Abortion Information - Be Fully Informed About Your Decision

Abortion

When facing an unplanned pregnancy, you have three options: parenting, adoption, or abortion. Because we care about your health, we do not perform or refer for abortions. However, we believe it is your right to be fully-informed about abortion procedures prior to making a decision. Make an appointment with us today to get all the information you need to be fully-informed. Scroll down to view videos that describe each type of procedure.

Many women have experienced an abortion in their past. It can be helpful to hear their stories as you consider your options. Click below to watch the stories of four women.

Abortion Procedures

If you are considering abortion, you should know what is involved in the various procedures available. You should also be fully-informed about the risks associated with those procedures. Abortion is a difficult subject. We encourage you to call us at 336-274-4881 to set up an appointment to discuss it with us further. You owe it to yourself to be fully-informed before you decide.

The following information explains how each procedure may be performed. Please call us to be sure you understand the procedures and risks outlined below.

1. First Trimester

In most cases, you will have a choice between medical or surgical procedures during the first trimester. Medical abortions are only available up through nine weeks gestation. The types of abortion procedures performed during the first trimester are:

  • Methotrexate & Misoprostol (MTX): A medical procedure used up to the first seven weeks of pregnancy. This medication combination is not as commonly used in the US with the availabaility of mifepristone, which works more effectively for this use.
  • Mifepristone & Misoprostol: A medical procedure used up to the first seven to nine weeks of pregnancy. It can also be referred to as RU-486, the abortion pill, and mifeprex.
  • Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA): A procedure used as early as 3-12 weeks since the last period. Considered less invasive with only a local anesthesia being used on the cervix. 
  •  Aspiration: A surgical procedure used to terminate pregnancy up to 16 weeks from the last period. It can also be referred to as suction curettage, dilation and curettage (D&C) or vacuum aspiration.

2. Second Trimester

Medication-based abortion procedures are not an option during the second trimester. The types of abortion procedures performed during the second trimester are:

  • Dilation & Curettage (D&C): A surgical procedure used to terminate a pregnancy up to 16 weeks gestation. It is also referred to as suction curettage or vacuum aspiration. 
  • Dilation & Evacuation (D&E): A surgical procedure used to terminate a pregnancy after 16 weeks gestation.
  • Induction Abortion: A rarely performed surgical procedure where salt water, urea, or potassium chloride is injected into the amniotic sac; prostaglandins are inserted into the vagina, and pitocin is injected intravenously.

3. Third Trimester


Third trimester or late term abortions are not legal in a number of states except in certain medical situations. The time frame referred to as late term is often based on when a baby is considered “viable” (able to survive outside the womb). However, the point of “viability” is a grey area in many medical communities. Most medical communities establish 24 weeks gestation, the later part of the second trimester, as the earliest time of viability. Therefore, the availability of any procedure used in the third trimester is based on the laws of that state. The types of procedures that can be done in the third trimester include:

  • Induction Abortion: A rarely done surgical procedure where salt water, urea, or potassium chloride is injected into the amniotic sac, prostaglandins are inserted into the vagina and pitocin is injected intravenously.
  • Dilation and Extraction: a surgical abortion procedure used to terminate a pregnancy after 21 weeks of gestation. This procedure is also known as D & X, Intact D & X, Intrauterine Cranial Decompression and Partial Birth Abortion.

*The information above regarding the various abortion procedures was taken from AmericanPregnancy.org: http://americanpregnancy.org/unplannedpregnancy/abortionprocedures.html (Last accessed and updated 7/2015). The videos were taken from Live Action’s YouTube Channel (last accessed 11/2019).

Abortion Recovery

If you’ve ever had an abortion, we understand what you may be feeling. In our experience, the majority of women and men who have chosen abortion struggle with emotional and spiritual difficulties. Come meet with a group, or one-on-one, to talk openly about choosing to heal from your experience. Abortion Recovery will help you work through the difficulties and tensions you may be facing after having an abortion. You will learn to confront your past abortion(s) and successfully cope with the emotional and spiritual consequences which often occur. This class is offered for both women and men.

Call us at (336) 274-4881 to ask about our Abortion Recovery class, or check out our Classes page by clicking here.

Abortion Stories

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“[The abortion] was supposed to be a quick fix for me to get on with my life.” 

Undecided? Check out Arabella’s story.

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“[The abortion] was supposed to be a quick fix for me to get on with my life.” 

Undecided? Check out Arabella’s story. 

“Abortion became my form of birth control. I was really on the most self-destructive course ever.”

Undecided? Check out Devanuia’s story.

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“A combination of fear and pressure from some of the people that were close to me is what led me to have an abortion.”

Undecided? Check out Ashlynn’s story.

“I had that abortion and I thought that things would go back to normal, but they didn’t.”

Undecided? Check out Caralynn’s story.

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