Abortion is a life changing event – a decision that should not be made quickly. There are physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences of abortion that may have life long effects for you and your family. We encourage you to consider all the information available to you before making a decision.
Here are a few things you should know:
- Texas Law requires a doctor to notify a parent of a patient who is less than 18 years of age (a minor) before the minor can have an abortion. In some cases, the court, may grant a waiver, but this can take time.
- The PHCOL encourages you to talk to your mom or dad about your unexpected pregnancy and get their guidance and encouragement. If you cant talk to them, we can help you.
- Texas Law requires the abortion doctor, or clinic, to wait 24 hours from the time you first contact their office to the time they actually perform the abortion. This wait period is designed to allow you time to discuss options and risks with your doctor or a trusted center like the PHCOL listed in the “Woman’s Right to Know” pamphlet.
- You can receive the Woman’s Right to Know brochure, written by a bi-party panel sanctioned by the State of Texas, from our office. This pamphlet is free of charge.
- Texas Law requires that an abortion facility make an ultrasound available to you prior to performing an abortion as an ultrasound is the only way to verify a viable pregnancy. Many abortion facilities will increase your cost to compensate for the ultrasound.
- You can receive a FREE limited obstetrical ultrasound from the PHCOL. We will determine if there is a baby located in the uterus, if there is the presence of a heartbeat, and determine how far along your pregnancy has progressed.
- It is important to ask questions and get all the information that you need before making your decision.
- Right now, Texas Law allows you to make the choice to have an abortion if you so desire. However, you should clearly understand what this choice entails both short and long term. A Pregnancy Help Center Mentor can spend as much time with you as you need. You aren’t truly making a choice, if you don’t know what all your choice will entail.
Her are some questions to ask yourself before choosing abortion:
How well developed is my baby?
- After an ultrasound determines the gestational age of your baby, it is important to learn about your baby’s development. Is it formed like a baby yet? Is there a heartbeat? We have lots of educational tools to help you learn about your baby’s development and encourage you to take the time to educate yourself. For example, did you know that within 3 weeks after conception, your baby’s heart has already started beating?
What would make abortion wrong for me?
- You are the one who will have to live with your decision to terminate your pregnancy. Therefore, you owe it to yourself to examine this question thoroughly. If any component of abortion causes you to believe you are doing the wrong thing, you should give pause before deciding.
Do I know how the baby will be removed from my body?
- While an explanation of the procedure can be difficult to hear, it is important to know and understand what procedure will be used and how the procedure is performed. It is imperative that you educate yourself in this area before you choose.
Am I comfortable with how the procedure is done?
- If the description or explanation of the procedure is difficult for you to hear, this may indicate that you are not comfortable with how the procedure is done. This is important for you to consider as you will not be able to undo your choice.
Is there another option that is better for me and my baby?
- For someone experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, none of the choices available to you may feel right in the beginning. Your fears, anxiety, and stress may be causing you to consider something that otherwise you wouldn’t do. STOP for a moment and weigh the pros and cons of each choice: parenting, adoption, and abortion. After considering all the consequences of each choice, choose the one that you believe would bring you the least amount of pain and suffering in the long run.
- Your future is worth making the positive choice available.