Abortion Procedures

If you are considering an abortion, you should take the time to become fully informed about all aspects of an abortion. Abortion carries the risk of significant complications. Serious medical complications occur infrequently in early abortions, but increase with later abortions.

You have the right to be fully informed about your pregnancy options and other concerns that might affect your decision and your health. Lighthouse provides free and confidential services to ensure that you have accurate information when making your decision; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services.

We are here to help you talk through all your options. For more information or to make an appointment please CALL/TEXT us at 201-677-2394 or e-mail help@lighthouseprc.org.

Chemical or Medication Abortion Procedures

Commonly referred to as the “Abortion Pill,” a chemical abortion causes the termination of a pregnancy by using a combination of medications. The protocol approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows this type of abortion up to 10 weeks after the LMP. It is commonly used “off label” up to 63 days (nine weeks) from the last menstrual period. The FDA-approved procedure usually requires two office visits. given two medications. The first is mifepristone, which causes the death of the embryo in 48-72 hours. She is then instructed to take the second medication (misoprostol) in two days.  The misoprostol causes uterine contractions and cramping to expel the embryo from the uterus. The second visit will include an ultrasound to determine if the procedure has been completed.

What if you change your mind?  If you have only taken the first medication, the mifepristone, and are having second thoughts about your decision, it may not be too late to change your mind.  Some doctors have found that using a natural progesterone, off-label, can reverse the effects of the abortion pill. For many, this has resulted in successfully carrying their babies to term and the delivery of healthy infants.  The abortion pill reversal is only possible after the first medication (mifepristone) of a medical abortion has been taken. Among medical professionals, there is some controversy regarding this procedure. Research has been done and continues to be conducted on the use of progesterone for this purpose, so it is important for women to be under the care of a medical professional and not to attempt to reverse the effects of the abortion pill on their own.    

For more information go to abortionpillreversal.com or call their hotline: 877-558-0333.

Chemical abortions are contraindicated for individuals with certain medical conditions. Consult with your own healthcare provider to understand your personal risks.

Risks associated with medication abortion include:


Surgical Abortion Procedures


There are several types of surgical abortion procedures2. First Trimester - the first 12 weeks of pregnancy from LMP.
Suction Aspiration (also called Manual Vacuum Aspiration or Mini Vac)

Dilation and Curettage (D&C) with Vacuum Aspiration (also called Suction Curettage)

Second Trimester - the next 13 to 28 weeks of pregnancy

Dilation and Curettage (D&C) Procedure described above can be done up to 14 weeks after LMP.
Dilation and Evacuation Abortion (D&E):

To better understand all your options, please contact Lighthouse Pregnancy Resource Center today for a free, confidential appointment.

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1 U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Mifeprex package insert. Vaginal bleeding. Available at http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2005/020687s013lbl.pdf. Accessed February 12, 2011.

2 All surgical abortion procedure information was excerpted from: Paul M, Lichtenberg S, Borgatta L, Grimes DA, Stubblefield PG, Creinin MD, eds. Management of Unintended and Abnormal Pregnancy: Comprehensive Abortion Care. UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2009.