Know the Facts, not the Misconceptions

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  1. Will NOT impact your future fertility or cause infertility. After continuous scientific study, there has been no findings of proper abortion care provided by a trained medical profession having any effects on future fertility or causing infertility. This narrative was founded based on past procedures being performed in secret incorrectly or unsafely due to criminalization of abortion. Now, most patients do not face these risks.
  2. Is safe. The process is sterile and is not much riskier than any other gynecological procedures performed by doctors daily. Indeed, having an abortion is 10x safer than childbirth. With a procedural abortion, the patient is able to leave with minimal issue just an hour or so after their procedure.
  3. Is NOT a long, painful procedure. In fact, most abortions take less than 5 minutes and do not require general anesthesia. The process is different for everyone, as some patients feel a brief period of pain, while others just feel discomfort.
  4. Can NOT be reversed. This unfounded idea that medication abortion can be reversed through consumption of a “reversal pill” is not rooted in any scientific or clinical evidence. The one case study was only conducted on 6 women, so it has not been widely studied. Experienced professionals do not suggest this, as it is unsafe and unethical.
  1. Is NOT a form of “abortion”. Despite what some members of Congress may say, emergency contraception is not the same as medication abortion, simply because the intent is to prevent a pregnancy from occurring. In addition, using birth control is not an abortion for the same reason: there is no pregnancy. Both are preventative measures.
  2. Will not impact your fertility in the future. Some forms of birth control are meant to be more long-term, like the IUD or other implants. Other forms, like the pill, are commonly meant for short term prevention. Neither have shown significant scientific evidence that fertility in the future is reduced.
  1. Look at the wording. CPCs are not legally allowed to state that they provide abortion care. If abortion is not written, they don’t do it. Don’t go!
  2. They’re usually religiously affiliated. Abortion care centers will not be publicly religiously affiliated.
  3. Be direct. They’ll probably get defensive if you ask about their services — apprehension to answer questions over the phone is a red flag.

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