Pregnancy Termination

The choice to end a pregnancy is one that is up to the woman involved. There are three options available. Plan B is a pill a woman can take within seventy-two hours of unprotected sex. At this point, she has no way to tell whether she is pregnant. The pill prevents the fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.

Once a pregnancy has been confirmed, there are two options for termination. A medical abortion is done by taking two doses of medication that causes the end of the pregnancy. A surgical abortion is usually done by vacuum aspiration. If you need information on where to get help ending a pregnancy, contact Planned Parenthood (online at www.plannedparenthood.com) for information about local offices.

According to the CDC, about 24 percent of all U.S. pregnancies end in abortion. Women aged 40 to 44 make up only .2 percent of those who have abortions.

While a pregnancy termination is done by choice, it is still a difficult decision and is a loss. Making the decision can be painful. If you make this choice, give yourself time to heal and recover.

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