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Insights in reproductive health research and practice from CompassCare's medical team.

Women Looking for Abortion Info Visit CompassCare First
Women Looking for Abortion Info Visit CompassCare First

You’re in the right place! More than 1400 women (and 500 men) visit this website per month for more information regarding their unplanned pregnancy, STDs and to schedule free healthcare services. CompassCare is one of the leading websites for information about abortion in Rochester, NY. Whether you’re interested in knowing more about what types of […]

Is My Life Over?

“That test came back positive, I told him, no, that’s not true.”
“I was shocked and a little uneasy, because it wasn’t planned.”
“I was just in, um, just a mess. Emotionally a mess.”

No. Your life is not over. Even if it might feel like the end of the world, be assured, it’s not. Plans may need a bit of adjusting to compensate for this unexpected turn, but CompassCare can help.

Each year thousands of women find themselves in the same position you are in now. You have the ability to make a responsible choice regarding this pregnancy. Outside influences like school, work, friends and family can all vie for your allegiance, but at this moment in time, it needs to be about you.

Whether you’re considering ending your pregnancy or carrying your baby to term, you have options.

“As soon as I went to the center, I think that they knew right away how I was feeling.”
“I felt very comfortable coming in.”
“They were completely open and nice and I felt like I could talk to them about anything.”

CompassCare’s average patient satisfaction rating is 9.8 out of 10. Schedule your free consultation.

I’m Not Sure If I Want an Abortion

When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, it’s common to consider the option of abortion. However, the doubts and fears associated with that choice may be stronger than you anticipated.  If you’re not sure that abortion is right for you, take some time and get informed about all of your options. Abortion alternatives include both parenting […]

Am I Really Pregnant?

“We’re able to bring the patient in and truly, through the tool of stenography, turn her theoretical, ‘I think I’m pregnant’ into ‘I sure am pregnant, and there’s my baby’ by letting her see the heartbeat of that baby on that screen.” Common symptoms of pregnancy include: missed period swollen or tender breasts increased fatigue […]

Feeling Pressured?

Over half of all American women facing unplanned pregnancies report feeling pressured, or coerced, into choosing an abortion2.  Pressure can come from anywhere – a partner, parent, sibling, friend, employer, or even a medical professional.

“Most of the pressures that we see are brought by those people that she cares about.
It’s really important for us to help her sort through all the voices that she’s hearing,
and those pressures that she’s hearing, to get to her voice.”

Coercion has become a growing topic of concern among those who want to protect the rights of women seriously considering abortion.

Recently, a bill was passed that would amend the penal code in the state of Michigan to include the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act3, prohibiting anyone from compelling a “pregnant female to seek an abortion”.  As defined in the bill, coercion includes anything that would cause a reasonable individual to suffer “emotional distress”, such as:

  • threatening or committing physical harm
  • threatening or filing for divorce
  • threatening or withdrawing financial support that had previously been supplied or offered
  • threatening or changing an existing housing or cohabitation arrangement

Coercion goes beyond what is listed here.  The term coerce means “to restrain or dominate by force; to compel to an act or choice.”1 It includes any psychological pressure, physical duress, verbal abuse or withdrawal of emotional support by loved ones.  Facilities who stand to gain by your decision may provide misleading or incomplete information, making coercion by providers common.  In a recent study, 84% of American women who had abortions stated they had not received adequate counseling beforehand2.

You have the right to unbiased counsel, free from external pressures.  Contact CompassCare for a free, confidential consultation.

  1. © 2011 Merriam-Webster Incorporated, http://www.merriam-webster.com
  2. Rue, V.M., Coleman, P. K., Rue, J. J. and Reardon, D. C. (2004). “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women.” Medical Science Monitor, 10(10), SR5-16.
  3. Emmons, Veen, Taub, Mortimer and Amos (March 16, 2006), House Bill No. 5882, A bill to amend 1931 PA 328, entitled “The Michigan penal code,” (MCL 750.1 to 750.568) by adding Section 15a.