I'm not sure what to do next...

If you are considering an abortion, be sure to ask yourself these important health and safety questions.

Am I pregnant?

  • Pregnancy tests are not always accurate. Get your pregnancy confirmed by a medical professional. An ultrasound can tell if the baby has a heartbeat and how far along you are. Please call us for more information.

What are the potential risks and side effects of abortion?

  • Every medical procedure, including abortion, carries the risk of complications. You have the legal right to give fully informed consent. You also have the right to get an explanation of the abortion procedures available, assess their risks and side effects, and learn about other options for your pregnancy.

    There are many different types of abortion procedures. Call LaVie to speak with a nurse about what abortion procedures are used in each stage of pregnancy, and the risks and side effects associated with each procedure.

Have I considered alternatives to abortion?

  • Abortion may seem like the best fit for your current circumstances, but you will not regret learning about what other options you have. Some women who initially consider abortion are ultimately delighted to be parenting their child. Others who are not comfortable choosing abortion but are not ready to raise a child, make an adoption plan.

What feelings can I expect after the abortion?

  • Many women experience initial relief, but months and even years later, some struggle with their decision. If that is you, call LaVie today where our trained and compassionate staff are ready to help.

Do I know my rights as a minor?

  • No one can legally force you to have an abortion, including your parents. The decision you make must be free, voluntary, independent, and non-coerced. If you are being pressured to get an abortion you don’t want, contact the police, call LaVie, or this toll-free phone number: 210-614-7157.

Have I been tested for an STI/STD?

  • Any surgical procedure can be complicated by infection You may be carrying an STI and not know it because they often do not have symptoms. These infections can cause damage to your pelvic organs and lead to problems such as infertility and ectopic pregnancy.

Do I know what to do if I change my mind?

  • Abortion is your choice – you can change your mind at any time before the procedure starts. Women have gotten off the exam table and left. Some have changed their minds after taking the first set of pills for a medical abortion. This is a decision that you will live with the rest of your life. Don’t allow anyone to pressure you.

Do I know how the clinic handles complications during the procedure?

  • Ask if the abortion doctor has admitting privileges to a hospital nearby should you have an emergency. Make sure the clinic has a plan to provide any follow-up or emergency care, should complication arise during or after the procedure.

Need help considering your options?

We would love to talk to you about them.