The following information is intended to help you decide if an abortion procedure is right for you, and answer some frequently asked questions. A staff member will review this information in more detail with you at the time of your appointment.
Abortion procedures are done at the Hope Clinic through 15 weeks and 6 days are completed in one day. The procedure consists of dilation of the cervix followed by removal of the pregnancy with suction alone (dilation and curettage – D&C) or in combination with the use of other special instruments (dilation and evacuation – D&E). It is successful 99% of the time and is extremely safe, with a low complication rate.
Pain medicine in the form of pills, injections of numbing medication in the cervix, and intravenous (IV) sedation (moderate or “twilight” sedation) are available and included in your fee. In order to receive IV sedation, it is required that you have someone who can drive to accompany you to the clinic. IV sedation is required for procedures starting at 14 weeks and above.
If you are 11 weeks or under and trying to decide between a medication abortion and an in-clinic abortion procedure, here is more information about the differences and similarities to help you decide.