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Abortion means ending a pregnancy. Given that unintended pregnancy is an issue that affects thousands of people each year, abortion is one of the most common medical procedures performed in the United States. There are several types of abortion procedures, depending upon the stage of pregnancy. Learn about abortion facts, reasons for abortion, and the various abortion methods available.
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About Abortion
Abortion means ending a pregnancy. Given that unintended pregnancy is an issue that affects thousands of people each year, abortion is one of the most common medical procedures performed in the United States. Learn about abortion facts, reasons for abortion, and various abortion procedures.

Women's Reasons for Abortion
Shedding light on women’s reasons for seeking abortions can help can inform public opinion and correct misperceptions. Understanding the complexity of this decision and the reasons why a woman chooses to exercise this choice may open the doorway for compassion and understanding for women faced in this painful situation. Find out the most common...

Why Did You Choose Abortion?
Though abortion is the most common surgical procedure performed for women in the US, it is also the most stigmatized. The decision to terminate a pregnancy is a topic that is rarely openly discussed. If you have made this decision, why did you choose abortion? Share your story in making this difficult decision.

Checklist: Deciding to Obtain An Abortion
An abortion is a procedure that ends a pregnancy. It is safe and legal, yet the risk of complications does increase the longer a pregnancy continues. Some women say that an early abortion feels like menstrual cramps; some feel a lot of discomfort while others report that it's only a little uncomfortable. If you are considering choosing an abortion, use this checklist to help in your decision.

Why Perform Abortion Services?
At press conference about abortion services, an abortion provider delivered a profound speech. A major portion of her speech addressed the stigma of abortion. Claiming that abortion is her calling, this abortion provider discussed how her life’s work is to end the stigma around abortion. She took the final moments in her speech to answer that ultimate question that she is always asked, Why abortion? Why perform abortions services?

First Time Abortions Due to Not Using Birth Control
Surprising news stemming from the 56th annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists earlier this week: half of all women seeking a first abortion had not been using any type of contraception when they conceived (despite agreement with their sexual partners about not wanting to become pregnant). These women were...

Methods of Abortion
An abortion is a procedure where a woman chooses to end her pregnancy. There are both medical and surgical methods of abortion. What stage you are in a pregnancy determines which methods of abortion are used. Learn about available methods of abortion.

Early Abortion Aspiration Procedure
The manual vacuum aspiration is an available abortion option to end an early pregnancy. The manual aspiration procedure only takes a few minutes, has a quick recovery and a very high success rate. Learn more about this early abortion option.

Machine Vacuum Aspiration Abortion
The machine vacuum aspiration procedure is an available abortion option to end an early pregnancy. Machine vacuum spiration abortion is gentler than surgical abortion. The aspiration procedure only takes a few minutes, has a quick recovery and a very high success rate. Learn more about this early abortion option.

How to Use RU486 , the Abortion Pill
Learn what to expect after using RU486, the abortion pill. This FDA-approved medical abortion is a safe way to have a non-surgical abortion. RU486 (Mifeprex) can effectively terminate an early pregnancy. Information on how to use the abortion pill and how to obtain a medical Abortion with RU486.

RU486 – The Abortion Pill
Learn factual information about RU486, the abortion pill. This FDA-approved medical abortion pill is a safe way to have a nonsurgical abortion. RU486 (Mifeprex) can effectively terminate an early pregnancy.

Medical Abortion
A medical abortion is an early abortion option. It uses medication to end the pregnancy. Medical abortion (the abortion pill) is FDA approved for use until you are 7 weeks pregnant.

D&E (Dilation and Evacuation)
D&E, also known as dilation evacuation is a surgical procedure to terminate a pregnancy. A D&E is usually performed during the second trimester of a pregnancy.

Induction Abortion
An induction abortion is usually only performed to end a second or third trimester pregnancy if there is a medical problem or illness present in the fetus or the pregnant woman. During an induction abortion, a woman will be given medications that trigger the start of contractions and will undergo all the steps of delivery and childbirth.

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