Abortion Information in Indiana

 

Women’s Resource Center of Indiana understands the difficulty of facing an unexpected pregnancy. We believe that information empowers. We provide information about abortion in Crawfordsville, IN and Covington, IN. We strive to provide you with objective pregnancy and sexual health education so you can make a confident decision. If you are considering abortion, your first step is to learn more about your options. Free and confidential services. Contact us today to meet with our nurses.

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What to Know About Abortion

 

Our Clinics do not offer or refer for pregnancy terminations or abortion services.

Below is for educational purposes only.

ABORTION SAFETY

Our nurses are willing to discuss your rights as a woman to have a safe legal abortion and share with you information regarding that.  It is very important to confirm a pregnancy with an Ultrasound, to ensure that the pregnancy is in your uterus or womb. In addition, Women’s Resource Center offers free STI testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea.  It is important to have STI testing before an abortion so you do not have complications from infection.

 

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Medical Abortion

Learn more about the different kinds of abortion procedures at abortionprocedures.com.  A doctor will explain each kind of abortion is a simple manner.  http://abortionprocedures.com

Medication terminations (also called the abortion pill) can be taken up to 70 days (10 weeks pregnant) after the start of your last menstrual period.

  • It’s called RU-486 and was approved by the FDA in 2000; it is also called a medical or chemical termination.
  • The pill is actually two drugs, mifepristone, and misoprostol, taken in two separate doses.
  • It is usually taken between 4-6 weeks but can be taken up to 10 weeks in most cases.
  • It is not an option for people with certain medical conditions.
  • The abortion pill is not the same as the emergency contraceptive, The Morning After Pill or Plan B One Step.
  • Abortion pill reversal is possible if action is taken after the first dose.  For more information: http://abortionpillreversal.com

Action – The first medication, Mifepristone or RU486  blocks progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that is necessary for the pregnancy to survive. Without progesterone, the pregnancy dies. The second medication, Mifepristone, causes cramping and bleeding, expelling the baby and uterine contents.

Side effects – Cramping and bleeding are expected. Bleeding may be like a heavy period. Bleeding can last 9 to 16 days and possibly up to 30 days. Other possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, weakness, dizziness, and headache.

Complications – Possible complications include heavy bleeding requiring surgery to stop the bleeding, and serious infection. Before taking any medication, you should discuss the risks with your doctor and know what do to if complications arise.

Follow-up – It is important to follow up with your doctor 1 to 2 weeks after taking this medication regime to see if the termination has occurred and to assess for complications.

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Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortions are done by opening the cervix and passing instruments into the uterus to suction, grasp, pull, and scrape the pregnancy out. The exact procedure is determined by the baby’s level of growth.

Aspiration/Suction23,24 – Up to 13 weeks LMP. Most early surgical terminations are performed using this method. Local anesthesia is typically offered to reduce pain. The abortion involves opening the cervix, passing a tube inside the uterus, and attaching it to a suction device that pulls the baby and uterine contents out.

Dilation and Evacuation25,26 (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. Besides the need to open the cervix much wider, the main difference between this procedure and a first-trimester abortion is the use of forceps to grasp fetal parts and remove the baby in pieces. D&E is associated with a much higher risk of complications compared to a first-trimester surgical abortion.

D&E After Viability27-29 – 21 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. Drugs may be injected into the fetus or the amniotic fluid to stop the baby’s heart before starting the procedure. The cervix is opened wide, the amniotic sac is broken, and forceps are used to dismember the fetus. The “Intact D&E” pulls the fetus out legs first, then crushes the skull in order to remove the fetus in one piece.

 

Abortion Restrictions in Indiana

→ LATE ABORTION RESTRICTIONS
Late abortions (abortions performed after 22 weeks of pregnancy) are currently banned in Indiana, but exceptions are made in cases where the pregnancy is putting the mother’s life or health at severe risk, or in cases of fetal anomalies presenting themselves.

→ PARENTAL NOTIFICATION
Parents of minors who are seeking an abortion must be notified before any procedure can be performed. Exceptions are made in certain situations, such as where a notification would put the health or wellbeing of the minor in danger.

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References

MEDICAL ABORTION

For information on all abortion procedures:  http://www.abortionprocedures.com

Information is taken from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2016). “Mifeprex Medication Guide.” U.S. Department of Health. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/UCM088643.pdf

SURGICAL ABORTIONS
23. Paul, M., Lichtenberg, E. S., Borgatta, L., Grimes, D. A., Stubblefield, P. G., & Creinin, M. D. (2009). First Trimester Aspiration Abortion. In Management of unintended and abnormal pregnancy: Comprehensive abortion care (pp. 135-156).

24. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. (2014). In-Clinic Abortion Procedures: Planned Parenthood. Retrieved July 19, 2014.

25. Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. (2014). In-Clinic Abortion Procedures: Planned Parenthood. Retrieved October 28, 2015.

26. Paul, M., Lichtenberg, E. S., Borgatta, L., Grimes, D. A., Stubblefield, P. G., & Creinin, M. D. (2009). Dilation and Evacuation. In Management of unintended and abnormal pregnancy: Comprehensive abortion care (pp. 157-74). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

27. Paul, M., Lichtenberg, E. S., Borgatta, L., Grimes, D. A., Stubblefield, P. G., & Creinin, M. D. (2009). Dilation and Evacuation. In Management of unintended and abnormal pregnancy: Comprehensive abortion care (pp. 157-74). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

28. American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (2013). Practice Bulletin: Second-Trimester Abortion (135).

29. Pasquini, L., et al. Intracardiac injection of potassium chloride as method for feticide: Experience from a single U.K. tertiary centre. Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 2008;115(4):528–31.