. How can you be sure you are getting all the information you need about every option available to you? Here are a few things to consider in researching clinics or doctors:
How far along am I in my pregnancy?
Ask for detailed information about your pregnancy. You may choose to view the ultrasound, confirming that the pregnancy is viable and exactly how many weeks the pregnancy is.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of my pregnancy options?
An unbiased counselor will give fair treatment to all of your options.
What are the physical health risks of abortion?
The clinic worker should mention the health risks, such as the possibility of experiencing pain during the abortion, infections afterwards, and possible complications arising from the anesthesia.
Are there any psychological or emotional affects associated with abortion?
A clinic workers should never downplay the emotions that you may experience leading up to and after an abortion. This is a big decision and your feelings should be acknowledged and taken seriously.
Is the clinic following the state Health Code of Regulations?
Each State has a set of regulations that health clinics must follow. In California, for example, primary care clinics providing abortion services must provide:
Preabortion and postabortion information and education sessions. These sessions shall include but not be limited to:
- How the abortion procedure is performed.
- Possible risks and complications.
- Options or alternatives to abortion.
- Post-procedure medical services.
- Family planning information and education.
Who will perform my abortion?
You have the right to insist that your abortion is performed by a licensed physician. You also have the right to know if this physician’s license has ever been suspended or revoked, or if there is a history of or a pending medical malpractice.
Do you have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital?
Make sure that the clinic is prepared to transfer you to a hospital in case of an emergency. Surgical abortion comes with potential risk, as do all surgeries. You have the legal right to be assured that if you are injured, you will be immediately transferred by ambulance to the nearest emergency hospital or trauma center.
If you are considering abortion and want to discuss your options, please contact us anytime.