How Much Does an Abortion Cost?

How much does an abortion cost?
How much does an abortion cost?

How Much Does an Abortion Cost?

The cost of an abortion will vary greatly depending on factors.

One of the most frequent questions asked by those facing an unplanned pregnancy is “How much does an abortion cost?”  If that’s you, you may be surprised to find there is a wide range of answers.  That’s because the cost of an abortion will vary greatly depending on factors such as age of pregnancy (how far along you are), type of abortion, whether you request pain meds or sedation, the type of facility you choose, the type of medical provider, and so on.  The cost could be a few hundred dollars or a few thousand.  Among those factors, finding out the age of your pregnancy is an important first step. Fortunately, there is a way you can find that information at no cost to you.  There are women’s health care clinics in most cities that will provide you with a free ultrasound, which will give you the information you need to predict the abortion cost.

Many women rely on their LMP (last menstrual period) to determine how far along they might be.  Your LMP is a good place to start, but it is not always accurate.  An ultrasound is the most accurate method for dating a pregnancy.  Medical abortions are typically available for dates up to 10-11 weeks, while surgical options are typically necessary beyond that mark.  As you might expect, a medical abortion (series of pills) is less expensive than a surgical one.  Furthermore, as a pregnancy progresses, surgical abortions increase in price.  That’s why accurately dating a pregnancy is so important. It will affect the overall abortion cost.

In addition to helping you date your pregnancy, there is other important information that a free ultrasound can provide.  For one thing, it can help your medical provider rule out an ectopic pregnancy.  An ectopic pregnancy is one located outside of the uterus and is a medical emergency.  It can also help you discover whether your pregnancy is progressing by looking for a heartbeat.  If there is no heartbeat, you might be experiencing a miscarriage . 

One area women sometimes fail to think about when calculating the cost of an abortion is follow up care.  It is important to ask a medical provider about their policies and pricing for follow up visits.  Sometimes things do not go as planned and women need additional medical services.  There are risks to both types of abortion and it is important to know if follow up visits are included and what the overall abortion costs might be if there are complications. 

So if you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and wondering about the cost of an abortion, consider finding a place to get a free ultrasound before you do anything else.  At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic in Newport News we provide pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and STI testing; and we provide those services at no cost to you!  We also offer options consultations, so you will have a safe space to talk about your options with a trained client advocate.  Call us today or click here to schedule your medical appointment.

By Sheri, Client Advocate

May 3, 2022

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Do I Need an Ultrasound Before Taking The Abortion Pill?

Do I need an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill?
Do I need an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill?

Do I need an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill?

Whatever decision you make is lifelong, so don’t make a decision while in “panic mode.”

You’re looking at a positive pregnancy test. But what if you don’t want to be pregnant? A telehealth appointment and the abortion pill may seem like the ideal – and quick – solution to your unplanned pregnancy. But what about an ultrasound? Do you even need an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill?

Let’s think about this. Actually, let’s look at it from a different angle altogether.

So if you have a dentist appointment, and the dentist says he is going to pull one of your teeth, would you let him do that without telling you why it needs to be pulled, which tooth, and what the complications might be? So, let’s ask an even crazier question. If you talked to a dentist on the phone and he told you he needed to pull the tooth and he’s never even seen you in person, would you let him give you instructions on how to pull the tooth yourself? The obvious answer is no way

So then why would you take pills to have an abortion at home without seeing a medical provider and knowing some very important details?

For example:

  • Where is the pregnancy located? Is it in the uterus? If not, the abortion pill will not work for that pregnancy. Not to mention if the pregnancy is not in the uterus, it is called an ectopic pregnancy which is considered a medical emergency – meaning evaluation by a doctor ASAP. And the only way to know this is to have an ultrasound done before taking the abortion pill.
  • Is there a heartbeat? Why would you pay for a service that could be a financial hardship and may not be needed? Last year 33 of the women that came into our clinic wanting information about abortion left either with a negative pregnancy test or found out they were miscarrying. If they had not come in, they likely would have taken the abortion pill and potentially struggled with the after-effects like depression or regret, which can occur after having an abortion.
  • And finally, how far along are you in your pregnancy? To know that you need to know your EGA or estimated gestational age. This is a very important piece of information if you are planning on taking the abortion pill. The fact is that the further you are in your pregnancy the less effective these pills are at ending the pregnancy, especially without complications. The first pill, mifepristone, is only FDA-approved for 70 days or less since the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period (LMP) – that is 10 weeks.  So, that means you don’t want to be guessing or assuming your period came when it ‘normally’ does when taking abortion pills. It just isn’t safe. So why risk by guessing at all? You can know your EGA by having an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill.

I would encourage you to slow down for a minute and consider coming in to see us at Alcove Health where all our services are free – including our ultrasounds.

It is very rare that we make good decisions when we are stressed, pressured, or surprised by unexpected news. Not having all the information we need to make an informed decision can put us in a place of regret in the future. The “what-ifs” and “if I had known” thoughts play in our heads on repeat. Whatever decision you make is lifelong, so don’t make a decision while in “panic mode.” We want to be the safe place for you to slow down, talk, process your feelings, and consider your next steps with accurate medical information so you can make the best decision for your reproductive health. Call us today or click here to request an appointment.

