Your Choices

“My mind was swirling. I knew this queasy feeling wasn’t going away. And the question, ‘Am I pregnant?’ was always on my mind. ‘I CAN’T be pregnant. What am I gonna do?’ I needed to sort it all out.” – Rachel

Sorting it all out can feel like a spider web of choices. We can find ourselves trapped or stuck – unsure of what to do. The LPC exists to help you untangle this web of confusion. We help you process your options –

  • Abortion
  • Adoption
  • Parenting

Considering Abortion?

An abortion is a hard decision and a deeply personal decision. It is a decision which can have a long-term effect on you. All of the controversy and debate can’t predict how this decision will impact you. More than the physical effects, it is important to consider the emotional, relational and spiritual impact of an abortion. How will this decision impact your mental health and well-being? At the LPC you can talk to your advocate about these important areas of your life.

Procedures

Whether a chemical abortion or a surgical abortion, it is a procedure which like any intervention carries physical risks. Making an informed decision is your right. A provider cannot perform an abortion without your informed consent which means getting all of your questions answered to your satisfaction. Get the facts about all possible risks. Before you consent, ask all your questions. You deserve to have full, truthful, accurate, and easy-to-understand information in order to make the best decisions.

NOTE: The LPC offers peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options. We do not recommend, provide or refer for abortion services or emergency contraception. The information presented on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.

Medical Abortions - Up to 9 weeks LMP
The Abortion Pill (also known as Mifeprex™, mifepristone, or RU-486) uses two drugs and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in women up to 49 days (7 weeks) after their last menstrual period (LMP). However, it is commonly used “off-label” up to 63 days (9 weeks LMP) and beyond.  The abortion pill is the most common form of medical abortion.

Methotrexate was a drug that the FDA approved for treating certain cancers and rheumatoid arthritis, but is used off-label to treat ectopic pregnancies and to induce abortion. The FDA classifies it as a “category X” medication meaning that it has been shown to be harmful to the fetus, and the risks outweigh potential benefits.

Misoprostol is a prostaglandin and was FDA-approved to reduce risk of stomach ulcers in people taking anti-inflammatory drugs, but is used off-label to cause abortions. This drug is also classified as “category X” by the FDA with regard to pregnancy.

Medical Methods for Induced Abortion - 2nd and 3rd Trimester
This procedure induces abortion by using drugs such as mifepristone, misoprostol, or pitocin to cause labor and delivery of the fetus and placenta. Ten to 24 hours in a hospital labor and delivery unit are often required. Some are doing these procedures in an outpatient setting, despite considerable risks if complications occur. This procedure may be selected because the provider doesn’t do late term dilation & evacuation (D&E), patient preference, or so an autopsy of the baby may be done afterwards.
Surgical Abortions
Aspiration/Suction – Up to 13 weeks LMP: This surgical procedure is used throughout the first trimester of pregnancy. Most first trimester surgical abortions are performed using this method. Local anesthesia is typically offered to reduce pain, however sedation may also be available.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) – 13 weeks LMP and up: Most second trimester abortions are performed using this method. Local anesthesia, oral, or intravenous pain medications and sedation are commonly used. General anesthesia may be used, if available.

D&E After Viability – 24 weeks LMP and up: This procedure typically takes 2–3 days and is associated with increased risk to the life and health of the mother. General anesthesia is usually recommended, if available, otherwise intravenous sedation will often be used.

Post-Abortion Trauma?

Some women experience strong negative emotions after an abortion. Sometimes this occurs within days and sometimes it happens after many years. An abortion can be a traumatic event for some women. Several factors which impact the likelihood of this traumatic experience include: a woman’s age, the abortion circumstances, the stage of pregnancy at which the abortion occurs, and a woman’s religious beliefs.

If you think you might be suffering from the negative effects of a past abortion decision, you are not alone, our After Abortion Care and Education (AACE) program might be able to help.

Considering Abortion?

What About Adoption?

Adoption isn’t a simple or easy choice. Adoption might be an experience that works for you and your child. It’s okay to have questions and concerns about adoption. The LPC exists to help you shift through these questions.

Parents who place a child for adoption are not failures. When there is secrecy or judgment surrounding an adoption, then feelings of toxic shame can be overwhelming. That’s no good. You can be a good and loving parent AND choose to place your child with an adoptive family. It can be a healthy and meaningful choice for you and your baby.

The LPC can connect you with organizations that can help you make an empowered adoption plan. 

Adoption Planning Tips

You have the right to…

  • place your child for adoption through an adoption agency or through private adoption;
  • approve the parents who will adopt your child, know their names, religious preference, or other factors, and even meet them if you want;
  • make a written adoption agreement, which allows you to share pictures, letters and maybe even agree to future contact;
  • see or not see your child before you place her for adoption;
  • change your mind;
  • make a choice for counseling.

Is Keeping My Baby Right for Me?

Maybe getting pregnant wasn’t in the cards for you right now, but now that you are facing the prospect of being pregnant, raising a child seems possible. Parenting is a life-long journey with your child, beginning now – it can be challenging and rewarding. It is important to think about what kind of  family you are creating for you and your child. Explore your parenting options. Where can you find support to take of your needs and your child’s needs? Who will help you raise your child? The LPC can equip you as you begin your parenting adventure.

The LPC is here to help educate you about your parenting choices. Learn more about our individual coaching experience and Parenting 101. (Although the LPC is not an adoption agency, we can provide referrals to adoption agencies upon request.)

Considering Abortion? Get the facts.

Have questions? Let's get in touch.

ULTRASOUND SERVICES NOT AVAILABLE ONSITE

The center is not able to provide limited obstetrical ultrasound to confirm a viable pregnancy onsite right now. We can provide referrals for ultrasound services.

If you think you might be pregnant and need someone to listen to your concerns, discuss what pregnancy means for you and your life, or ask questions as you weigh your pregnancy decision. We are here to help you. Please call 301-776-9996.

If this is an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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