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If you’re considering an abortion for your unexpected pregnancy and want to learn more, we can help. Because abortion is a serious medical procedure, it’s important to spend time researching your options so you’re fully informed about all of the risks and potential side effects of abortion.
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There are two categories of abortion: medical and surgical.
A medical (or medication) abortion, commonly referred to as the “abortion pill,” involves taking a series of two pills to end and then expel the pregnancy. The first pill is often taken at the doctor’s office, and the second pill is typically taken at home at least 24 hours later. A medical abortion can be used up to the first ten weeks of pregnancy.
While the abortion pill is only FDA-approved up to the first ten weeks of pregnancy, surgical abortion does not have the same restrictions. Depending on how far along you are, there are different procedures, but all involve a surgical procedure to end the pregnancy.
Legal restrictions on abortion vary from state to state. For women under 18, Illinois law requires that a parent or guardian be notified of the abortion. In general, Illinois is considered to be less restrictive than many neighboring states. All women should feel safe and informed as they make decisions for their pregnancies.
If you’ve had an abortion and are struggling with unexpected emotions in the aftermath, we can help. Although abortion affects women differently, some women experience emotions like regret and guilt after abortions, but there is healing and hope! Learn more about available abortion recovery options and contact us with questions.