Pros and Cons of Abortion: It is a surgical or medical procedure, which cuts off the pregnancy. Only a licensed physician or surgeon is to perform this kind of operation. The reasons for abortion may be the following ones:
• If a woman does not want to be pregnant. In this case, abortion is elective;
• If being pregnant is dangerous for the health of life of a woman;
• In case of some serious development anomalies of a fetus.
Abortion is considered to be legal only in case if it is advised by your doctor from the medical point of view (see points 2 and 3 of the above-mentioned list). Elective abortion is not legal in many areas.
“If abortion is so bad, why do people opt for it?” – You may be asking yourself while thinking about your future behaviour model. Of course, it is not the best way out, but you do have right to chose this option for yourself, especially if you have a feeling of shame, or if you consider your baby will become a burden for you, if you have not completed your education, and if you realize that there is the whole life in front of you, so young and full of hopes and ambitions; and if you are not independent of the financial point of view. Your health condition or, even you age (when a girl is too young to become a mother) may also be a contraindication of pregnancy carrying. Some women are often pressed into abortion by their parents. In many cases, these women find it difficult to choose the life of their child over their partner.
But whatever the reason for your thinking about abortion, it should never be entered into without careful thought over it. Mind that the very procedure can be dangerous, sometimes, or in some cases even life-threatening, and it is always emotionally devastating.
Abortion may be performed either surgically or by using some definite kind of medicine, called the Abortion Pill or the Abortion Injection
If your pregnancy term is no more than several days, the doctor may use the Abortion Pill. There are two kinds of such pills: Mifeprex and Mifepristone.
Mifeprex is a pill, which is usually taken in your doctor’s office.
Mifepristone is a pill, which used to put the beginning to medical abortion. This kind of medicine works by blocking the hormones, necessary to sustain the pregnancy duration.
Another way to conduct non-surgical abortion is by having an injection of Methotrexate. It is a kind of molecule, that puts the beginning to the medical abortion and it also treats tubal pregnancies (it is when a fertilized cell gets stuck in the tube, which leads to the womb, and not in the uterus). It works like the Folic Acid metabolism antagonist.
In two days after you have taken any of the abovementioned pills or injection, you are to come to your doctor again and to take another kind of pill, called Misoprostol. This medicine makes your uterus contracted, and the pregnancy tissue gets is so – to say, “thrown away” from it. After such kind of abortion, you are to visit your doctor for several more time, in order to make sure they worked.
If after all considerations you have chosen to make an abortion, you are to find a medical professional and a pregnancy options counsellor. You should find a clinic with the well – trained and qualified staff, who will be able to help you feel comfortable.
In order to make an appointment, you are to have a pen and a sheep of paper with you, when calling the clinic, you may also need to have some of your health insurance information.
In most clinics, you can appoint an abortion procedure within a few days after your call. This term is from 24 hours up to a week.
Before making an appointment you are to be sure that the counsellor answered all your questions, and these answers satisfy your wishes and want. If you feel any pressure or you are being rushed to make a decision, you should better choose another clinic to call.
Abortion is usually made during the first trimester of pregnancy, and it is rarely conducted during the second trimester, or later.
If you have been performed an abortion before the 12th week of your pregnancy, this surgical procedure is called suction aspiration. It is rather safe and requires up to 10 minutes. It has a lower risk of complications and you will be able to lead your usual way of life in a week or two after abortion. It is performed under general or local anaesthesia. There are many pains – lowering means, depending on the facility of yours.
The procedure of an early abortion contains three stages:
Stage 1st – Suction. The fetus, placenta and other tissue are being extracted from your uterus with the help of a special device, which works vacuum-like.
Stage 2nd – Dilation and Curettage. The fetus, placenta and other tissue are cut and scraped out.
Stage 3rd – Dilation and Extraction. The fetus is pulled out in pieces with the help of forceps, the placenta and other tissue are removed.
In case if you did not know that you got pregnant and found out about it only during the 2nd trimester of your pregnancy (beginning with the 13th and up to 24th week of it), and after all you still want to put an end to pregnancy, you will be conducted the procedure, called Dilation and Evacuation (D and E). This procedure is somewhat different from the abortion, conducted during the 1st pregnancy trimester. The D and E procedure usually requires a 2 up to 4 day process. During these days you will have to get prepared for it, as your cervix needs to be open before the 2nd trimester abortion. You will also have to spend several days in the hospital and need some additional medications.
