Know The Facts

You deserve to be informed about it all.

It is important for your overall health to be well-educated on all options, as well as all procedures. 

For example, you need to know that an abortion will not terminate an ectopic pregnancy (one that is developing outside of the uterus and is very dangerous). 

We highly recommend an initial visit and ultrasound. An ultrasound will confirm if your pregnancy is in the uterus and viable.

If you are considering abortion, the following information helps you understand exactly how the procedure is done. Sources are listed at the bottom of the page and may help with more information, or call us at the number below.

Manual vacuum aspiration (Up to six weeks)

Abortionist dilates the cervix.

A long, thin tube is inserted through the cervical canal into the uterus.

A large syringe is attached to the tube and the embryo is suctioned out.

Chemical Abortion (up to ten weeks, eight weeks from fertilization)

Takes three office visits.

Pills given at first abortion clinic visit kill the embryo.

On second visit (one to two 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 it can result in death.

Suction curettage (up to twelve 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, then connects tube to a very powerful suction machine to remove the fetus from the uterus.

The uterus is then scraped with a sharp rounded blade to remove any remaining placental tissue.

Dilation and evacuation- d&e (up to twenty four 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, the skull is crushed, parts are removed, and the uterus is suctioned.

Abortion risks and side effects

Abortion pill or "at home" abortion side effects and complications may include-

Pelvic pain and cramping, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, chills, fever, headache, dizziness, fatigue, possible allergic reaction, hemorrhage (heavy bleeding), infection, death (from sepsis)

Surgical abortion side effects and complications may include-

Heavy bleeding, nausea and 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 death. Premature delivery is also associated with higher rates of cerebral palsy and other lasting disabilities such as intellectual issues, learning and behavioral problems, lung problems and loss of vision and hearing.

Abortion and Breast Cancer-

Medical experts continue to debate the association between abortion and breast cancer. However, the majority of case-control studies lead to an increase in risk of breast cancer through abortion.

Emotional and Psychological Impact-

Studies have shown evidence that abortion is connected to: Clinical depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug and alcohol abuse and suicide.

abortion recovery

Call our hotline at (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, etc.

For information about abortion recovery, please call (805) 583-3598 or email

sources (7/2012) -

Breast Cancer Prevention Institute Fact Sheets and studies (2015) - (1/2009-4/2010) -

Food and Drug Administration ( (4/2011) - (9/2005) - (7/2008)

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