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It's important for your health to be educated on all procedures before choosing to abort. Be advised that an abortion will not terminate an ectopic pregnancy ("outside of the uterus" and very dangerous). We highly recommend a first exam and ultrasound regardless of intent to carry. An ultrasound will confirm if your pregnancy is in the uterus and viable.

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For additional information or questions on abortion call our 24 hour hotline: (866) 216-4443 or (805) 583-3590.

Manual Vacuum Aspiration

up to 6 weeks

  • Abortionist dilates the cervix.
  • A long, thin tube is inserted through cervical canal into the uterus.
  • A large syringe is attached to the tube and the embryo is suctioned out.

  • Chemical Abortion

    up to 10 weeks (8 weeks from fertilization)

  • Takes three office visits.
  • Pills given at first abortion clinic visit kill the embryo.
  • On second visit (1 or 2 days later), a pill is given to start cramping and expulsion of embryo, yolk sac, and placental tissue.
  • Third visit to clinic is after “at home” abortion to check if abortion is complete. If not, surgical abortion is necessary to complete abortion.
  • Chemical abortion can result in serious injury, requiring hospitalization, and in rare cases can result in death.

  • Suction Curettage

    up to 12 weeks

  • The cervix must be stretched open by abortionist using metal rods or laminaria inserted the day before.
  • The doctor inserts a hard plastic tube into the uterus, and then connects this tube to a very powerful suction machine to remove the fetus from the uterus.
  • Then, the uterus is scraped with a sharp rounded blade to remove any remaining placental tissue.

  • Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)

    up 24 weeks

  • When the fetus is this large the cervix must be opened wider.
  • Typically takes place over three days.
  • Numerous thin rods made of seaweed (called laminaria) are inserted to stretch the cervix a day or two before the abortion.
  • A sharp tool is inserted into the uterus and the fetus is dismembered, skull crushed, parts removed, and uterus suctioned.

  • Abortion Risks and Side-effects

    Abortion pill or “at home” abortion side effects and complications may include:

  • Pelvic pain, cramping
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Possible allergic reaction to the medications
  • Hemorrhage (heavy bleeding)
  • Infection
  • Death (from sepsis)
  • Surgical abortion complications may include:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Cramping
  • Infection
  • Scarring of the uterine lining
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Death

  • Long Term Risks of Abortion

    Abortion and Preterm Birth:

  • Women who undergo one or more induced abortions carry an increased risk of delivering prematurely in the future.
  • Premature babies are at greater risk of newborn health complications, such as breathing problems, and even death. Premature delivery is also associated with higher rates of cerebral palsy, other lasting disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, learning and behavioral problems, lung problems and vision and hearing loss.
  • Abortion and Breast Cancer:

  • Medical experts continue to debate the association between abortion and breast cancer.
  • Emotional and Psychological Impact:

    Many studies have shown evidence that abortion is connected to:

  • Clinical Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Drug & Alcohol Abuse
  • Suicide

  • Abortion Recovery

    Call our Hotline (866) 216-4443 or (805) 583-3590

    Women who have experienced abortion may develop the following symptoms:

  • Guilt
  • Grief
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty bonding with partner or children
  • Eating disorders.
  • For information about abortion recovery, please call (805) 583-3598 or email

    Sources ( 7/25/2012)

    Breast Cancer Prevention Institute (Fact Sheets) › Baby (January 2009/April 2010) (April 30, 2011 by Food and Drug Administration) (9/9/2005) (reported by> on 7/7/2008)

    The CPC does not perform or refer for abortion

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