FAQ’s About Abortion

Get the Facts Before You Decide



What are the signs of pregnancy?

Some common symptoms of early pregnancy include a missed period, nausea, breast tenderness, frequent urination, feeling tired and mood swings. Every woman and every pregnancy are different, so you may or may not experience common signs of pregnancy.

How fast does a fetus develop?

The rapid and unique development of a child may surprise you. By day 21, the heart is beating. A week later the backbone and muscles are forming. Arms, legs, eyes and ears have begun to show. By day 35, all five fingers can be discerned in the hand. The eyes darken as pigment is produced. Brain waves can be detected and recorded by day 40. In the seventh week, the embryo begins to move spontaneously. The jaw forms, including teeth buds in the gums.

In week 8, everything is now present that will be found in a fully developed adult. The heart has been beating for more than a month, the stomach produces digestive juices and the kidneys have begun to function. A week later, fingerprints are already evident in the skin. By the 10th week, the fetus can squint, swallow and wrinkle its forehead. In just the 12th week of pregnancy, the fetus is turning its head, curling its toes and opening and closing its mouth.

Find out more about Fetal Development

Are abortions safe?

Abortion is not just a simple medical procedure. For many women, it is a life-changing event with significant physical, emotional and spiritual consequences.

Some side effects may occur with induced (elective) abortion. These include abdominal pain and cramping, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Complications may happen in as many as 1 out of every 100 early abortions and in about 1 out of every 50 later-term abortions.

What are some abortion-related health complications?

Physical complications include heavy bleeding, infection, incomplete abortion, tearing of the cervix, scarring of the uterine lining, damage to internal organs and increased risk of miscarriage.

I am feeling pressured to have an abortion. What do I do?

Remember, no one can force you to have an abortion against your will, even as a minor. If you are being told that you have to abort, please give us a call.

Why am I not happy after having my abortion?

You are not alone. Many women experience strong negative emotions after abortion. Sometimes this occurs within days and sometimes it happens after many years. This psychological response is known as Post-Abortion Stress (PAS). Read more about PAS and its symptoms.

Will abortion affect me spiritually?

Having an abortion affects more than just your body and your mind. Find out how abortion has affected others spiritually.

I think I’m pregnant. What do I do? Where should I go?

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can seem overwhelming. That is why knowing where to go for help is important. Talk to someone you can trust – the caring people at The Pregnancy Centers are available and trained to help you through this difficult time.