Suppose you are unexpectedly pregnant in a state that either restricts abortion or bans it entirely. In that case, you may be exploring the option of abortion tourism: traveling to a state with fewer abortion regulations for an abortion procedure.
The news that you’re pregnant can already be emotionally taxing, so the effort to travel out of state can add additional emotional and financial hurdles. Read the rest of these articles to assess whether this decision is right for you.
Verify Your Pregnancy
You will first want to gather more details about your pregnancy to identify which procedure you will qualify for.
The most basic test you’ll want to conduct is a pregnancy test. After that, an ultrasound is recommended to gather important pregnancy information such as the viability, location, and age.
Details like the age of the pregnancy inform you if you’re eligible for a surgical or medication abortion. The location of the pregnancy will alert you to any possible health complications, like an ectopic pregnancy, which requires immediate medical intervention.
At First Care, we offer free ultrasounds where we’ll review your medical history and help connect you with local resources.
How Much Does Traveling Out of State for an Abortion Cost?
If you’re considering traveling to Minnesota for an abortion, here are a few factors you will want to consider:
Will I drive or fly?
- How much should I estimate for gas or a plane ticket?
- How many nights should I plan to stay at a hotel?
Your stay will likely depend on whether you’re getting a medication or surgical abortion, which can have different procedural and recovery periods.
In addition to transportation and lodging costs, the procedure can cost $500 out of pocket if you’re getting a medication abortion. If the gestational age is past 10 weeks, you’ll need a surgical abortion, which can cost several thousand dollars.
What Should I Do Before an Abortion?
The good news is that you don’t have to search further to get the answers you need. If you are already in the state, we offer free pregnancy services such as pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STI tests and treatment, and more.
At First Care, we help you get answers and resources in a safe, supportive environment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!Learn More
If you are considering an abortion but live in a state with restrictive abortion laws, you may explore the abortion tourism option.
Abortion tourism means that someone travels out of state for a surgical or medical abortion due to their state’s laws restricting abortion. Many factors affect this decision, so keep reading to understand all of the facts you’ll want to know and understand before going this route.
As you evaluate your options, you’ll want to know for sure how many days you’ll be traveling and what that state’s current restrictions are. For example, some states require a waiting period before you are able to undergo an abortion procedure so you want to make sure you have the right timeline.
Currently, there is no longer a waiting period in Minnesota.
Understand the Risks and Costs
In addition to knowing how many days you’ll be out of state (as well as how many days you may need to recover once you’re back home), you’ll want to understand the cost of an abortion and any potential medical risks.
For medical abortions the risks can include:
- Incomplete abortion–likely requiring a follow-up surgical abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
The potential risks of surgical abortion are:
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
- Heavy bleeding
Cost is also a factor to consider. You’ll want to figure out the cost of travel, lodging, and the procedure or medication involved.
Lab Quality Pregnancy Test & Ultrasound
If you’re going to make the effort of traveling out of state, you’ll want to do due diligence before you leave with the appropriate health screenings.
Two highly recommended tests are a lab-quality pregnancy test and an ultrasound—these two screenings make sure you aren’t just relying on common symptoms like a missed period.
An ultrasound can give important details like the pregnancy’s age (which can affect your eligibility for a medical abortion). It can also alert you to potential health complications such as an ectopic pregnancy, which can be life-threatening if not treated appropriately.
Know Before You Go
At First Care, we can help you gather all of these facts so you know if abortion tourism is right for you. We offer no-cost pregnancy services such as pregnancy tests and ultrasounds in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. Contact us today to make your appointment!Learn More
Unplanned pregnancies never come at an ideal time. And if you are confident you don’t want to continue your pregnancy, your first thought might be how this affects your partner.
Legally, you are not obligated to tell your partner you’re pregnant; however, you may choose to share your news with him to build trust and communication in your relationship. The outcome of your pregnancy is not an easy decision; you may wish to have your partner support you as you work through your options.
Read this article on how to share the news with empathy and confidence.
Choose the Right Time and Place
Sharing this kind of news will never be easy. Still, you can make the most of the situation by choosing an appropriate time and place to deliver unexpected or emotional information.
Avoid delivering the news in front of a group or during a busy, distracting time. Find a private moment where you and your partner can be fully present; however, choose a public place if you have any reason to fear for your safety.
