- It is against the law for anyone to make you have an abortion.
(If anyone is trying to force you to have an abortion, contact your local state law enforcement to receive protection from threatened violence or coercion.)
- Forcing a minor to have an abortion is considered child abuse.(If this is happening to you, contact the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) at www.dcfs.state.la.us or by calling the Child Protection Hotline 24/7 at (885) 4LA-KIDS [885-452-5437]
- The father of your child is required by law to provide child support, even if he does not want to parent. DCFS can help locate the father and help with paternity results. (For more information visit www.dcfs.state.la.us or call the customer service center at 1(888) LAHELPU [888-524-3578]
- According to Louisiana Law, you must receive abortion education of the risks and possible side effects at least 24 hours before you have an abortion. (We offer this education at the Pregnancy Center free of charge.)
- By law, an ultrasound must be performed before any abortion to determine the age of the fetus. You have the right to a) View the screen, b) Receive an explanation of the images, and c) Receive a photographic print. (We perform ultrasounds free of charge at the Pregnancy Center.)
Your Right to Know
- What will people think?
- I’m too young.
- Not the right time.
- Not with this man!
- I’m not doing this again!
As a woman considering an abortion, you have the right and the responsibility to educate yourself on the risks and side-effects, both emotional and physical, that are present with this medical procedure. Please take a few minutes to read through the following information so that you have all the facts before making an irreversible decision.
Physical Risks of Abortion
On occasion, it is necessary to receive a transfusion to replace lost blood from heavy bleeding during abortion. Even with a medical abortion (RU-486 or the abortion pill), bleeding can last 13-15 days or more.
The abortion procedure can cause infection requiring antibiotics and may result in the need for a surgical procedure to fully empty the uterus. Incomplete abortion (leaving any part of the baby or after-birth in you) could lead to a fatal infection. Infection may cause scarring of the pelvic organs. Serious infection in very young, vulnerable organs could lead to infertility (the inability to get pregnant in the future).
Perforation of the Uterus Wall
If an abortion tool pushes through the wall of the uterus, or if the suction tube touches the wall during an abortion, it will mean an immediate surgery and possible hysterectomy. This will not take place at the abortion clinic, and you would have to be transferred to a hospital if an emergency arose.
Cut or Torn Cervix
The opening of the uterus may be damaged while being forced to open. If left unnoticed and untreated, this could lead to miscarriage in future pregnancies.
Drug Related Complications
Adverse reaction to the cervical numbing drugs or pain medication can only be addressed by transportation to a hospital. Time for treatment is vital for protection from irreversible complications.
Long Term Medical Risks
- Infertility from infections or complications.
- Tubal pregnancies due to scar tissue forming after uterine scraping which can block fallopian tubes.
- Multiple miscarriages from damaged cervical muscles.
The risk of breast cancer is 50% higher for women who have had an abortion than those who have been pregnant and have not had an abortion. The highest risks are for women who have an abortion when they are younger than 18 or older than 29. The risk of breast cancer rises with every subsequent abortion.
Most often, the immediate feeling after making a decision for abortion is relief. However, from the moment some women are on the table listening to the suction machine, or experiencing the intense pain from induced labor by the RU-486, they realize they have given in to negative fear with deep regret. Their guilt, and intense grief, can forge a path for drugs or alcohol abuse. Even suicidal urges can be experienced. Emotional numbness, sexual problems, lowered self-esteem, anorexia, and other eating disorders can be part of the aftermath.
Rage and anger, accompanied with violence, in both the female (mother) and male (father) are sometimes evident following an abortion. Couples who had no history of fighting before an abortion may experience a violent break-up after the loss of their child. Men can also experience emptiness and grief, especially if they were not in agreement.
Women can experience trouble in bonding with their other children following an abortion, and may experience anxiety over fertility and childbearing issues.
Our friendly staff has 40 years combined experience in abortion counseling and 27 years of combined experience in post-abortion counseling. We would love to discuss this information in further detail with you and cover any questions you may have. Please call to schedule an appointment with us at (504) 227-9090.