The Rules of Abortion Appointment and About the Procedure Itself
Any abortion appointment begins with the paper work. You are to give your ID and your health insurance information with you, when making an appointment.
• You will have to make the blood and urine test, your pregnancy test, anemia screening and Rh type.
• You will also be made an ultrasound, in order to calculate your pregnancy term more accurately.
• After the tests you will be able to spend some time with a staff person, whom you may ask all the questions that bother you.
• The abortion procedure will be going on in a exam or procedure room and there will be you physician and his assistant. If you choose general anesthesia, in the room a professional administering the medications will also be present.
• You will have about an hour after the procedure or abortion so, that you will be able to come to yourself and have some rest.
• After the abortion you will be able to come back home, if there is no complication. Your doctor will schedule a visit in 2 or three weeks in order to make sure you have healed properly.
What Are My Rights?
Right to Access Records:
You have the right to look through and receive all the copies of your records.
Right to Request Restrictions:
You have the right to request restrictions on some definite people who see your records.
Right to Confidential Communication:
You have the right to communicate with doctors confidently. When you apply to a clinic for adoption, you will be given a form to fill out and to state the way you would like to be contacted.
Right to Amend the Record:
You have the right to amend your records, in case if you do not agree with the content. But you are to be aware that your physician has the right to deny your request.
Right to Accounting of Disclosures:
You have the right to know every person to whom the clinic discloses your record information for any other purpose except treatment, payment and health care operation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here Comes The List of The Most Common Questions You May Have About Abortion And The Response on Them
Is The Very Procedure or Abortion Painful?
The procedure of abortion is conducted under general or local anaesthesia, and you do not feel any pain during the abortion. After it, you will probably feel cramps for several days, and it is the best that can happen to you if there will be no complications
Will it be Dangerous For Me to Have an Abortion?
There are some circumstances and health condition, which may cause complications if you do not tell your doctor about them. Remember, that it is extremely important to discuss your state of health with your doctor during the examination before the abortion. You are to be aware that abortion may not be medically recommended for some women, even early in pregnancy.
Before you decide to make an abortion, you are to know that abortion’s complications may be the following ones:
• Abortion can result in a subsequent inability to carry your future pregnancy to term;
• Abortion can result in secondary infertility;
• Abortion can result in a woman’s death.
Can Someone of People, Close to Me(My Parents, Other Relatives, My Boyfriend, etc.) Stay With Me During The Procedure of Abortion?
Any person, close to you may stay with you during each step of the pre-operational examination. But it is the only medical staff, who is allowed to be in the surgical room. Each clinic has a large and comfortable waiting area, where all your friends or relatives can stay until you are taken away from the surgical recovery area.
In order to make the correct decision, you will need much time to think, and you are to weight all the options thoroughly. Here are the points, which may help you make the very best and own decision of yours:
You are to make the list of all the options you have.
Thinking about your options, ask yourself the following questions:
• What do I want to do in my future?
• Am I going to make a career, or do I want to work just to pay bills?
• Is there any other person, I can rely on, and who is able to support me in any kind of situation?
• How do I feel about making an abortion, and if I choose it, how might it affect my health and my self – esteem in the future?
• Can I feel comfortable about my decision and can I share it with my parents and friends?
• If there is any person, close to me, who may possibly be against my choice of abortion, adoption of parenting? What will I do then?
• Am I ready to become a mother now and will I be able to take care of my baby 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
• How having a baby might affect my social life, my relationship with friends?
• Will I and my future child have a safe place to live in?
• If I will be taking care of my child alone, how will I support myself and my little son or daughter?
• If I choose adoption, what qualities would I like my baby’s future parents to possess and how many contacts will I want to have with the adoptive family and with my child in the future?
You should look through all choices carefully in order to find all possible and negative points about each choice. You may and even you should ask different people you can trust to about all sides of each choice, but remember, that the decision about your pregnancy will be your very personal one, and you will have to make it yourself. You should not let any person influence your choice, although if you get support and useful advice from other people will be extremely helpful for you in your looking for the right choice.
You are to put all your choices in order from the most favourable to the least favourable one.
What you are to do is to explore your personal feeling, and always listen to your heart. And do not forget to see your doctor, because the sooner you do it, the better will it be for you, no matter what decision you are going to take.