In addition to the emotional support you need to deal with the realities of ending your wanted pregnancy due to fetal or maternal health problems, you may also need practical information. What are the medical procedures? How do you find an abortion provider? Will your insurance cover this abortion? What are the laws regarding abortion where you live? What is an abortion doula? What do I do when my milk comes in?
Searching “abortion procedures” online may result in an glut of upsetting misinformation designed to frighten or make you feel guilty about abortion. For your peace of mind, we’ve done the searching for you and found straightforward, factual information on the most common procedures from objective, respected medical websites.
WebMD Dilation & Cutterage (also called “D&C”)
Second or third trimester:
WebMD Induction (also called labor & delivery or “L&D”)
WebMD Dilation & Evacuation (also called “D&E”)
ANSIRH: Countering Misinformation—What Do We Know About Fetal Pain?
Late Term Abortion offers a wealth of medical and factual information on the subject.
Our personal stories involving pregnancy termination by induction, labor & delivery (L&D)
Our personal stories involving pregnancy termination by dilation & extraction (D&E)
Our personal stories involving pregnancy termination after 24 weeks gestation
Laws and Policies by Geographic Location
Guttmacher Institute: State-by state listing of later-term abortion polices (PDF)
Guttmacher Institute: Mandatory Counseling and Waiting Periods by State (PDF)
ANSIRH: Access Map (US)
International Consortium for Medical Abortion: Second-Trimester Abortion Law Globally
ANSIRH: Religious Hospitals and Restrictions to Abortion Care
Finding an Abortion Care Provider
National Abortion Federation (NAF) Hotline 1-800-722-9100
Our Bodies, Ourselves: Abortion Resources & Support
Abortion Care Network A network of independent abortion providers, allies, and individuals who provide quality care for women.
British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) Arrange a private abortion in the U.K.
Backline All Options Pregnancy Resource Center—Abortion Resources.
Women on Web—An international collective of women helping women access abortion around the globe.
Avoiding Anti-Choice Zealot Medical Professionals
AAPLOG’s Search Feature Will give you a list of “pro-life” OBs/Gyns in your area. If a care provider you are considering using shows up in a search there, you will know to avoid them. Note: AAPLOG stands for American Association of Pro-Life Physicians. It is an anti-choice website, so be careful about what information you share with them.
Gynpages: Abortion Clinics that Accept Insurance
Finding Abortion Funding
National Women’s Heath Network: Why Restrictions on Later-Term Abortion Care Impact All of Us.
LSRJ—Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Abortion Conversation Project, Inc.—A resource for open and honest conversations about abortion
Medical Students for Choice—Tomorrow’s abortion providers and pro-choice physicians
Poor Prenatal Diagnosis Information
Poor Prenatal Diagnosis Index – An index of posts compiled by the editors of Ending a Wanted Pregnancy providing a brief, plain English description of various diagnoses and links to trusted medical resources discussing the disease, defect or syndrome.
A doula is a caregiver specially trained to support you physically and emotionally during childbirth. Abortion doulas (also called “radical doulas” or “full-spectrum doulas”) are specially trained to provide you compassionate and empowering support you before, during and after your abortion procedure.
Aftercare in the Aftermath
Workbook (free download): A Guide to Emotional & Spiritual Resolution After Abortion
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