Do I need “proof of pregnancy” before an abortion?
While a drugstore pregnancy test is convenient, it cannot provide the health and medical information needed to schedule an abortion. Before you book at an out of state abortion clinic, we can save you time and money but providing proof of pregnancy via ultrasound to verify viability (if the pregnancy is able to continue) and how far along you are. We can also provide lab-quality urine pregnancy testing if you think you might be pregnant. This test detects the presence of the hormone hCG, which the body produces during pregnancy.
A limited ultrasound can be performed as early as 5.5 weeks from a woman’s last menstrual period. It is the only definitive way to diagnose a healthy, progressing pregnancy.
During an ultrasound scan, a medical professional will ensure the pregnancy is occurring inside
the uterus, look for and measure the heart rate, and measure the fetus to establish an estimated due date. An ultrasound can also rule out an ectopic pregnancy. This scan is quick and provides valuable information to aid in your decision-making process. It is important to note that our limited ultrasounds do not diagnose fetal abnormalities or gender.
Note: Before you leave Texas or order abortion pills, having an ultrasound performed can prevent unnecessary cost and can protect your health and safety. Taking the abortion pill if the pregnancy is ectopic is extremely dangerous.
If you are considering abortion, an ultrasound is an essential step in the decision making process. Women at our center are often further along than they think. If you are more than 11 weeks pregnant, have certain health conditions, or are experiencing an ectopic pregnancy you are not eligible for the abortion pill. The above factors, along with the type of pregnancy you are experiencing will determine the cost of an abortion. As a 501c3 non-profit that does not provide or refer for abortion services, we never profit from your pregnancy decision, but can provide cost-free care and pregnancy support.
Note: In some cases, the ultrasound will show a nonviable pregnancy (meaning the pregnancy will not continue to develop). If you are experiencing a miscarriage, you should not take abortion pills or schedule an abortion clinic procedure. Our team is well-trained to support and refer you for further medical care.
Choosing an abortion without all the facts, or without taking a glimpse into what is happening inside your body could negatively impact your health. A limited obstetric scan can save you from the possible physical, mental, and emotional effects that an abortion decision can have on your overall health.
If you are pregnant and wanting support during or after your pregnancy, we can help. We provide free classes, parenting education, pregnancy support, material aid, and more.
Our goal is to help you learn about your options, your pregnancy, and your health in a pressure-free environment.