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If you’re like the average person then you’ve probably thought about sex before. It seems impossible to go a single day without hearing, seeing, or talking about sex. So, whether you are thinking about sex, planning on having sex or already had sex, then “The 411 on Sex” is just for you. You see, having sex isn’t as simple or “safe” as we are often led to believe. In fact there is a lot of misinformation out there that is hard to recognize as fake. We at Life Choices believe everyone needs to be able to spots the lies when it comes to sex. Hopefully this information will help you make the best choice for you.

 

Late Term Abortion Methods

D&E WHEN LIVE BIRTH IS POSSIBLE (FROM ABOUT 24 WEEKS AND UP)

This procedure typically takes 2-3 days and is associated with increased risk to the life and health of the mother. Because a live birth is possible, injections are given to cause fetal death. This is done in order to comply with the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 which requires that the fetus be dead before complete removal from the mother's body. The medications (digoxin and potassium chloride) are either injected into the amniotic fluid, the umbilical cord or directly into the fetus' heart. The remainder of the procedure is the same as the second trimester D&E. Fetal parts are reassembled after removal from the uterus to make sure nothing was left behind to cause infection.

An alternate technique, called "Intact D E" is also used. The goal is to remove the fetus in one piece, thus reducing the risk of leaving parts behind or causing damage to the woman's body. This procedure requires the cervix be opened wider; however, it is still often necessary to crush the fetus' skull for removal as it is difficult to dilate the cervix wide enough to bring the head out intact.

Immediate Risks

Abortion carries the risk of significant complications such as bleeding, infection and damage to organs. Serious medical complications occur infrequently in early abortions, but increase with later abortions.  There is evidence that induced abortion can be associated with significant loss of both emotional and physical health long term.

Getting complete information on the risks associated with abortion is limited due to incomplete reporting and the lack of record-keeping linking abortions to complications. The information that is available reports the following risks:

HEAVY BLEEDING: Some bleeding after abortion is normal. However, if the cervix is torn or the uterus is punctured, there is a risk of severe bleeding known as hemorrhaging. When this happens, a blood transfusion may be required.

INFECTION: Infection can develop from the insertion of medical instruments into the uterus or from fetal parts that are mistakenly left inside (known as an incomplete abortion). This may cause bleeding and/or a pelvic infection requiring antibiotics, and may result in the need for a surgical procedure to fully empty the uterus. Infection may cause scarring of the pelvic organs.

ANESTHESIA: Complications from general anesthesia used during abortion surgery may result in convulsions, heart complications and death, in extreme cases.

DAMAGE TO THE ORGANS: The cervix and/or uterus may be cut, torn or punctured by abortion instruments. This may cause excessive bleeding requiring surgical repair. Curettes and other abortion instruments may cause permanent scarring of the uterine lining. The risk of these types of complications increases with the length of the pregnancy. If complications occur, major surgery may be required, including removal of the uterus (known as a hysterectomy). If the uterus is punctured or torn, there is also a risk that damage may occur to nearby organs such as the bowel and bladder.

RH SENSITIZATION: Every pregnant woman should receive blood type testing to learn if her blood type is "Rh postitive" or "Rh negative". Pregnant women who are Rh negative should receive Rhogam, an injection given to prevent the formation of antibodies that may harm the baby. If an Rh negative woman does not receive Rhogam with each pregnancy, she may develop antibodies which can cause serious complications with he next pregnancy. Rhogam is needed for Rh negative women who undergo abortion.

DEATH: In extreme cases, complications from abortion (excessive bleeding, infection, organ damage from a perforated uterus and adverse reations to anesthesia) may lead to death. The risk of death immediately following an induced abortion performed at or below 8 weeks is extremely low (approxiamtely 1 in a million) but increases with length of pregnancy. From 8 weeks to 16-20 weeks, the risk of death increases 30 times, and from 8 weeks to 21 weeks and over, it increases 100 times (1 in 11,000).

Parenting

Choosing to parent can feel overwhelming. Often fear drives us away from considering parenting as an option. We are concerned about things like:

  • My boyfriend/husband doesn’t want the baby.
  • I’m too young!
  • I just can’t tell my family. 
  • I have no support.
  • How will I finish school?
  • I can’t afford a child.

Choosing to continue your pregnancy and to parent may feel overwhelming at first. The good news is that there are a lot of resources designed specifically to help people in your situation. Life Choices is ready to connect you with these important resources like: prenatal care, childbirth preparation classes, parenting classes, infant supplies and more to help you be successful in your choice to parent. Many women and men find the help they need to make this choice a positive one.

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