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Mabel's Voices Project

Abortion Care

“There aren’t 'women who have abortions’ and ‘women who have babies.' Those are the same women at different points in their lives.”
-Rachel Atkins, PA, MPH, Exec. Dir. VWHC

Making the Decision to Have an Abortion

If you are pregnant, you have three choices: abortion, parenting, or adoption. If you want an abortion, you can make an appointment at Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center. If you choose to continue the pregnancy, you can call us to make an appointment for your first prenatal visit. If you want to know more about adoption, we can tell you where to call for more information. If you are not sure what you want to do about your pregnancy, you can make an appointment for counseling. We believe in a woman’s right to know all of her options, and we trust her to make the decision that is right for her.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there more than one kind of abortion?
Yes, at Mabel Wadsworth Center we offer both suction and medication abortions. Suction abortions are available to women who are within their first trimester (up to 12 weeks 6 days from their last normal period) of their pregnancy. We also offer medication abortions to those women who are within the first 63 days (9 weeks) of their pregnancy.

How do I make an appointment for an abortion?
All you have to do is call us at 1-800-948-5337. A phone consultation takes 10-15 minutes as we need to get your basic information, address, and a contact number. We will also ask you about your medical history and the first day of your last normal menstrual period (LMP). We will need to know whether your blood type is negative or positive – if you do not have this information we will make arrangements for you to receive a blood test. Women with negative blood types need an additional medication, Rhogam, after every pregnancy.

Does an abortion hurt?
Yes, but we can help. Some women describe the pain as similar to very heavy period cramps. Others say it much worse. Depending on the type of abortion, medication or suction, the amount of time a woman experiences pain is different. Throughout the duration of a medical abortion you will have periods of intense cramping. During the suction abortion you will feel strong and often sharp cramps for about 5 or 6 minutes. We give you medications to help alleviate the pain.

How much does an abortion cost?
At Mabel Wadsworth Center medication abortions cost $550.00 and suction abortions cost $500.00. The fee is required upfront and includes all counseling, ultrasounds, and medications. It also covers a follow-up visit 2 to 4 weeks after the abortion. A $100, non-refundable, deposit must be received one week before your abortion appointment. If you need to have blood drawn to determine your blood type, you will receive a bill from the lab. Also if you require Rhogam it will be an additional cost of about $30.

Is there any financial assistance available?
YES. For eligible women (eligibility is based on income, household size etc...), there are limited funds available to assist with the cost of an abortion. Ask about this funding when making your appointment.

Can I have an abortion if I am under 18 years old?
Yes, Maine State Law requires women under 18 years old to talk with an adult about their decision to have an abortion. This can be an adult relative or a staff member at the Center.

Is abortion safe?
Yes, both medication and suction abortions are very safe procedures. As with any medical procedure there are risks of infection or bleeding but these are extremely rare.

When will I get my next period?
You should get your period within 4 to 8 weeks after your abortion. If you decide to take hormonal birth control (the pill, patch, ring etc…) you will get your period within 21st and 28th day of your abortion.

How will having an abortion affect my emotions?
A lot of women feel relieved to be able to return to their normal lives. It is also normal for women to feel a range of emotions like grief, loss, sadness, and anger. We tell women to talk to friends and family about their feelings, or call and talk to us if needed. Most women do not have long-term emotional difficulties from having an abortion.

If you worry about how you will feel after the abortion, talking to someone about your feelings is helpful. Deciding to have an abortion is a choice—you should not have an abortion because you feel you have no option. It is very important that your decision to have an abortion is YOUR choice, and not forced upon you by someone else.

Do you have information about birth control?
Yes, we can discuss birth control options with you on the phone, at your appointment, or at your follow-up.

Are your services confidential?
Your privacy is important to us and we take confidentiality seriously. No one will be able to look at your records without your written permission or legal authorization. We can also discuss ways to keep phone calls and mail confidential as well.

More information

If you want more information about abortion, please contact us at (207) 947-5337 or 1-800-948-5337.

We also recommend the following websites:

www.prochoice.org
www.4exhale.org
www.abortionconversation.com
http://www.pregnancyoptions.info/pregnant.htm
www.ourbodiesourselves.org

Please be aware that if you search the internet for information on abortion, you may come across sites designed by anti-abortion groups who give misleading information to keep you from choosing an abortion.

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