Pregnancy tests are not always accurate. Get your pregnancy confirmed with the assistance of a local Pregnancy Resource Center or by a medical professional.
AM I PREGNANT?
HOW DO I KNOW HOW FAR ALONG I AM?
An ultrasound can tell if the baby has a heartbeat and how far along you are. If a pregnancy is confirmed, you can schedule an appointment for a free ultrasound by calling Alight @ 518.270.5540 or by texting Alight @ 518.573.4896
DO I UNDERSTAND THE POTENTIAL RISKS?
An abortion is a serious medical procedure Every medical procedure, including abortion, carries the risk of complications. You have the legal right to give fully informed consent. You also have the right to:
1. get an explanation of the abortion procedures available;
2. assess their risks and side effects, and;
3. learn about other options for your pregnancy.
HAVE I CONSIDERED ALTERNATIVES TO ABORTION?
Abortion may seem like the best fit for your current circumstances, but learning about other options you have is a good idea. Some women who initially consider abortion are ultimately delighted to be parenting a child. Others who are not comfortable choosing abortion, but are not ready to raise a child, make an adoption plan. You have alternatives!
DO I KNOW WHAT TO DO IF I CHANGE MY MIND?
Abortion is your choice — you can change your mind at any time before a procedure starts. Women have gotten off the exam table and left the abortion clinic. Some have changed their minds after taking the first set of pills for a chemical abortion. This is a decision that you will live with the rest of your life. Don’t allow anyone to pressure you.
DO I KNOW HOW THE CLINIC HANDLES COMPLICATIONS DURING THE PROCEDURE?
Ask if the abortion doctor has admitting privileges to a hospital nearby should you have a medical emergency. Make sure the clinic has a plan to provide any follow-up or emergency care, should complications arise during or after the abortion procedure.
HAVE I GOTTEN INFORMATION ABOUT THE ABORTION PROVIDER?
When you call to schedule your abortion, ask for the name of the doctor in charge. Find out if the doctor is licensed and board-certified. Also, find out if there are malpractice cases or disciplinary actions against the doctor. You can check online at: http://docfinder.docboard.org/ or at the NYS State Departement of Health, Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) online at:
ASK: WILL I FEEL PAIN?
People have different levels of tolerance for physical pain. One survey of women who had local anesthesia revealed that about half experienced “moderate to severe pain” and the other half, “none to mild pain.”‘” Pain relief options available during the abortion usually include local anesthesia, sedation, and sometimes, general anesthesia.'”
ASK: WHAT FEELINGS CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE ABORTION?
Many women experience initial relief, but months and even years later, some struggle with their decision. If this is you, visit www.PDL-Help.org to find a pregnancy resource center near you where trained and compassionate people are ready to help. Alight Care Center is pregnancy resource center in Troy, NY where you will encounter a safe place offering free support services, staffed by a caring, nonjudgmental and loving team of dedicated individuals that will respect your decisions.
DO I KNOW MY RIGHTS AS A MINOR?
No one can legally force you to have an abortion, including your parents. The decision you make must be free, voluntary, independent, and non-coerced. If you are being pressured to get an abortion you don’t want, contact the police and your local pregnancy center for help, or call toll free: 210-614-7157.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT ABORTION PROCEDURES?
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