Abortion InformationFree information on abortion in Michigan
Are you pregnant and considering abortion in Michigan? Life Resources of Northern Michigan understands the difficulty of facing an unexpected pregnancy and we’re here to help with no-cost and confidential services.
MEDICAL ABORTION MICHIGAN
Medication termination1,2 (also called the abortion pill) can be taken up to 70 days (10 weeks pregnant) after the start of your last menstrual period.
- It’s called RU-486 and was approved by the FDA in 2000; it is also called a medical or chemical abortion.
- The pill is actually two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, taken in two separate doses.
- It is usually taken between 4-6 weeks but can be taken up to 11 weeks in most cases.
- It is not an option for people with certain medical conditions.
- The abortion pill is not the same as the emergency contraceptive, The Morning After Pill or Plan B One Step.
- Abortion pill reversal is possible if action is taken after the first dose. Learn more about abortion pill reversal.
SURGICAL ABORTION MICHIGAN
Vacuum Aspiration/Suction Curettage3,4 – Up through 13 weeks LMP. Most early surgical terminations are performed using this method. Local anesthesia is typically used to reduce pain. The abortion involves opening the cervix, passing a tube inside the uterus, and attaching it to a suction device which pulls the embryo out.
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)5,6 – 14 weeks LMP and up. Most second trimester terminations are performed using this method. Local anesthesia, oral, or intravenous pain medications and sedation are commonly used. General anesthesia may be used, if available. Besides the need to open the cervix much wider, the main difference between this procedure and a first trimester abortion is the use of forceps to grasp fetal parts and remove the baby in pieces. D&E is associated with a much higher risk of complications compared to a first trimester surgical abortion.
D&E After Viability7-9 – 21 weeks LMP and up. This procedure typically takes 2–3 days and is associated with increased risk to the life and health of the mother. General anesthesia is usually recommended, if available. Drugs may be injected into the fetus or the amniotic fluid to stop the baby’s heart before starting the procedure. The cervix is opened wide, the amniotic sac is broken, and forceps are used to dismember the fetus. The “Intact D&E” pulls the fetus out legs first, then crushes the skull in order to remove the fetus in one piece.
WHY IS AN ULTRASOUND IMPORTANT BEFORE ABORTION?
Confirm pregnancy with an ultrasound before an abortion. Learn more about your pregnancy and your options.
Pregnancy tests are not always conclusive. The test responds to a hormone released by a pregnant woman’s body called HCG. Although your HCG levels may be elevated, your pregnancy might not be viable, as about over 20% of all pregnancies end in natural miscarriage10. Ultrasound is the most reliable method of detecting pregnancy viability.
FIND OUT GESTATIONAL AGE
If you’re considering an abortion, the type and cost of the procedure you will be eligible to receive is dependent on the gestational age of your pregnancy. An ultrasound exam will provide this information. We provide no-cost pregnancy testing and ultrasound* to confirm and date pregnancy. *Eligibility is required.
SAVE YOURSELF MONEY – NO COST
Even non-profit abortion providers charge fees for all of their services. Non-profit abortion clinics may use a “sliding scale” payment schedule that is based on your income, but you will have fees you will have to either pay yourself, submit to insurance, or apply to Medicaid.
All of our services are free and confidential, regardless of financial circumstances. We exist to provide accurate medical information and support to women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy.
Abortion Laws Michigan
24 HOUR WAITING PERIOD
The state of Michigan mandates a 24-hour waiting period before your abortion.
IF YOU’RE A MINOR
If you are under the age of 18, Michigan state law requires you to have a parent consent to an abortion procedure.
Abortions performed at or after viability are banned, but exceptions are made in cases where the pregnancy is putting the mother’s life or health at severe risk.
Information taken from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2016). “Mifeprex Medication Guide.” U.S. Department of Health. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information
3. Paul, M., Lichtenberg, E. S., Borgatta, L., Grimes, D. A., Stubblefield, P. G., & Creinin, M. D. (2009). First Trimester Aspiration Abortion. In Management of unintended and abnormal pregnancy: Comprehensive abortion care (pp. 135-156).
4. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. (2014). In-Clinic Abortion Procedures : Planned Parenthood. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
5. Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. (2014). In-Clinic Abortion Procedures : Planned Parenthood. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
6. Paul, M., Lichtenberg, E. S., Borgatta, L., Grimes, D. A., Stubblefield, P. G., & Creinin, M. D. (2009). Dilation and Evacuation. In Management of unintended and abnormal pregnancy: Comprehensive abortion care (pp. 157-74). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
7. Paul, M., Lichtenberg, E. S., Borgatta, L., Grimes, D. A., Stubblefield, P. G., & Creinin, M. D. (2009). Dilation and Evacuation. In Management of unintended and abnormal pregnancy: Comprehensive abortion care (pp. 157-74). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
8. American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (2013). Practice Bulletin: Second-Trimester Abortion (135).
9. Pasquini, L., et al. Intracardiac injection of potassium chloride as method for feticide: Experience from a single U.K. tertiary centre. Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 2008;115(4):528–31.