For the last decade the right has chipped away at abortion access by making it more expensive, closing clinics, increasing waiting periods and decreasing gestational limits. But for 2019 Arizona abortion opponents are literally enacting a “death by a thousand paper cuts” agenda against legal abortion through their new paperwork and reporting requirements for doctors performing abortions. None of them are medically necessary, not a single question will provide any benefit to public health, and each one will dramatically raise the amount of resources a clinic uses per patient.
FAQ’s (frequently asked questions)
Is this confidential and private?
We are a private office in a medical office building and there are usually no protestors. All our records are completely confidential. No one can find out whether you were here unless you give us written permission to release your records (for instance, to your doctor for your follow
up care). We refuse to confirm appointments over the phone and will not acknowledge that you are a patient at the office unless you give us the OK.
Will the surgical abortion hurt?
We make every effort to insure that you will be as comfortable as possible during the surgical abortion. Most patients tell us that they have no memory of the procedure.
How safe is the abortion procedure?
Abortion is a very safe, quick procedure that has been perfected over the past 40 years. As long as abortion remains legal, it will remain safe. Complications are very rare. In fact, our clinic has a “very low” complication rate. Having an abortion has no impact on a woman’s future fertility, breast cancer risk or likelihood to experience mental health disorders. All forms of abortion – Medication, Aspiration, Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) and Induction have extremely low rates of complications.
I am still bleeding, and my follow-up appointment is today. Do I still show up?
Yes, most of our patients will be bleeding during their follow up. This is normal.
How much bleeding will I have after the abortion?
Again, this varies for every woman. Some women bleed for several days, others for several weeks. Some women do not bleed at all. We state that any bleeding is considered normal for 4-8 weeks after the abortion, unless, it is very heavy.
When will I have my next period?
If you begin using the Pill the Sunday after your abortion, you should expect your period on the 4th week, although it may not resemble your normal period. If you are not on the pill, you could get your period any time between 4-6 weeks after the abortion. It may take 2 cycles before your period resumes normally.
When can I resume normal activities?
Most women feel fine the day after the abortion. You may experience some cramping and bleeding, but you can return to work/school. You should monitor your own symptoms. If, after exercise or activity, you experience increased cramping or bleeding, you should rest. We ask you to refrain from intercourse until your birth control is effective.
Why can’t my boyfriend / partner / family / friend be with me in the examination room during the state mandated consent process?
Per Arizona Revised Statute Section 3, Section 36-2153, it is unlawful for any person to coerce a woman to undergo an abortion. https://www.azleg.gov/ars/36/02153.htm
In addition, for the safety of the Doctor and Staff, only patients are allowed in the back office.
Why can’t my boyfriend / partner / family / friend be in the procedure room with me?
We feel strongly that during surgery only medical personnel should be present in the operating room. Remember, our priority is the patient. Our concern is that your friend or
loved one may get nervous or anxious. We do not want anything to divert attention away from your medical needs.
Will a doctor be able to tell I had an abortion?
After an abortion, it takes approximately 1 week for your cervix to heal. After that time period, a physician most likely will not be able to tell you had an abortion. We strongly recommend that you inform your doctor of your complete medical history including abortions. If you feel your doctor may “judge” you, we can recommend very good Pro Choice gynecologists.
Why will I be at the office so long, if the procedure only takes 5-15 minutes?
To provide the best patient care possible, we don’t rush anything. There are forms to fill out, lab work, ultrasound, counseling, the procedure itself and recovery time. Each woman is treated as an individual and is given individualized care.
What would happen if Roe v Wade is overturned?
Arizona is one of 18 states that have laws that could be used to restrict the legality of abortion if Roe was overturned by the Supreme Court. Arizona has retained the abortion ban passed in the pre-Roe era, in some cases forbidding the procedure unless the life of the woman is at risk.
Helpful Information for Significant Others
If you have a friend or loved one who is having an abortion, we know you are concerned and have questions, therefore we have listed some of our most frequently asked questions below. Please remember you can do a lot to assist in this process.
It is very normal to experience sadness, apathy, or the “blues” after an abortion. This can be related to the drastic change in hormones in the body. Your friend or loved one may appear moody or tired, with an increase in appetite and perspiration. It is important to realize that these are normal and acceptable reactions.
Your friend or loved one may also feel a sense of relief that the problem she is having is resolved. Remember, less than 10% of women experience any serious adverse emotional responses after an abortion. Most women make this decision after much consideration. Have confidence that your friend or loved one is making the decision that is best for her.
After her abortion, they may need additional understanding and someone to listen to her talk about her thoughts and feelings. You can help by being non-judgmental and letting her know that you accept her feelings and that you are there to listen and provide support Additional helpful information for significant others can be found here.