Give Him Space
Prepare for a range of reactions when you share the news since your partner will likely be as surprised as you might have been. He may need time and space to process the news and decide how he feels about your decision.
It’s essential to allow your partner to share their perspective since the decision will affect both of you. Listen to their input with an open but critical mind, and try to understand their point of view, but no one should pressure you into making a choice you are uncomfortable with.
To feel more confident in your decision, preparing facts and information that address any potential feedback or questions your partner may have about how you arrived at your conclusion can be helpful.
Schedule a Consultation
Remember that the decision to terminate a pregnancy is ultimately yours. Still, it can have significant impacts on your physical and mental health, as well as your relationship with your partner.
At First Care, we offer no-cost options consultations where you (and your partner) can learn more and discuss your options in a confidential, compassionate environment.
If you or your partner want to learn more about options and local resources, contact us today!Learn More
When facing an unplanned pregnancy, it can be daunting. If you don’t have a plan, it can be even more alarming because you feel pressured to have a plan of action, or your partner is trying to convince you to have an abortion.
First of all, you are not alone! As you create a pregnancy plan, there are plenty of options and time to investigate each. Read this article for practical steps to help you navigate an unplanned pregnancy with a partner who may have a different preference than you.
Assess the Situation
After you first realize you are pregnant, give yourself some breathing room. You don’t have to solve this situation right away.
In fact, the more time you give yourself, the more likely you are to make a confident decision that you will feel good about later on because you made it objectively and not out of fear or in a rush.
As you take your time to process the situation,
Here are a couple of questions to ask yourself:
- Is my partner set on abortion and unwilling to learn more about other options?
- Is he demonstrating abusive behavior, such as verbal or physical threats?
- Does he have any support system, such as a trusted friend or family member, to help him process this?
- Do I have a preference for a specific option other than abortion?
- Am I willing to continue with the pregnancy, even without his support?
Your partner may first respond out of fear or anxiety. If this is the case, try giving him space or encouraging him to find support as he lets the news sink in.
But, keeping yourself safe should be number one. If he acts in any way that seems abusive, don’t wait; take steps to protect yourself right away.
At First Care, we offer free consultations for you (and your partner) to learn more about your pregnancy options in a judgment-free environment.
You and your partner do not have to agree on how to handle the pregnancy because, legally, the choice is up to you.
It’s best to start a fact-finding mission about your pregnancy and explore the advantages and disadvantages of abortion, parenting, and adoption.
At First Care, we offer free health screenings such as pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, where you can learn about your pregnancy’s status, age, and location.
These details can let you know how far along you are and if your pregnancy is healthy and growing. Once you have the information about your pregnancy and more about your options, you can make a confident decision.
After you’re done gathering all the info you need, we offer a safe space for you to talk about what you’ve discovered and get details on local help available for women dealing with unexpected pregnancies.
Whether you and your partner see eye to eye or not, no woman should experience this experience alone. We’re here to back you up and help you make your best choice. Contact us today to set up your options consultation!Learn More
Deciding to have an abortion can be an emotionally challenging experience, and it is understandable to want to explore other options. There are several alternatives to consider, depending on your personal situation and preferences. Continue reading for more information.
Adoption is a rewarding alternative that has multiple benefits. It allows you to keep your freedom while giving a loving and caring couple their dream to grow their family.
You’re In Control
Did you know that you are in complete control throughout the adoption process and can choose how much (if any) involvement you want in the child’s life.
Generally, there are three types of adoption scenarios to choose from:
- Open Adoption: Open communication between you, the child, and the adoptive family
- Semi-Open: Limited communication (as much or as little as you want) can exist between you and the child, but a third party helps distribute it.
- Closed Adoption: No communication between you and the child with all records and identifying documents are legally sealed
An added benefit is that you can also receive financial assistance when choosing adoption? This frequently includes covering the costs of your medical bills, such as prenatal and postpartum care, and can even help provide maternity clothes, food, housing, and more.
Parenting is another option to consider if you are facing an unexpected pregnancy.
While you may have concerns about balancing raising a child with work, school, or family obligations, knowing that you are not alone is important. While no one can ever be fully prepared to raise a child, many women have found the support they need from various sources such as work, family, friends, and government assistance.
With the right support and resources, you can provide for your child and build a fulfilling life as a parent. First Care is here to support and assist with getting you the resources you need as you consider parenting as a viable option.
I’m Still Not Sure
All options take courage, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed, scared, or even alone, but we’re here for you at First Care.
