||Not all women think abortion is cool for themselves, but all women have the right to make this choice.
Abortion is a simple medical procedure which ends a pregnancy. Throughout history, around the world, and in many religions, women have used abortion as a part of our healthcare. Other options for an unplanned pregnancy include adoption or keeping the child.
access to abortion
In the United States it is legal for a woman to get an abortion. But as a minor, you may need to ask your parents first. If you think they'll be supportive, definitely tell them. In some states you can get an abortion without telling your parents. In others, there are Parental Consent or Parental Notification laws. Check with the Abortion Hotline (1-800-772-9100 or www.prochoice.org) for info on restrictions in your state. (See Parental Consent for a list of state laws).
Parental Consent laws mean that you will need to get permission from a parent or guardian if you are under a certain age, usually 18. Some laws allow for permission from another adult family member.
Parental Notification laws mean that you have to tell a parent or guardian if you are under a certain age, usually 18, but legally you don't need their permission. Unfortunately, many clinics still won't do the abortion unless your parents give permission.
If you are thinking about an abortion and live where there is a Parental Consent or Notification law, it's a good idea to call a clinic that does abortions. They can help you to get a "judicial bypass" to the law by explaining your situation to a judge. The judge can give permission for the abortion. But this can take time, so call right away. You can also go to a state without these laws, if you can't tell your parents.
Parental Consent laws are state laws. So get involved in your state! Contact Choice USA to find, or start, a pro-choice group at your school (www.choiceUSA.org).
women choose abortion for many reasons:
Any reason we have for choosing abortion is a good reason. These are our bodies and our lives. No one has the right to force us to have a baby, or to punish us for liking sex.
getting an abortion
If you choose a clinic on your own, watch out for bogus clinics like Crisis Pregnancy Centers. These clinics seem like real health clinics, but aren't. They are run by anti-abortion groups and will try to scare you out of having an abortion. These fake clinics are listed in the yellow pages under Abortion Alternatives. Real clinics are listed as Abortion Services.
NEVER have an illegal abortion -- like one done in someone's home or by swallowing poisons! Abortion is safe when done in a legal clinic or hospital.
Although any medical operation can be scary, abortion has few risks. It can involve some cramping, and light bleeding afterward. It's a good idea to bring a friend along for support.When you call to make an appointment ask:
Abortions cost $350 or more. The costs and health risks increase after the first 3 months of pregnancy. And it's harder to get an abortion after 3 months, so get help soon! If you can't pay for an abortion, the Abortion Hotline will help you find a low-cost clinic and can sometimes help with money (see Resources).
RU486 is a newer way to end a pregnancy using medication instead of surgery. It must be done in the first 9 weeks after your last period started. You need to go to a health clinic to get the first pill or shot. A few days later, you will take another medication, which causes your uterus to contract and helps the pregnancy tissue to pass from your uterus. Within a week, you will begin to bleed like when you have your period. You may feel something like menstrual cramps, be tired or be sick to your stomach. You must go back to the clinic after about 2 weeks for a follow-up visit to make sure everything worked.
The cost for an RU486 (medical) abortion is about the same as an early surgical abortion. But there are some other differences between the two types of abortions:
|not all women think abortion is cool for themselves but all women have the right to make this choice abortion is safe when done in a legal clinic or hospital real clinics are listed as Abortion Services|