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Abortion Assistance: Do You Know the Answer to These 3 Questions?

Abortion Assistance: Do You Know the Answer to These 3 Questions?

You may find yourself in an unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion. There are 3 important pieces of information that you need to have before you can make a decision about that pregnancy and what kind of abortion you are eligible for.

 

Question #1: Are Your Really Pregnant?

The first bit of information that you need to know is if you’re really pregnant. 31% of pregnancies end on their own before 8 weeks. Here in our office, we will give you a clinical pregnancy test to determine if you are really pregnant.

Question #2: How Far Along Are You?

The second piece of information you need is to know how far along you are. The cost and the type of abortion procedure you would be eligible for are greatly affected by how far along your pregnancy is. The only sure way to know that is to do an ultrasound. Here in our office, we would do an ultrasound to determine the gestational age of your pregnancy.

Question #3: Do You Have an STD?

The third piece of information that’s very important is that you need to know if you have an STD. Having an abortion with an untreated STD can cause great risk to your future reproductive health, and we want to help protect that.

Being pregnant when you didn’t intend to is overwhelming and brings with it a lot of questions. The partiality of abortion clinics, personal doubts, and political arguments about abortion don’t have to cloud your judgement. You can have the confidence to make an educated, informed choice about this pregnancy. The choice is yours, but you don’t have to make it alone.

Please call 585.232.3894 or book an appointment online to set up your free, one-hour pre-abortion appointment with a caring, professional nurse.

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Take a Deep Breath

Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy today?  No doubt you feel like you need to resolve this crisis quickly.  The nurses at CompassCare understand how you’re feeling.  Meet Kathy.

 

“I understand that you’re pregnant and that’s a scary thing for you, and that your feeling like you have all of these plans in front of you that you were hoping to do this year and that’s kind of up in the air now that you’re pregnant – and you don’t want to trade that off for a baby. On the other hand, this is reality. So I’m encouraging you to just think about it for awhile, and don’t feel pressured into making a choice before you’re ready to make a choice. Why don’t we talk about what the options are? We’ll think about it for a little bit so that you’re not facing feeling regret; making a decision in the spur of the moment under the pressure of circumstances in life right now and all of the voices that come against you right now. This is your decision. This is your life. And we’re here to help support you in processing your options and finding what will work for you.

“My name is Kathey Mauer and I’m a staff nurse at CompassCare in Rochester.”

Kathy Mauer and our other nurses are ready to talk with you.  Schedule a free appointment today.

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.

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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.