You’re pregnant and don’t want the baby anymore.
You may be thinking, how did I get here? What do I do? Where do I go from here?
Answering these questions and navigating your options when it comes to unplanned pregnancy is scary. These decisions are tough and there is a lot of information to consider when you decide you don’t want to be pregnant anymore.
From learning about abortion, abortion alternatives, and Texas law requirements, read more from White Rose Women’s Center below.
I’m considering getting an abortion, what are my options?
• Abortion •
Abortion has been legal in the United States since 1973. It is important to note that each state has different requirements and stipulations when it comes to abortion procedures, particularly late term abortion legislation.
If you are seriously considering abortion, you should be educated about your options and the different types of abortion procedures, especially since they directly pertain to your health.
There are the non-invasive options such as the Plan B (aka: “Morning After Pill”) or other abortion pills such as RU 486 (mifepristone) and methotrexate that can be used to terminate early first-trimester pregnancies.
The two types of surgical abortions are known as the D&C and the D&E which are both invasive medical procedures:
The D&C (Dilation and Curettage with Vacuum Aspiration) is performed during the first trimester and primarily uses suction to remove the fetus, placenta, etc. from the uterus.
The D&E (Dilation and Evacuation) is performed after the first trimester and must be done in a hospital. This procedure is more painful and usually involves painkillers and local anesthetics. The doctor dilates the cervix then scrapes the uterus to remove the fetus, though for late term abortions done after 16 weeks, other medical instruments and dissection methods are used to remove the fetus.
• Abortion Alternatives •
Adoption is the primary alternative for pregnant women who don’t want their baby anymore and decide to not get an abortion.
There are a lot of adoption agencies, religious nonprofits, and local child services that can provide legal and practical guidance if you choose adoption as an abortion alternative. Relative adoptions can sometimes be an option as well.
A Women’s Right to Know
In 2011 the Texas Health & Safety Code was updated, which now requires a sonogram and a private consultation with the doctor in person a minimum of 24 before an abortion.
Women need to be informed about their health and the potential risks and physical side effects of different abortion procedures.
If you don’t have access to a sonogram and don’t have your own OB/GYN to meet with, you can usually find referrals, information, and sometimes free sonograms or ultrasounds at a local pregnancy center or women’s clinic. If you don’t know of any local clinics, contact us and we’ll help you find resources in your area.
Also in the state of Texas according to the Health and Safety Code, abortion after 16 weeks “may be performed only at an ambulatory surgical center or hospital licensed to perform the abortion.”
Abortion and Minors
In Texas, an abortion can only be performed on a women under the age of 18 with signed consent from her parents or legal guardian per the requirements of the of the Texas Health and Safety Code 164.052(a)(19), Occupations Code.
Get More Information on Abortion and Other Resources
We want to help provide you with all the resources and support you need when making decisions regarding abortion and other abortion alternatives.
From information on local clinics, legal requirements, free counseling and other services, no appointment is required to contact us or visit one of our Dallas, TX White Rose Women’s Center facilities.
All appointments and counseling services are confidential.
We have your health and well being at heart.
Get the information and services you need, including:
- Free pregnancy test
- Free counseling
- Information on abortion procedures
- Clinical referrals
- Abortion alternatives
- Post-abortion guidance
- And more pregnancy-related services