If you have made a decision to have an abortion, the next step is to find a facility that performs abortions.
For many years, women consulted their local Yellow Pages directory and, while many abortion clinics still advertise in that medium, more are advertising on the Internet because that is where most women are searching for services. If you consult the Yellow Pages, in addition to listings of “Abortion Providers,” you will also see a heading entitled “Abortion Alternatives.” These are anti-abortion facilities (see “Pro-Life Facilities”). If you are using the Internet, you can find a list of clinics on two directories,
or at http://www.gynpages.com. You can also find clinics listed under the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the National Abortion Federation and the Abortion Care Network (see info below).
When you start making your calls for an appointment, don’t rush into it. Take the time to call a few clinics in your area to get a feel for their “personality.” Like all other healthcare facilities, each abortion clinic is different and you want to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. Depending on how many weeks pregnant you are, your choice of clinics may be narrowed as every clinic has a certain limit on how far they will perform an abortion. You need to think about if you want general anesthesia, local anesthesia or twilight during the procedure. You might want to ask, if you are interested, in whether or not they offer the “abortion pill.” Another factor for some in deciding what clinic to use is whether or not they are picketed by pro-life activists. Although the number of picketers seems to be decreasing, there are still some clinics that unfortunately are subject to extreme harassment. And, yes, you will want to ask about the price and what it includes.
There are many more issues to consider when choosing a clinic. The following link provides a more comprehensive list of things to consider: http://www.abortioncarenetwork.org/considering-abortion/choosing-a-quality-clinic
A warning about going to a clinic that has the lowest price in town: while the price may be inexpensive, it is possible that is because they are sacrificing on quality care. Unfortunately, as in all businesses, there are some less-than-reputable abortion providers. You might want to consult the National Abortion Federation (www.prochoice.org), the Abortion Care Network (www.abortioncarenetwork.org), or the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (www.plannedparenthood.org) for a group of clinics that adhere to certain common standards.
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