At Bella, we do not refer for abortions of any type, but we will provide you with accurate information regarding these procedures and their possible side-effects. Abortion is a serious medical procedure that can affect your physical and mental health. It could affect the rest of your life. South Dakota law now requires any provider of abortion procedures to tell you about the nature of the physical and emotional risks of an abortion procedure. South Dakota law also mandates that a woman who is seeking an abortion must be told that she is willingly putting herself at a higher risk of suicide and depression and that in choosing to end the life of her child she is terminating an ‘existing relationship’ that is protected by the US constitution and that her “existing constitutional rights with regards to that relationship will be terminated.” Also doctors in South Dakota are required to ask a woman seeking an abortion if she wants to see a sonogram (ultrasound) of her baby.
*South Dakota Codified Law 34-23A-1.2 Legislative findings—Termination of life. The Legislature finds that all abortions, whether surgically or chemically induced, terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.*
*South Dakota Codified Law 34-23A-10.3 requires the Department of Health to Provide printed materials designed to give basic information about fetal growth and development from the time of conception through birth. The booklet includes pictures, illustrations and drawings at two week increments along with relevant information about the possibility of the unborn infant’s survival.
The right to choose includes the right to know. http://www.optionline.org/questions/considering-abortion/
The Bella Pregnancy Resource Center has answers to the following commonly asked questions:
- What will happen to me during an abortion?
- What are the different types of abortion?
- Will it hurt?
- What does the fetus look like right now?
- What can he or she do?
- Can he or she feel pain?
- What legal rights do I have before & after a abortion?
- Can anyone force me to have a abortion?
- What are the possible physical complications and emotional consequences following a abortion?
- What other alternatives do I have?
You also have the right to know that:
There are several different types of abortion procedures. The procedure used depends upon the stage of pregnancy and the size of the baby. As a result of abortion, the following physical complications could occur:
- excessive bleeding
- perforation of the uterus
- cervical lacerations
- increased risk for future miscarriages and sterility
- increased risk for breast cancer
In addition, after an abortion, many women experience one or more of the following emotional consequences, some of which might take several years to surface:
- long-term grief reactions
- anniversary reactions
- broken relationships
If you are pregnant, and considering abortion, you have the right to know how an abortion could affect you physically and/or emotionally. Contact Bella today for the information you need to make an informed choice.
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