In the United States, there are two different types of abortion: in-clinic abortion and the abortion pill. The method you choose will depend on how far along you are in your pregnancy, your health and your personal preference. Both methods are safe and effective.
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There are two kinds of in-clinic abortions: aspiration and D&E (dilation and evacuation).
Aspiration is usually performed up to 16 weeks after a person’s last period.
D&E is usually performed after that 16-week period has passed.
In-clinic abortions are effective and safe. However, the procedure is riskier the later in the pregnancy it is performed. You can learn more about the safety, effectiveness, and actual steps of the procedure by reading these frequently asked questions about in-clinic abortions.
The Abortion Pill
The Abortion Pill
A medication abortion with the abortion pill can be done up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. There are three steps to a medication abortion.
You take the first pill, mifepristone, with your health care provider. It works by blocking a hormone called progesterone that is necessary for a pregnancy to continue.
You take the second pill, misoprostol, which will cause the uterus to empty.
A follow-up appointment with your health care provider. He or she will make sure the procedure went smoothly. There will either be an ultrasound or a blood test to make sure the pregnancy has been terminated.
Medication abortion is safe and effective—the abortion pill works 97 percent of the time. To learn more about the safety considerations and steps of medication abortion, read these commonly asked questions about the abortion pill.
Have a conversation with a spouse, partner, or loved one. Find someone supportive who can help you explore your needs and discuss your options. Our health care professionals can give you more information to help you make the best decision for you and your physical and emotional health.
If you have decided that adoption or parenthood is best for you, pre-natal care should start as soon as possible. If you've decide abortion is the best for you, then the risks are lower the earlier the procedure is performed.
Yes. Missouri requires a mandatory delay of 72 hours between the time informed consent is given and the procedure is performed. As of October 2017, the physician performing the procedure must also perform a portion of the consenting process. Our staff can guide you through the process to make it as easy to understand as possible.
No. Under Missouri law, your partner cannot legally interfere with your decision-making regarding a pregnancy. If you wish, your partner or other loved ones can offer much needed support before, during and after your abortion. Our staff is available to assist and support you throughout the process.
In Missouri, Medicaid may only pay for abortion in the case of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. If you think you may qualify for abortion coverage under Medicaid, please speak with our staff.
If you are 17 years old or younger, Missouri requires the consent of a parent, legal guardian or judge to obtain an abortion. If the consent is given by a parent or guardian, they must accompany the minor to the health center on the day of the procedure.
Yes. Missouri law allows individuals and institutions to refuse to provide abortions in many cases, and those individuals or institutions are not required to give you information or referrals. We are committed to giving you all the information you want and need to make the best decisions for you.