There have been a lot of rumors about what abortion is like, who pays for it, and the dangers of it. So, let’s have an open conversation on the truth about abortion. Take this as a fact-check on what some politicians (not naming names) have said about reproductive healthcare.
1. What is the abortion pill
There can be an abortion through medication. This is usually referred to as the abortion pill. This medicine is prescribed by a trained doctor. The pills end your pregnancy during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy and they expel the pregnancy tissue from the uterus. You take two pills up to 2 days apart and the pregnancy ends 24 hours after the second pill is taken.
2. In-clinic abortion
A doctor uses special instruments and a slight suction to remove the pregnancy. This is a procedure done in specific clinics, which is where the name comes from. Some states require previous visits before an in-clinic abortion. It can be a suction abortion or a dilation and evacuation abortion. Each case is different so talking to a doctor and learning about your options is the best way to go.
3. In-clinic abortion takes 10 mins
The actual procedure takes about 10 minutes to complete, but the visit can take up to a few hours. As most doctor visits do.
4. You cannot get an abortion right before the birth date
Most abortions are made before the 12th week of pregnancy.
5. Abortions are incredibly safe
Like all medication and medical procedures, there are some risks. But, overall abortions are incredibly safe. As long as they are done in proper clinics, such as Planned Parenthood.
6. Abortion does not cause infertility
Many people who have had abortions are able to conceive after. As I said, it is safe but it is always better to talk to a doctor.
7. No federal money goes towards abortion
The Hyde Amendment (introduced in 1976) prohibits any federal funds to go towards abortions. This means that people are still undergoing self-induced abortions and abortions in dangerous spaces instead of safe clinics because they cannot afford them. And Medicaid does not cover abortions even when the person’s health is at risk. The Hyde Amendment regulates the decisions made by people and their own bodies.
There are a lot of rumors surrounding abortion. But, going to a specialized clinic and talking to professionals is the best way to know what’s right for you. Having an open conversation about it will help us shut down all the lies spread about the topic. You can find more information on Planned Parenthood’s site.