Common Questions

The Abortion Pill

RU-486 (The “Abortion Pill”)

The so-called “abortion pill” is actually a combination therapy consisting of two medications.

  • The first medication, called mifepristone, is a pill you take at the abortion clinic. This medication blocks the essential reproductive hormone, progesterone, initiating endometrial erosion.  This means the growing placenta and fetus are broken away from the lining of your uterus depriving your baby of the oxygen and nutrients he or she needs to survive.
  • The second medication, called misoprostol, is taken 1 to 2 days after mifepristone and causes the dilation of your cervix and induces contractions, cramping and heavy bleeding as your baby is expelled from your uterus. Most women abort within 4 to 5 hours of taking misoprostol, but severe bleeding and cramping can continue for several weeks. You may see large blood clots and fetal tissue/parts discharged from your vagina as the abortion takes place.

As with many new drugs, once they are marketed and used in thousands or even millions of individuals it is more likely that rare adverse effects or major complications can occur.  Some of these adverse effects range in severity from minor to life threatening.  In 2016, the FDA reported that there had been reports of a women who suffered from infection, heart attacks, and death.

As with all approved drugs, when the FDA receives new information regarding adverse events, the agency reviews the new information and, as appropriate, provides updates to doctors and their patients so that they have information on how to use the drug safely. read more

What Can Family Do?

What Can Family Do?

Is someone in your family facing an unplanned pregnancy?

Learn how you can be supportive.

It can be shocking to find out that your daughter, niece, sister, granddaughter or cousin is pregnant.  And once the shock wears off, you’ll probably experience a wide range of emotions.  But this life-changing experience is an opportunity for you to make a huge difference in the life us someone you love.

Call us to learn how you can help her.

Listen.

Try to set aside your feelings so you can truly hear what your family member is saying. Observe her emotional and physical health as pregnancy affects her. Remind her that this is not the end of her future. You can be a positive voice for her dreams, even if those dreams are changing. read more

What Can Friends Do?

What Can Friends Do?

Is your friend facing an unplanned pregnancy?

Learn how you can be supportive.

It’s nerve-racking to figure out the right thing to do or say when your friend is facing an unplanned pregnancy.  But the most meaningful way you can support her is simply to be there and offer her accurate information on her pregnancy options.  The best thing you can do right now is to:

Suggest help.

Keep calm.

Listen.

Let your friend speak when she wants and calmly listen.  She will be grateful for an open ear as she processes her emotions and the difficult choices ahead of her. read more

Common Questions About Pregnancy Options

Common Questions About Pregnancy Options

It’s normal to have a lot of questions about an unplanned pregnancy. It helps to talk with someone who understands.

At ACPC Women’s Clinic, we’re here to listen to you, support you and help you find answers.

Here are some of the most common questions we get about pregnancy options:

How do I know if I’m really pregnant?
  • Take a pregnancy test.
  • Get a free ultrasound.
  • Talk about pregnancy options with someone I can trust.
  • Learn about pregnancy symptoms from a medical professional.
  • Get support.

At ACPC, we will provide the confidential support and facts you need to make your decision. You can call right now.

What are my options?

  • Raising the baby.
  • Making an adoption plan.
  • Getting pills for plan B.
  • Getting an abortion.

Each of these choices is difficult. Making a choice means listening to your head and your heart. But you don’t have to do this alone. We will help you look at each option.

What do I need to know to make an informed decision?

  • Whether or not I am pregnant.
  • How far along I am.
  • The financial resources available to me.
  • My prenatal care options.
  • Information about adoption.
  • Information about abortion.

ACPC Women’s Clinic can provide you with free pregnancy testing and a free ultrasound.  We will also share objective information about parenting, adoption and abortion. read more