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Considering Abortion?

It is important to get all of the information you can, so you can be safe and sure about your decision. You will find information about the different kinds of abortion procedures on this page, as well as the risks to consider as you make your choice.

If you need a confidential sounding board, we’re always here to listen. This is a big decision, and you may need to talk it through.

PDHC does not provide or refer for abortion.  We are here to give you the information you are looking for to make your decision.

In-Clinic or Surgical Abortion

Suction Aspiration
This type of abortion is normally performed up to 12 weeks, but some abortion clinics may provide this type of abortion through 16 weeks.  A health care provider will give you a shot of anesthesia to your cervix.  They will then open the cervix wide enough to insert a tube into your uterus and a curette (loop shaped tool) if needed.  They use the tubing to break down and suction out everything from your uterus.  The curette may be needed to remove any remaining tissue and make sure that your uterus is empty. 

Additional sedation may be available in certain instances.

D & E (Dilation and Evacuation)
​This type of abortion may be performed late in the 1st trimester and is commonly performed during the 2nd trimester.  This procedure requires your cervix to be dilated larger because the fetus is larger.  Medical instruments and suction will be used to break down and remove the contents of your uterus.

Ohio law prohibits abortion after 20 weeks.

*PDHC provides free ultrasound services which will help you know how far along you are.

Abortion Pill

The abortion pill is available up to 70 days from the first day of your last period.  After your initial consultation, there should be a 24 hour waiting period before taking the abortion pill or having a surgical abortion. The abortion pill is not a guarantee that a surgical abortion will not be needed. If the abortion pill is unsuccessful, it may require a follow-up surgical abortion procedure. This method of abortion is a 3 step process.

Step 1
You will visit the abortion clinic and you will be given a dose of  medication called  Mifeprex. This medication drops the level of progesterone in your body and causes the lining of your uterus to break down.

Step 2
The abortion clinic will send you home with a different medication to be taken 24-48 hours later. This medication is called Misoprostol and makes your uterus contract in order to push everything from your body. You may pass large clots and fetal tissue and in some cases your symptoms can be severe. You should expect to experience lower abdominal cramping pain, vaginal bleeding, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Step 3
​It is recommended that within two weeks you visit the clinic or you ob/gyn to be sure the process is complete. You should have an ultrasound and blood work done at that time. If the abortion is incomplete, not having a follow up visit can lead to serious complications.

Risks to Consider

As with any surgery or medical procedure, there are risks associated with abortion.  These risks can range from minor to severe and can increase depending on how far along you are, overall health, and other factors.

Physical
Cramping, bleeding, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and pain are possible with any abortion procedure. Other serious risks are rare and include hemorrhage (heavy bleeding), risk of perforation, infection,  miscarriage, placental issues, pre-term birth in later pregnancies, and death.  Infections such as, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia increase your risk.  Some studies have shown an increased risk of breast cancer associated with abortion; others have not confirmed an abortion breast cancer link.

Emotional
Many women feel relief, anger, sadness, or guilt after an abortion. Some women experience increased drug and alcohol use, difficulties in their relationships, long-term grief, or other severe difficulties. Your feelings about abortion can change over time too. 

Spiritual
It’s important to consider what your thoughts and beliefs are before an unintended pregnancy.  Going against your own belief system may lead to spiritual difficulties. We are always here to talk with you about your spiritual concerns.

Making an Informed Decision

It’s common for women facing an unplanned pregnancy to feel pressure from others to make a decision.  Although others may voice strong opinions and try to persuade you, be sure to take time to research on your own and come to a decision that is right for you. No matter what your relationship is with the father of the baby, his family, or your family, this is your choice. This decision lasts a lifetime and will affect you more than anyone else. Sometimes women feel pressured to make an abortion decision because someone in their life is telling them they can’t do it, a baby will ruin your life, or even their life. They may not really be thinking about what you want.

Don’t let someone else make this decision for you. This is your decision. If you’re not sure, then you shouldn’t do it. Take a deep breath and think through what you want.

If you need someone to talk to, call or text our 24-hour hotline. Many of our consultants who answer the hotline have experienced unplanned pregnancies or abortions themselves and that’s why they want to help. You can share as little or as much as you would like with them. They are happy to talk about your specific situation or they can just help you schedule an appointment.

PDHC offers abortion recovery services for anyone struggling emotionally from a past abortion.

Call or text 614-721-2100.

Abortion Pill Reversal

This is a big decision. It’s ok to change your mind.

We’re here to support you. If you have taken an abortion pill and have changed your mind, call us.
You may be able to reverse it in the first 72 hours.

For more information, visit
AbortionPillReversal.com