VERIFY YOUR PREGNANCY
Before getting any type of abortion, you will need to verify that you’re actually pregnant. Even if you’ve taken an over-the-counter test, it’s best to have an accurate, laboratory-quality pregnancy test and ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy.
Contact the Pregnancy Clinic to make an appointment for a free, laboratory-quality pregnancy test. If your test is positive, our medical staff may schedule an ultrasound to determine the viability of your pregnancy. An ultrasound will provide important information you’ll need if you’re considering abortion.
BEFORE YOU DECIDE
If you’re seeking abortion, you should know that up to 30% of early pregnancies end in natural miscarriage.¹ Visit the Pregnancy Clinic to learn if your pregnancy is viable (living).
If you’re considering abortion in Annapolis, Bowie or Severna Park areas, the Pregnancy Clinic offers free and confidential information, counseling, and medical services to equip you to make the best choice for your situation. Contact us to talk to our professional Pregnancy Clinic staff and medical personnel.
ULTRASOUND BEFORE ABORTION
An ultrasound is an important step if you’re considering an abortion procedure. An ultrasound will tell you how many weeks pregnant you are, which determines the types of abortion methods. It will also tell you if the pregnancy is viable (living) and the location of your pregnancy. This information is important as you are in the decision making process.
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE CONSIDERING ABORTION?
Since 1982, our Maryland clinic has talked to friends, boyfriends and parents of young women who are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. If your friend is planning to have an abortion, encourage her to visit the Pregnancy Clinic first to learn more about the specific procedures of each available abortion method and their potential complications. While abortion is her legal choice to make, her decision may affect you as well. The Pregnancy Clinic has male and female counselors available to meet with both of you about the situation or talk to each of you in a one-on-one setting.
All services are confidential and offered at no cost to you. Read our blog to find out more about the services we offer at our Annapolis, Bowie and Severna Park Maryland pregnancy clinic locations.
NOT YOUR FIRST ABORTION?
Having more than one abortion increases health risks and possible fertility implications, including an increased risk of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy in the future. At the Pregnancy Clinic, we will listen to your concerns and give you the information you need to make a fully informed decision about whether having another abortion is right for you.
STDS AND ABORTION
Before having an abortion, it’s important to be tested for STDs. Undiagnosed STDs during your abortion may cause complications following your procedure, including Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) which can require hospitalization. PID can lead to serious consequences including infertility and ectopic pregnancy.² Contact the Pregnancy Clinic to make an appointment for free STD/HIV testing before your abortion procedure.
NO PARENTAL NOTIFICATION
If you’re a minor, under 18 years old, and you’re considering abortion, you should know that according to Maryland law, some abortion clinics require you to notify your parents about your decision to have an abortion.³ No parental notification is needed to visit the Pregnancy Clinic.
- WILCOX AJ, WEINBERG CR, O’CONNOR JF, ET AL. INCIDENCE OF EARLY LOSS OF PREGNANCY. N ENGL J MED. JUL 28 1988;319(4):189-94. PETROZZA, JOHN C. “RECURRENT EARLY PREGNANCY LOSS.” RECURRENT EARLY PREGNANCY LOSS. MEDSCAPE WEB SITE.
HTTPS://EMEDICINE.MEDSCAPE.COM/ARTICLE/260495-OVERVIEW#A2 ACCESSED SEPTEMBER 17, 2018.
- PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE (PID) – CDC FACT SHEET. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION WEB SITE.. HTTP://WWW.CDC.GOV/STD/PID/STDFACT-PID.HTM ACCESSED SEPTEMBER 17, 2018.
- PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN MINORS’ ABORTIONS. GUTTMACHER INSTITUTE. HTTPS://WWW.GUTTMACHER.ORG/STATE-POLICY/EXPLORE/PARENTAL-INVOLVEMENT-MINORS-ABORTIONS ACCESSED SEPTEMBER 17, 2018.