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Where do I go for an abortion?

By Edited Oct 7, 2016 3 7

Abortion is a woman's right.

Even in the 21st Century there are women that either struggle to find someone to talk to about abortion, or are made to feel guilty for wanting an abortion. In the UK, I would say it is not as " In your face" as it is in the US, yet it is still one of those events in someone's life that they either have talked about behind their back or have to forever keep it a secret. Wherever you live, you will always have extremists on both the Pro-life and Pro-choice side of the debate, but if you are reading this because you are considering an abortion, please forget about both sides of the debate. Your life is not a social experiment, it is yours to do with as you please, to do with as you see fit.

I need an Abortion

There are over 200,000 abortions each year in England and Wales alone, so someone thinking about an abortion is far from on their own, yet that is exactly how it can feel. Lonely, scary and confusing. So what are a woman's options when it comes to having an abortion?

You need to get non judgemental advice from professionals before you go for an abortion, your first port of call about an abortion would probably be a GP. As easy as this sounds, there are quite a few people who are scared to discuss the fact that they are pregnant with their doctor, never mind an abortion. If this is the case, then a family planning centre would be a better place to visit, as you are not likely to go and visit them for all your other ailments, if lucky you will never need to see them after sorting out an abortion, which is sometimes a comfort to know.

What is an abortion?

An abortion is when a pregnancy is ended with intervention. You can legally obtain an abortion, either through the NHS or private clinics like Marie Stopes International up to 24 weeks in to the pregnancy. There is no limit to the term of pregnancy being terminated if it is for medical reasons and advised by a doctor. This is for the UK and is not available in Northern Ireland, where abortion is still illegal at any stage of a pregnancy. Unfortunately another place where the Catholic hypocrisy still prevails.

The type of abortion you would need would depend on how far along in the pregnancy you are, as it is common sense that it is harder to remove something larger, with the same method as you would removing a few follicles.

The medical abortion

For this kind of abortion, you must have it done before you are 9 weeks pregnant. If you are fortunate to know that this is what you want this early on, you will require no surgical procedure at all. You may have already heard of this abortion method, but under the more common name of " the abortion pill".

The " abortion pill" is given in two sets. Whether you use a clinic such as Marie Stopes International, or whether you use the NHS, it is the same itinery. The first day you will be given a consultation and if you decide you definitely want the abortion you will then be given the first tablet. You then go back the day after to have the second tablet. These will start to work around 4 or 5 hours after the second tablet. The Marie Stope International website state that the two drugs they typically use are Mifegynae and Misoprostol.

The abortion pill

There are some medical conditions which would mean that you could not be considered for the " abortion pill". These will be covered in any consultation first.

How does the abortion pill works

The first pill is a drug that will stop the pregnancy hormones that protect the pregnancy from being miscarried naturally. After that, the second tablet makes the uterus contract and the cervix soften and open so that you basically have a period. Because the uterus lining has had time to thicken and there is more of it, you may feel stronger cramping than with a normal period, but you are allowed to take pain relief medication.

Surgical abortion

If you find that by the time you wish to have an abortion you are over 9 weeks pregnant, you will have to have a Surgical abortion, but there are still choices with this procedure.

A surgical abortion is performed in two different periods of your pregnancy. Under 12 weeks pregnant, it is a straight forward procedure of suction and vacuuming the content of your uterus out. No anaesthetic is needed but can be used if wished, or light sedation is an option also. Someone would experience strongish period pains from this procedure and that is all. The procedure is no more than 5 minutes long and can be done during a lunch time.

After 12 weeks, between 13 and 19 weeks pregnant, you would have to get your cervix dilated which makes the procedure a little bit longer, at around 15 minutes. Your choices are sedation or general anaesthetic, think I would have to have the latter, I am not very brave.

Between 19 and 24 weeks is a little bit more complicated and takes most of the day, but you would be under health care supervision all day. You would have to go in early in the morning as the procedure needs to be done in two stages, this is because the cervix needs to be dilated and it takes a little longer.

It is preferable to your health, physical and mental that you go as early as possible, but whatever stage an abortion needs to be done, you need to know that you will be well taken care of.

You can go to your Gp, or a family planning clinic for advice. You can also go to one of the many Clinics that specialize in abortion. The Marie Stopes International clinic is very well known in the UK, but Planned Pregnancy is a clinic that is better known in the US.



Feb 3, 2012 9:38pm
Absolutely brilliant opening -- "Your life is not a sical experiment..." Truer words wewre never sapke.

I always tell people who are anti-reality and insist on every woman giving birth regardless of her life circumstances (surprigingly, many MEN, none of whom will EVER have a dog in that hunt), "Well, YOU take that kid and raise it then!"

Good work. I'll just sit back and wait smugly for the inevitable...(I've gotta juicy, "I told you so," on stand-by!)

Meanwhile, I'm giving you a big ol' PRO-CHOICE Thumb's up!!
Feb 4, 2012 3:06am
Hehe, I didn't get to ( almost 32, 14 days left) without bumping in to strong minded people, heck I am one myself. All these ladies who get attacked for searching information that they need about abortion need to know that fanatic pro lifers that allegedly protect unborn fetus' also allegedy murder the doctors and nurses, how is that prolife? Surely we should protect the life that is already on the planet first?
As for the religious frontal attack, they want to see what Catholicism and pro life does there. The Vatican dripping in pure gold whilst families of 10 plus live in 6 foot by 6 foot homes in the Philippines.
These ladies don't want the political crap however, they just need to know what options are available to them.
Feb 3, 2012 10:13pm
Big thumbs up, although I am sure there will be some horrible flaming coming your way. What's odd to me is that is is the MEN in government who want to make decision's about a woman's body. There are already enough unwanted kids in the world with no home to go to...we don't need more.
Feb 4, 2012 3:10am
Oh yes, I am counting on it. Imagine the fantastic SEO advantage from that? lol.
I even had a Pro lifer using my Still born Son against the argument before, stating that I knew how it felt to hold a 24 week old baby in my arms and how do I feel that women can abort babies like that?
I replied by stating that I am perfectly fine with that, as there are multiple reasons a woman needs an abortion and it is her individual right to do so.
I strangely do not find it odd that it is men because we only have to look at history to see that women have been forced to live in a man's world for centuries. That is the whole Bible's point of view, control.
Feb 7, 2012 6:39am
While I could legitimately argue both sides of the abortion issue (for and against it) from a philosophical and scientific standpoint, I think the reality is that people should be able to make the decision for themselves until we can accurately define what it means to be "alive." By accurate, I do not mean definitions on religious or emotional grounds; I mean on scientific and perhaps even philosophical logic and ethics grounds. Often, many "pro-life" movements are made on poor religious ideologies; in which many people overlook other aspects of these religions which would suggest that slavery is acceptable, wearing clothing out of 2 or more fabrics is wrong, rape is acceptable in some cases, etc. The loudest people in this debate are those who believe they are truly right, though these arguments are often childish. I am glad you are throwing this information out there, as I am sure there are many people in need of an abortion that simply do not know where to turn.
Feb 7, 2012 6:58am
Thank you for such a great comment Ulalume.There are so many vast debate points on this subject that the best thing to do is to bring it down to science and health.
People attack places like Planned pregnancy and Marie Stopes International, but they are offering women a clean and safe environment to make their own choices, with out fear of their life being at risk in a backstreet abortion.
History has given us enough evidence of the horrors women endure when left with lack of options.
Feb 7, 2012 7:05am
I agree with that. People will get abortions whether they are illegal or not. They happen all the time. Legalizing them allows better regulations and better health practices for sure.
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