Considering Abortion in Iowa?
You are not alone. Although an unplanned pregnancy can feel like a crisis, you probably have time. Abortion is legal in Iowa, for any reason, up to 20-weeks post-fertilization. Medical abortion, or the abortion pill, is approved up to 10 weeks. Take your time, get the facts, and think about your future.
Confirming the dating and viability of your pregnancy is an important first step. An obstetrical ultrasound is the most accurate way to confirm your pregnancy and determine how far along you are, which will help you better understand your options.
Ten to twenty percent of all known pregnancies end in miscarriage. This can happen anytime during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, but is most common in the first 13 weeks. Obstetrical ultrasound can verify that your pregnancy is viable, meaning the baby has a heartbeat and is likely to develop as expected. A baby’s heartbeat can be detected on ultrasound 6 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period.
After confirming the dating and viability of your pregnancy, get the facts. Talk with a trusted healthcare professional about the different abortion procedures available based on the age of your pregnancy. Understand the risks associated with abortion, as different procedures carry different risks.
Talk with your partner and trusted family and friends. Make a list of the reasons you feel like abortion is a good option for you and a list of the reasons you feel like abortion might not be a good option. Think about how much the different benefits and risks matter to you. Talking with people who have been in similar situations can also be helpful. Abortion Changes You is a website allowing men, women, and families to share their abortion experiences.
Consider other options. What would it look like to carry your pregnancy and parent or place for adoption? What reasons would influence you to choose or not choose these options? Comparing and contrasting your options on paper can be helpful.
Finally, think about your future. How will a decision to terminate your pregnancy affect the rest of your life? Will you look back in 5, 10, or 20 years and feel confident you made the right choice? Unplanned pregnancies can feel overwhelming. Take the time to be fully informed about your options and carefully consider the choice that is best for you.
Health care professionals at Obria Medical Clinic are ready to help you understand your options, walk you through the decision-making process, and confirm the dating and viability of your pregnancy with an ultrasound. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 515-620-5892.