Contact us today for a free and confidential appointment to answer all your questions and get the information you need to feel comfortable with your decision. We also offer free and confidential pregnancy tests and ultrasounds so you can have more clarity about your pregnancy.Learn More
Feeling overwhelmed or unsure if you’re unexpectedly pregnant is normal. However, when considering the option of abortion, you’ll want to weigh all possible risks and side effects.
Read on to better understand what to expect if you choose an abortion procedure so you can make an informed decision.
What Are Common Side Effects?
Surgical abortions require in-clinic surgery while you are under anesthesia.
The length of the process (including exam, recovery, etc.) can range, depending on the health provider’s recommendation, from a few hours to one or two days (but does not require overnight stays). Possible side effects after the procedure are cramping and mild bleeding or spotting.
A medical abortion involves taking two different drugs to end and expel the pregnancy.
The most common side effects of a medical abortion are cramping and bleeding. This is caused by the medication working to end the pregnancy and expel the uterine lining and pregnancy-related tissue from your body. Bleeding and spotting can occur for up to 30 days after taking the drugs.
What Are the Health Risks?
Potential Risks of Surgical Abortion
Risks of surgical abortion may include the following:
- Tissue remaining in the uterus
- Injury to the cervix
- A hole in the wall of the uterus (uterine perforation)
- Moderate to severe vaginal bleeding
Possible Risks of Medical Abortion
The following risks are associated with medical abortion:
- Incomplete abortion (may need to be followed by surgical abortion)
- An ongoing pregnancy (if the procedure doesn’t work)
- Heavy/prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Potential Risks for Future Health
While abortion can have immediate health risks, it can impact your future health and wellbeing.
- A 2013 study found that women who have had abortions are more than twice as likely to have a very early preterm delivery in future pregnancies.
- Infants who are born prematurely have a low survival rate.
- Surgical abortion may scar the uterine lining, which could impact future fertility.
- One study discovered that women who had undergone abortions had higher rates of mental health issues.
At First Care, we offer free and confidential pregnancy services, such as pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. These important resources can provide you with key details that may impact your decision and determine your eligibility for an abortion. We are here to offer you support in a warm, caring environment. Contact us today!Learn More
If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and don’t want an abortion, you have other choices: adoption and parenting. Read on to learn more about these options. Or, if you want to talk to someone in person about your pregnancy, contact First Care to speak with one of our caring team members. You’re not alone in this!
If you are considering making an adoption plan, it is important to understand all of your available options within this process. As the biological parent, you call the shots, so you can create an adoption plan that best fits your situation.
Your options include:
- Open Adoption– This means that there is open communication between you and the adoptive family and child. This communication can happen in person or via phone, email, or video chat. You also get to set the pace of the communication, which means you can have as little or as much contact as you desire.
- Semi-Open Adoption– Similar to open adoption, communication can occur between you and the adoptive family and child, but this communication will be mediated by a third party (usually the adoption agency).
- Closed Adoption– This means that you will not have any communication with the adoptive family or child, and they won’t know anything about you (except for limited medical information).
If you’re interested in adoption, it’s essential to speak with a licensed adoption agency to learn all you can about the process. Adoption can be highly rewarding but also emotionally difficult.
At First Care, we have our in house adoption agency New Life Adoptions and we have partnerships with local adoption agencies. We can refer you to them to have all your questions answered. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.
Parenting is another option that’s available for your pregnancy. While babies don’t come with an instruction manual, there are several key questions you can ask yourself to evaluate if this is the best option for you:
- Do I have a support system in place if I were to raise my baby?
- Where will my baby and I live?
- Is there a way to further my education or career goals if I have a baby?
- Am I willing to co-parent with my partner if he wants to be involved?
These may seem like many questions and details to consider, but you don’t need to know the answers right away! Talking to someone about this option and researching resources in your community can help you gather a clearer picture of what this choice might look like in your life.
At First Care, we offer parental education classes through our Every Family program that can help you feel more prepared to parent.
Ready to talk through your options in a safe, compassionate environment? At First Care, we offer free appointments where you can look over options, ask questions, and learn about local resources that are available to you.
We are here to walk beside you on this journey. Contact us today!Learn More
If you are considering an abortion, an informed decision means you need to understand the emotional and physical risks.
While the exact connection between abortion and mental health is unknown, experts on both sides of the abortion debate agree that “abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness.”
