Are you pregnant and considering abortion? Learn about procedure methods, costs and your options. Valley Women’s Clinic understands the difficulty of facing an unexpected pregnancy. Perhaps you’re considering a termination, or you may have already called an abortion clinic near Blacksburg and Radford, Virginia. Take time to learn more about your options.
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Medical termination (also called the abortion pill) can be taken up to 70 days (10 weeks gestation) after the start of your last menstrual period (LMP).
- It’s called RU-486 and was approved by the FDA in 2000; it is also called a medical or chemical abortion.
- The pill is actually two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, taken in two separate doses.
- It is not an option for people with certain medical conditions.
- The abortion pill is not the same as emergency contraceptives (The Morning After Pill or Plan B One Step).
- Abortion pill reversal is possible if action is taken after the first dose.
Vacuum Aspiration/Suction Curettage3,4 – Up through 13 weeks LMP. Most early surgical terminations are performed using this method. Local anesthesia is typically used to reduce pain. The abortion involves opening the cervix, passing a tube inside the uterus, and attaching it to suction device which pulls the embryo out.
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)5,6 – 14 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. General anesthesia may be used, if available. 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 and remove fetal parts. D&E has a higher risk of complications compared to Vacuum Aspiration/Suction Curettage.
D&E After Viability7-9 – 21 weeks LMP and up. This procedure typically takes 2–3. General anesthesia is usually recommended, if available. Drugs may be injected into the fetus or the amniotic fluid to stop the fetal heart before starting the procedure. The cervix is opened wide, the amniotic sac is broken, and the fetus is removed by forceps. An increased risk to the life and health of the mother is associated with this procedure.
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Abortion Laws Virginia
Information retrieved 10.13.2022
Virginia state law requires those under the age of 18 to have one parent or legal guardian to be notified of and give consent to an abortion procedure.
LATE TERM ABORTION RESTRICTIONS
Late term abortions (terminations in the third trimester of pregnancy) are currently banned in Virginia, but exceptions are made in cases where the pregnancy is putting the mother’s life or health at severe risk.
Information taken from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2016). “Mifeprex Medication Guide.” U.S. Department of Health. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information
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5. Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. (2014). In-Clinic Abortion Procedures : Planned Parenthood. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (2013). Practice Bulletin: Second-Trimester Abortion (135).
9. 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.
ABORTION LAWS VIRGINIA
Information taken from Commonwealth of Virginia (2022). “Code of Virginia, Chapter 4, Article 9. Abortion.” Retrieved from: https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacodefull/title18.2/chapter4/article9/
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