Abortion Safety Checklist
Before an Abortion
Your health and well-being are our top priorities. It’s your pregnancy, your future, and your choice. We care about you and want to empower you to make a fully informed decision.
If you are unsure about the answer to any of the questions, come in and talk with one of our staff or medical personnel.
Considering an Abortion? Take the time to go through our abortion safety checklist.
1. Confirm your pregnancy
Did you know that a pregnancy test alone does not medically confirm your pregnancy? Medical confirmation can be provided through an ultrasound. An ultrasound shows how far along you are, which determines the abortion procedures you qualify for. At Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic, we will provide a lab-quality pregnancy test plus an ultrasound to confirm you have a pregnancy in your uterus (and not ectopic, or miscarrying).
2. Understand the risks
As with any medical procedure, there are a number of risks associated with abortion. Whether you are considering a medical or surgical abortion, you need to be prepared by understanding the short and long-term risks. We encourage you to come in and speak with our medical staff to learn more about these risks.
3. Consider the alternatives
In order to make a truly informed decision, it is important to consider all your options: abortion, adoption, and parenting. This decision can only be made by you and you alone. Taking the time to consider each option gives you the confidence you need to make the best decision for you.
4. Get tested and treated for STDs/STIs
If you have an abortion with an untreated STD/STI, you are at increased risk for pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which can result in future infertility or chronic pain. Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic offers free referrals for STD/STI testing and treatment to ensure your health.
5. Pause and ask
When faced with such an important decision it is beneficial to pause and be able to address your concerns. No matter what you choose for your unexpected pregnancy, we encourage you to visit the Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic and get answers to your questions so you can be confident in the decision you make.
Even if you’ve had a positive pregnancy test, you will need an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy, determine how far along you are, and rule out an ectopic or tubal pregnancy. As many as 1 in 4 pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage, and more than 80% of miscarriages occur in the first three months of pregnancy.
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No. Nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physicians’ assistants who complete specific training are now able to perform abortions in California.
An untreated infection can cause complications if not treated before an abortion. We offer free referrals for testing and treatment for the two most common STIs, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Your safety matters. Know for sure.
We believe an empowered decision is an informed decision. At your first appointment, we provide accurate information on abortion types and procedures and will walk through all your pregnancy options.
Abortion is a medical procedure. Take the time to ask questions about what would happen in the event of an emergency or if medical complications arise. Learn more about clinics and any safety issues ahead of time.
Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic provides medical consultations free of charge with one of our nurses during your ultrasound exam. Take the time you need to share your health history and ask any questions you may have about complications, side-effects and even discuss how you may feel after your abortion.
No one should ever feel pressured to make an abortion decision. Our team will listen to your feelings and no one will rush you.
On rare occasions, there are incomplete abortions. Find out what steps you need to take and don’t be afraid to seek emergency help right away. You can also learn more about the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol. If you decide to continue the pregnancy, reversal is possible if you have only taken the first dose of the abortion pill.
The Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic does not perform or refer for abortions.