Choosing a Method of Abortion Care
The following resources have been developed to help you decide which option is best for you given your unique situation. Because everyone is different, we invite you to call us and discuss in further detail which option is best for you. We want you to make an informed decision and feel confident in your choice. Whatever you decide to do about your pregnancy, the most important thing is that the decision is yours.
The Pregnancy Options Workbook helps you explore equally all your pregnancy options, including becoming a parent, adoption, and abortion. It was designed to help you to think about some of the feelings and reactions you might be having. If possible, give yourself time and space to work through the booklet without rushing.
The Abortion Method Workbook provides detailed information about surgical abortion and medical abortion to help you choose which is best for you. Both methods are highly effective and safe forms of terminating a pregnancy. However, the processes for each procedure are very different. Some people choose the surgical abortion because it is relatively quick and is over 99% effective. Others choose the medical abortion because they feel it gives them more control over the process.
Plan to spend 3-5 hours with us at the office or 6 hours for a second trimester surgical abortion. Before you arrive on the day of your abortion, please follow these instructions for a surgical abortion:
- No eating six (6) hours prior to your appointment time and nothing to drink three (3) hours prior.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after your appointment.
- We recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing, as well as underwear large enough to hold a sanitary pad. We will provide you with a pad on the day of your appointment.
- In consideration of all our patients, if you bring children to the appointment, please bring someone who can watch them during your visit. If a child is being noisy, please step outside and enjoy the picnic area located at the bottom of the stairs.
- Bring a government-issued photo ID with your date of birth.
- Your support person must present a photo ID and remain in the lobby. We allow one (1) support person to join you.
Other Helpful Tips
Know where you’re going: Please visit our Contact Us page for detailed directions on arriving at the office. Having this information can help you feel more comfortable and confident about visiting our office. Once you walk over the footbridge, proceed up the stairs and enter through the first door on your right.
Wear earphones: Some people find it helpful to listen to music when they arrive at the office. If there are protesters, listening to music can block out whatever protesters might be saying and deter them from approaching you.
Bring a friend: All escorts must present photo ID and remain in the lobby. Your support person will not be able to join you during the medical parts of the visit, including the exam rooms and recovery room. We must protect the privacy of all of our patients, and for that reason we cannot allow guest in these areas. We encourage your support person to wait for you in our reception area. If this is not possible, they can return for you upon completion of your appointment. Many people find that it helps to have a friend, relative or partner come with them. Even if that person isn’t able to stay for the whole appointment, it might ease your mind to have a support person who can distract you from the protesters.
Post-Abortion Care: Should you require medical attention after the abortion, you will receive the highest quality care with the utmost sensitivity. Our physicians are board certified OB/GYN surgeons with privileges at all local hospitals. Please review our post- abortion care page for instructions and support. We are available 24/7 to help you. If you need to reach us after hours, please call the Medical Exchange at 512-735-3840.
*A special note about protesters
Not every clinic is harassed by protesters every day. Some clinics rarely see protesters while others may be targeted by a group of 5+ protesters. If you are concerned, ask about this when you call to make an appointment. Most offices have systems in place to help minimize interaction with protesters. If you do have problems, let our staff know.
If a protester approaches you: You don’t need to talk to them or answer their questions, you don’t have to take any of their pamphlets. If you feel intimidated by the presence of protesters, please call our office upon arrival and a staff member will gladly assist you in entering the office.