What about abortion?

If you’re thinking about having an abortion, it is essential to remember that abortion is a serious and life-changing medical procedure. What type of abortion will you have? What are the risks?

You need to know the facts. You owe it to yourself to make an informed decision, and we can help you evaluate your options.

Don’t Panic

When people panic, they often make a quick decision out of fear. You’re not alone. We can help you answer some of the tough questions.

  • What should I do if my partner insists on abortion?
  • How do I tell my parents or anyone else about being pregnant?
  • I’m not ready to be a parent. Do I have any options?

Types of Abortion

There are two types of abortion, medical (medication) and surgical. Both of them have different side effects and risks. Which method you qualify for is determined by how far you are in your pregnancy (gestational age).

Medication Abortion

The abortion pill is a medical or medication abortion method that uses two drugs to terminate a pregnancy.

The first drug in the abortion pill method blocks the uterus from absorbing progesterone, an essential pregnancy hormone. The lack of the progesterone hormone terminates the pregnancy.

The second drug causes the uterus to contract to expel the fetus through the vagina. The abortion pill can be taken up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.

Side Effects And Risks Of Medical Abortion

  • An incomplete abortion that may be followed by surgical abortion
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Heavy/prolonged bleeding
  • Severe cramping
  • Digestive system discomfort

Surgical Abortion

A surgical abortion is a more invasive procedure. The length of the pregnancy determines each surgical procedure. There are three different procedures.

Vacuum Aspiration, for earlier pregnancies, uses a suctioning tool to remove the fetus. With the Dilation and Curettage (D & C) method, a vacuum device and a scraping tool suction and scrape out the contents of the uterus. Dilation and Evacuation (D & E) also uses suctioning and scraping devices, but can require forceps to remove larger parts of the fetus.

Side Effects And Risks Of Surgical Abortion

  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall
  • Infection
  • Heavy bleeding

Georgia Abortion Law

The Georgia Legislature passed the Woman’s Right to Know Act. The law provides that an abortion can only be performed in Georgia after “voluntary and informed consent of the female” at least 24 hours before the abortion, except in a medical emergency.

How We Can Help

Contact Fayette Pregnancy Resource Center for no-cost pregnancy testing and a possible ultrasound before scheduling an abortion. There is a lot more information to know. Our team of medical professionals can verify if your pregnancy is viable (growing), how far along you are, and what you can expect from an abortion procedure.

Schedule an appointment to discuss your pregnancy and options. We’re here for you.