Think About It Online : help for working through your options
From the thousands of women now working in the pregnancy care world who have had abortions, we know that abortion has physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological risks.
It could be that you are not actually pregnant. PCC will provide a laboratory quality urine test free of charge. A trained PCC client advocate can provide additional information relevant to your situation. All of our services are free and confidential.
It is possible the abortion clinic may provide you with incorrect information in order to obtain your abortion fee. Carol Everett is a woman who used to provide abortion services in Texas. She testified in Congress that she sold abortions to women who were not pregnant but feared they were. For the best medical input on abortion, we recommend you speak with a medical professional that has nothing to gain from your abortion decision.
PCC provides free first trimester ultrasound. This non-diagnostic unltrasound can tell you how many weeks you are into the pregnancy. This service, provided by a certified sonographer, may aid you in making this important decision. PCC does not preform or refer for abortions and we do not benefit from your decision in any way.
Abortion is legal in the United States but bad medical care is not. Women have died as a result of their "safe and legal" abortions. Some have had their bodies hurt to the point that they can no longer have children. If you don't know the name of the doctor doing your abortion, you may not find out. The abortion doctor could be counting on you not holding him accountable for hurting you because many women are afraid to let anyone know about this choice afterwards.
Don't sign anything that releases the doctor or the abortion clinic from being responsible for hurting you during your abortion
Many women have said they were so upset by the emotion of the day they signed anything put in front of them in order to "get out and have it done with." If the center asks you to sign anything, take your time to read it over. If you don't understand something, ask questions. If you don't understand their answers, push them further. Don't be in a rush because anything you sign could affect you in the future.
It is against the law for anyone to force you to have an abortion. Not even a husband or parent can require you to undergo an abortion against your will, even if you are a minor [under 18 years old].
PCC is here to help you in any circumstance. We can help you discuss this choice with those closest to you that are influencing your decision.
The law in many states also requires abortion providers to give you information on:
1) possible complications,
2) the development of the baby,
3) organizations that provide alternatives to abortion.
Many women report the general area of the clinic where they had their abortions was unclean, dusty and even smelled bad. Infections can result from unsanitary conditions. If you find yourself in a clinic be sure to question their sanitizing procedures and view the condition of each room to ensure that you are receiving excellent care. If they don't provide sufficient information to determine these conditions, give yourself permission to leave and demand a refund of your money.
Many women who have experienced abortion tell us they felt they had to go through with the procedure once they had entered the clinic. Others say they waited on the abortion table to be "rescued" by their boyfriend at the last minute. Some clinics even told the women they couldn't get their money back if they changed their mind.
Abortion providers know that this is an agonizing decision and sometimes see women change their mind at the last minute because, as they say, "I simply can't do this!"
Know your rights. Don't be pressured or intimidated. If the procedure is not performed, demand your money back.
Some abortion clinics tell women their babies are not human at all but simply a "blob of tissue" or a "dot". For many it is easier to have an abortion if the woman believes her child isn't yet human. Ultrasound photos show that at early stages of pregnancy the humanness of the embryo is clearly evident. When some women see these photos after their abortion they are overwhelmed and grieved that the information the abortion clinic provided was misleading. An ultrasound will reveal the true development of your children.
The staff and advocates at PCC are here to support you during this difficult time. We exist to help you at any level of your pregnancy. There is no obstacle too big that can't be overcome with friendship and support.