Abortion Information

Abortion Texas

If you’re considering taking abortion pills or getting an in-clinic abortion, we provide information on what to do before abortion and free services to help you make an informed decision. We provide information on gestation and abortion procedure methods. Loreto House understands the difficulty of facing an unplanned pregnancy. We’re here to help with free and confidential services in Denton, Texas. No insurance needed.

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ABORTION METHODS

MEDICAL ABORTION

Medication abortion (also called the abortion pill, Mifeprex™) is FDA approved for up to 70 days (10 weeks pregnant) after the start of your last menstrual period.

Note: In Texas, medication abortion is not allowed after a fetal heartbeat is detected (usually around 6 weeks of pregnancy).

SURGICAL ABORTION

Vacuum Aspiration/Suction Currettage3,4 – Up through 13 weeks LMP. Most early surgical abortions 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 suction device which pulls the embryo out.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)5,6 – 14 weeks LMP and up. Most second trimester abortions 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.

PREGNANCY VERIFICATION

Pregnancy tests are not always conclusive. Tests respond 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 10-20% of all pregnancies end in natural miscarriage.10 Ultrasound is a 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 free pregnancy testing and ultrasound in Denton, Texas to confirm and date pregnancy. Eligibility is required.
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SAVE YOURSELF MONEY

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 Medicare or Medicaid.

All of our services are 100% free and confidential. Loreto House in Denton is a non-profit organization that is free for everyone, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Abortion Laws Texas

AS OF JULY 1ST, 2022, THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS WERE IN PLACE:

  • All methods of abortion (telemedicine, abortion pill, suction abortion, and D&E abortions) are currently banned.
  • Exceptions are made only in cases where the mother’s life or health is severely endangered by her pregnancy.

Before you travel out of state for an abortion, find out how far along in pregnancy you are with our free ultrasound services. This information will help determine the type of abortion procedure(s) available to you, allowing you to have the information you need. 

REFERENCES
MEDICAL ABORTION

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

1. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information

2. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information

SURGICAL ABORTIONS

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.

PREGNANCY VERIFICATION

10. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pregnancy-loss-miscarriage/symptoms-causes/syc-20354298#:~:text=About%2010%20to%2020%20percent,even%20know%20about%20a%20pregnancy

ABORTION LAWS TEXAS

86(R) HB 1500 – Introduced version – Texas
(b)AANotwithstanding Section 71.010, Civil Practice and Remedies Code, a woman who prevails in an action described by Subsection (a) may: (1)AAelect damages in the amount of $10,000 or an amount
capitol.texas.gov

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