Before you visit a Greenville abortion clinic or provider, we strongly encourage you to ask yourself these important health and safety questions:
- Have you confirmed your pregnancy? It’s important to be sure that you are pregnant; it is possible to receive a false indication of pregnancy. We are happy to provide a free pregnancy test at any of our clinics.
- Do you understand the risks involved in an abortion procedure? Abortion is a medical procedure and does involve the risk of physical harm. You have the legal right to be informed of the type of procedure you will receive, as well as any potential complications. Ask as many questions as you need, to make sure you understand all that is involved, physically and emotionally. (Please see our Side Effects of an Abortion blog for further info)
- Did you investigate the qualifications of your potential abortion provider? Find out the name of the doctor who will perform your abortion procedure, and confirm that he or she is a licensed physician and a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. Call and ask if the doctor has appropriate privileges to admit you to a hospital in the event that there is an emergency. Also, many states maintain public records about past medical malpractice judgments and settlements. Call your state medical licensing board or look at your state licensing board website (i.e. www.llronline.com for SC) to see if the doctor has been involved in any medical malpractice suits and where they have admitting privileges. Our team of experienced ladies are happy to assist you in this area to make sure you get the most qualified treatment.
- How are complications handled? Abortion providers may not provide any follow-up or emergency care, should complications arise. Our team may be able to help determine if your abortion doctor has admitting privileges to a hospital nearby should you require emergency care.
- Do you understand that it’s OK to change your mind? Abortion is your choice—meaning you can change your mind at any time. It’s OK to say, “I need more time to consider my decision,” if you are in the waiting room or even on the table prepped for your procedure. Don’t feel pressured to proceed just because you feel like you have to. It’s your body; you have the right to listen to your instincts.
- Do you understand that there are alternatives to abortion available? Parenting may sound overwhelming at first, but many women who have found themselves in your shoes have done it. Adoption is another alternative. We can help provide a network and support system whatever alternative you choose.