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ABORTION

Abortion Types

There are two main types of abortion:

  • Medical/Pill Abortion (up to the 10th week of pregnancy)

  • Surgical Abortion (up to the 24th week of pregnancy)

Abortion Laws

  • Pregnancy termination (abortion) is available in Michigan up to the 24th week of pregnancy.

  • Women under the age of 18 are required to have parental consent before obtaining an abortion. 

  • Women age 14 or older can receive confidential care for Pregnancy and STI treatment without parental consent.

  • It is illegal for someone to force or coerce you into having an abortion against your will by using:

    • ​Emotional abuse or intimidation​​

    • Threatening physical or sexual harm

    • Threatening to hurt the baby or take it away

    • Threatening to remove you from your home

    • Threatening to withhold basic needs such as food or clothing

    • Threatening loss of employment or education

Pre - Abortion & Options Consultations

During an options consultation in our center, our trained Options Specialists are equipped to educate you fully about the ins and outs of the abortion procedures, what to expect during and after the procedure, and the physical/emotional risks you could experience. Then if you would like, information would be presented about the different types of infant adoption in the US and you would be given information and referrals for parent support programs that are local to your community. Your pregnancy would be confirmed by ultrasound to ensure it's viable and that you have the pregnancy properly dated before moving forward with a procedure that may not be needed or that is wrong for the gestation of the pregnancy. 

Get an ultrasound

Medical Abortion Basics (Abortion Pill/ RU-486))

The at home pill abortion is available only through the 9th week of pregnancy.  It is marketed as the easy abortion but no abortion is easy. The first of the two pills blocks progesterone, an important hormone that aids in sustaining the pregnancy. The second pill taken days later causes the expulsion of the baby from the woman's body. The manufacturers of the drug suggest confirming the pregnancy by ultrasound prior to beginning a medical abortion. This is first, to rule out ectopic pregnancy, which can be life threatening, and  secondly, to determine the fetal age and viability (likelihood it will continue) of the pregnancy. If  RU-486 is taken outside of the FDA-approved time frame, the abortion may be incomplete and a follow-up surgical procedure could be needed to complete the termination. 

First Trimester Medical Abortion

At Home Abortion Facts

Abortion Pill Reversal

Already taken the first pill and have regrets? It may not be too late. If you haven't yet taken the second medication, the abortion pill reversal regimen may be able to rescue the pregnancy. 

Find out how abortion pill reversal works.

Call for Help 877-558-0333 

Surgical Abortion Basics

In-clinic surgical abortion options are available between the 6th and 24th week of pregnancy and vary depending on the type of procedure and length of pregnancy. These procedures should be performed by a licensed physician in a sterile environment. In most cases the woman is positioned on a surgical table with her feet in stirrups and is awake for the painful procedure. As with all surgeries, there are physical risks and a recovery period necessary to allow your body to heal. It is important to investigate the clinic and physician who will be performing the procedure to ensure your own health and safety.

1st Trimester Surgical Abortion

2nd Trimester Surgical Abortion

3rd Trimester Surgical Abortion

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Working Through the Emotions

Most women struggle to feel secure with their choice to end a pregnancy. While abortion is common in the United States, a large number of women have regrets concerning their decision to terminate their pregnancies. Since abortion isn’t something you can take back later, educating yourself and dialoging with someone who cares before you decide is important.

Hear the stories of other post abortive women.

Important Questions to Ask

Many women feel ill-equipped to search for an abortion provider and due to their lack of confidence, they don't ask the important questions and later find that they lacked important information about:

  • What's included in the cost

  • The abortion provider's qualifications

  • What to expect during & after the procedure

  • Emergency treatment

Our Options Specialists can provide you with a comprehensive list of questions  designed to make sure you have all the important answers you need before placing your health and safety in the hands of someone you've never met. This list can be texted if an office visit is not possible.

Feeling Pressured?

It is illegal to force or pressure a woman of any age to have an abortion against her will. This includes, but is not limited to physical harm, emotional abuse, intimidation, threats of physical or sexual harm, threatening to take the baby away, threatening to remove the woman from her home, school or job. If you are being abused or coerced to make a pregnancy decision that you don't agree with, please call the Justice Foundation or speak with an Options Specialist in the center.

54% Feel rushed & report being uncertain 

64% Feel Pressured to Abort

The Pregnancy Center of Lapeer is a limited medical facility. We do not prescribe medications or perform surgical procedures, including abortion. Our goal is to remain neutral in this decision by providing information and emotional support during this difficult time.