Each woman’s journey is different, but you should consider looking more into this procedure’s possible mental side effects.
What Do Some Women Experience After Abortion?
The National Library of Medicine Study states that “at least some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.”
What Are the Common Abortion Side Effects?
While it’s important to understand the possible mental health side effects of abortion, you’ll want to make sure you are aware of the possible physical side effects as well.
Surgical abortion requires an in-person visit to a clinic. The procedure is performed while the patient is under anesthesia. According to the Mayo Clinic, common side effects may last a few days and can include:
- Mild cramping
- Spotting or light bleeding
A medication abortion requires two series of drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. One ends the pregnancy, and the other induces cramping to expel the fetus and pregnancy remnants.
Bleeding and spotting can occur up to 30 days after the procedure. Other common side effects include:
Now that you know more about how abortion can affect you physically and mentally, you may still have questions or wonder about the next step.
At First Care, we offer options consultations where you can learn more about your pregnancy options and receive evidence-based information in a confidential, compassionate environment.
We empower you to make a decision you feel good about. Contact us today!Learn More
If you are in a season of life where you are not planning to start or add to a family, an online abortion can seem discreet and convenient, but there are a few essential facts to consider before pursuing this route.
Ordering Online Skips Important Health Screenings
One of the significant downsides of ordering the abortion pill online is that it skips necessary medical procedures, such as a positive pregnancy test and, most importantly, an ultrasound.
An ultrasound can confirm the age of the pregnancy. The age matters because the abortion pill is only FDA-approved up to 10 weeks gestational age.
It will also help detect certain complications, such as if your pregnancy is ectopic. This condition requires treatment other than abortion and can be life-threatening to the woman.
Roughly, up to 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. An ultrasound can confirm the viability of the pregnancy and give you confidence in the procedures you qualify for.
You May Not Qualify for the Abortion Pill
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several situations where you may be ineligible for an abortion pill. These include if you:
- Are too far along in your pregnancy
- Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place
- Have a suspected pregnancy outside of the uterus
- Have certain medical conditions
- Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines
- Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care
- Have an allergy to the medication used
As previously mentioned, ultrasounds can help identify if you are too far along in your pregnancy or have a pregnancy outside of the uterus (an ectopic pregnancy).
The Abortion Pill Comes with Risks
According to the Mayo Clinic, potential risks of medical abortion include:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Next Step: Free Pregnancy Services
At First Care, we provide free pregnancy services to women in need. These include complimentary pregnancy tests and ultrasounds.
We also offer options consultations where you can discuss the results of your ultrasounds and how this may affect your options. Our center is a safe space to learn more about your pregnancy and what local resources are available.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment!Learn More
Dealing with an unplanned pregnancy often comes with stress and anxiety as you reel from the news. You may also feel a sense of urgency to find a solution which can compound the feelings.
At First Care, we are pro-woman. We believe every woman has the right to feel emotionally and practically supported during her pregnancy.
Read this article to learn recommended steps to take if you think you’re pregnant or practical resources we can help with.
Confirm Your Pregnancy with a Lab-Quality Pregnancy Test
Before anything else, you must get a confirmed pregnancy test. We offer these at no cost at our clinic if you haven’t already taken one from a local drugstore.
If you choose to take a pregnancy test at home, make sure it’s before the expiration date or
is not defective. These can yield a false negative.
If you are still determining the best time to take the test, we can also help you calculate this based on your last missed period.
Get a No-Cost Ultrasound
After a positive pregnancy test, an ultrasound can reveal other essential details, such as the pregnancy’s age, location, and status.
A pregnancy’s location confirms whether or not the pregnancy is ectopic. An ectopic pregnancy is located outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube, where it can rupture. This can be life-threatening if left untreated. Treatment requires a procedure other than abortion.
An ultrasound can confirm whether or not the pregnancy is still viable. Up to 26% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage, so you can still get a positive test several days after taking an at-home test because hCG is still detectable. If you confirm it is a miscarriage, you will need a procedure other than an elective abortion.
Schedule Your Free Appointment Today
There is nothing quite like talking to a live, understanding person when trying to find a solution in this situation. At First Care, we offer no-cost options consultations where you can speak with our trained staff, ask questions, and learn about options and local resources.
You deserve to be heard and feel supported both emotionally and practically. Contact us today to make your appointment!