Abortion is the intentional termination of a pregnancy after conception. It puts an end to a pregnancy and destroys the embryo or fetus. Different methods of abortion are used to end pregnancy based on how far along you are. You deserve to know the facts and be fully informed. At HCW we take the time to educate you on the different abortion methods that may be available to you. Although we don't provide abortion services, our staff and volunteers will give you guidance and support. If you are considering an abortion, please call and speak with one of our staff or volunteers and make an appointment to come and see us.
Methods of abortion.
The abortion pill or medical abortion
Medical or non-surgical abortion uses RU-486 or other types of chemicals to terminate an early pregnancy. This method of termination is used up to 49 days after a woman’s last menstrual period. Medical abortion may involve up to 3 office visits and may require a surgical procedure if the medical abortion is incomplete.
Surgical abortion. If you are not a candidate for a medical abortion of if the medical abortion fails, a surgical abortion would be necessary. As the name implies, a surgical abortion is a surgical procedure ending a pregnancy by emptying the uterus (or womb) using surgical instruments. There are different types of surgical procedures and different methods (depending on how far along you are). No one can decide for you. When faced with an unintended pregnancy everyone wants to give their opinion about what you should do. But it is YOUR decision, and no one should decide for you. Our staff and client advocates will give you guidance and support. Please call us at 760.728.4105 for assistance.