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Abortion Brochure

Abortion Procedures and Risks

RU-486 “Abortion Pill”
(Time frame varies up to 70 days after LMP) * $600-$730
RU-486 induces a chemical/medication abortion. It involves 2 medications. The first medication, given at the clinic, is Mifeprex, blocking progesterone and interrupting pregnancy development prompting detachment of the implanted embryo. Secondly, Misoprostol is taken at home, inducing contractions to empty the uterus. Expect strong cramping,
bleeding, nausea and vomiting. A final visit to the clinic is necessary to ensure the abortion has completed. (8%-10%
of women will require a surgical abortion to complete the process.)

Risks & Side Effects:

  • Abortion Failure (Incomplete Abortion)
  • Bleeding & Hemorrhage
  • Infection (RU-486 suppresses the immune system)
  • Severe Pain/Cramping
  • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea/Fever/Chills/Headache/Dizziness

*Not advised for women who have anemia, bleeding disorders, liver or kidney disease, seizure disorder, acute inflammatory bowel disease, or use an intrauterine device (IUD).

CAUTION: A chemical/medication abortion occurs in private; as such, you may not be expecting to see the results of ending your pregnancy. For example, viewing a discernable head and limbs.

*For information on RU-486 Rescue: Call the rescue hotline (877) 558-0333 or chat online

Do Not Buy Mifeprex Over the Internet
You should not buy Mifeprex over the Internet because you will bypass important safeguards designed to protect your health.
Mifeprex has safety restrictions on how it is distributed to the public. In addition, drugs purchased from foreign Internet sources are not the FDA-
approved versions of the drugs, and they are not subject to FDA-regulated manufacturing controls or FDA inspection of manufacturing facilities.…

Manual Vacuum Aspiration – (7 weeks after LMP) * $600-$730+
The cervix is stretched with dilators wide enough to allow the abortion instruments to pass into the uterus. A hand held syringe is attached to tubing that is inserted into the uterus and the fetus is then suctioned out.

Suction   Curettage – most common in-clinic abortion (6 to 16w6d after LMP) * $600-$1500+
The cervix is opened with a dilator up to 14 weeks. The doctor inserts tubing connected to a suction machine into the uterus. The suction pulls the fetus’s body apart and empties the uterus. Between 14 weeks and 16 weeks 6 days, the cervix will be softened by giving Misoprostol, orally or vaginally, so dilation is easier for the larger fetus.

Dilation   &   Evacuation  -“D&E” (13 to 20w6d after LMP) * $870-$1900+ *Not available in NE
In this procedure, the cervix is softened by giving Misoprostol, orally or vaginally, so cervix can be opened wider than in a first trimester abortion, allowing the doctor to pull out the fetal parts by combination of suction, curette and/or withforceps. The fetus’s skull is crushed to ease removal.

Late Term Abortion – “Induction Abortion” (25w after LMP to full term) *Not available in NE or IA A lethal dose Digoxin is injected into the fetus’s heart or amniotic fluid initiating a fatal heart attack. The cervix is
treated for 2-3 days to prepare the deceased fetus for delivery. On the final day, the woman is given Oxytocin to induce labor leading to vaginal delivery.
*Prices are approximate and vary per provider

Risks of Abortion: Heavy or continued bleeding, infection, sepsis (infection entering blood), incomplete abortion, allergic reaction to drugs, damage to cervix, scarring of uterus lining, perforation (causing a hole) of the uterus, damage to internal organs, increasing risk of breast cancer, death. Abortion is linked to subsequent preterm births and increased risk for mental health issues.

Effect on Future Pregnancies: Scarring or other injury during an abortion may prevent or place at risk future wanted pregnancies. The risk of miscarriage is greater for women post abortion.

Reminder- It is important to know your blood type & STD’s before receiving a chemical or surgical abortion.

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