Know Your Options

Are you pregnant and thinking about abortion? If so, it is important to educate yourself on the difference in the types of procedures. As with any major decision, you’ll need to gather the facts you need to make a fully-informed decision. However, many people in your situation do not always know where to find that information, and as laws are continually changing, it can be more confusing now than ever. If that is the case, we can help. The staff at 1st Choice can provide you with the objective, medically accurate information you’re looking for.

What to Know About Abortion

An abortion is a medical procedure intended to terminate a pregnancy. There are two types of abortion: surgical and medical. The method chosen typically depends on the patient and is selected based on how far along an individual’s pregnancy is. An ultrasound can help determine how far along a given pregnancy is, and assess certain health risks, including ectopic pregnancy.

The surgical abortion terminates a pregnancy during either the first or second trimester, whereas the medical abortion (also known as [a chemical abortion,] the abortion pill or “Plan C”), is an option during the first few weeks of a pregnancy. Both types — as with any surgical or medical procedure — can pose risks to the patient. [The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) warns that a medical abortion “must be ordered, prescribed and dispensed by or under the supervision of a healthcare provider who prescribes and who meets certain qualifications” and specifically counsels against obtaining the abortion pill online because “you will bypass important safeguards designed to protect your health. Also, drugs purchased from foreign Internet sources are not the FDA-approved versions of the drugs, and they are not subject to FDA-regulated manufacturing controls or FDA inspection of manufacturing facilities.”.]* Therefore, it is important to learn all facts before undergoing an abortion.

If you are thinking about having an abortion, please call 1st Choice today to set up an appointment. We do not perform abortions and are not affiliated with an abortion provider, but we do provide information regarding the procedures and are available to answer any questions you may have. It is our goal to provide you with facts and knowledge, which will then empower you to make the decision that is best for you.**