By Kinta, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

April 26, 2022

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Can I Get The Medical Abortion Pill After 10 Weeks?

Can I get the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks?
Can I get the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks?

Can I Get The Medical Abortion Pill After 10 Weeks?

Take the time to seek out answers and think through this pregnancy decision.

The “Abortion Pill” is a combination of two different medications to terminate a pregnancy. Mifepristone works by blocking progesterone from the pregnancy, and misoprostol causes cramping & bleeding to expel the pregnancy. If you’re considering getting the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks, you first need some information and an ultrasound.

Using the mifepristone and misoprostol combination in a medical abortion beyond 10 weeks gestation is not approved by the FDA. That’s calculated as 70 days since the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP). Some abortion providers would have you think otherwise, though. Planned Parenthood advertises that you can take the mifepristone up to 11 weeks gestation, thus allowing the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks – despite the FDA’s guidelines.

What’s the big deal you ask?  Mifepristone is a drug in a special category called REMS – Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy. REMS is a drug safety program that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can require for certain medications with serious safety concerns. They have tightly controlled guidelines that must be practiced. They include:

1) The medication must be prescribed by a certified healthcare provider who meets certain qualifications, including signing a Prescriber Agreement Form.

2) The healthcare provider must obtain a signed Patient Agreement Form from the patient after counseling. 

3) Pharmacies that dispense mifepristone must be certified.

The FDA requires numerous tests and studies to develop an approved regimen for medication usage, and when the drugs are used outside of these national safety standards, it could be dangerous. Planned Parenthood has designed its own plan, to use the medications “off label.” They promote doubling the dose of misoprostol (the second medication involved in a medical abortion) to ensure that when a patient takes the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks the pregnancy will be completely terminated. The patient would then experience double the heavy cramping and increased bleeding with clots.

In 2021, the FDA modified the safety terms to allow the purchase of mifepristone over the internet. It was originally designed to be prescribed in person, and these safeguards were removed to allow for more access to abortion during the ongoing COVID pandemic.

Nevertheless, patients still require some laboratory tests before receiving this medication. Full disclosure of the necessary information needed includes:

1) assessment of the duration of the pregnancy

2) confirmation of no ectopic pregnancy

Other important safety considerations include:

    • Ensuring the pregnancy is viable (presence of a heartbeat)
    • Having access to surgical abortion in the case of unsuccessful termination
    • Counseling regarding the known effects of misoprostol in the event of an unsuccessful abortion
    • Blood Rh testing in case immunoglobulin needs to be administered

Medical abortion failure rates increase as the pregnancy approaches 10 weeks gestation and beyond. Medical abortions are most effective under nine weeks gestation – between 94-96%.  Medical abortion effectiveness decreases to 93% at 10 weeks. If given up to 11 weeks, the rate decreases again to 87% effective at terminating the pregnancy. Of course, if the termination is not complete, then a surgical procedure is required.

Alcove Health Women’s Clinic can provide valuable medical answers as you are trying to make a pregnancy decision. Our free and confidential services can provide you with:

1) the location of the pregnancy (ensure that it’s not ectopic)

2) the age of the pregnancy (needs to be under 10 weeks for medical abortion)

3) the viability of the pregnancy (ensure you’re not miscarrying)

4) STI testing (abortions can provide an opportune time for infections to spread into the reproductive organs & to the fetus)

5) education regarding abortion, its risks, and follow up needs

6) local medical referrals

This is your reproductive health we’re talking about. These facts are important to your physical health, your emotional health, and your finances! If you’re considering taking the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks, first take the time to seek out answers and think through this pregnancy decision. It’s a big deal – at Alcove Health, we are here to walk with you through it. Click here or call us today to schedule your no cost appointment.

By Meg, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

April 12, 2022

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Abortion Pill vs Procedure

Abortion Pill vs Procedure
Abortion Pill vs Procedure

Abortion Pill vs Procedure

Taking your time to fully research the abortion pill vs procedure is vital

When you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is important for you to fully understand all options available to you. If you are considering abortion, here are some extremely important pieces of information you should obtain about the abortion pill vs procedure before moving forward on any plans: 

    • Find out if your pregnancy is implanted correctly in the uterus (not ectopic)
    • Find out if your pregnancy is viable
    • Find out how far along you are in the pregnancy
    • Understand the different procedures and risks associated with them

If you’re looking at a positive pregnancy test and you’re uncertain about your abortion options, below is a comparison of the two most common options: abortion pill vs procedure.

Medical Abortion (Pill)

Know the details:

    • It is approved by the FDA for abortions up to 70 days (10 weeks from LMP).
    • It is a combination of 2 different types of medications, taken 48 hours apart.
    • The first medication is mifepristone, which blocks the hormone progesterone from continuing the pregnancy.
    • The second medication (taken at 48 hours) is misoprostol, which causes uterine cramping and bleeding so the contents of the uterus are expelled.

Know what to expect:

    • This process is completed at home and could take up to several hours to complete.
    • There will be heavy cramping and bleeding, often with clots. Some bleeding may last for 2 weeks.
    • It is 93-95% effective.

Know the risks:

Surgical Abortion (Procedure)

Know the details:

    • The cervix is dilated wide enough to place a suction catheter inside and empty the uterus, sometimes using an instrument to scrape the edges to ensure the entire pregnancy is removed.
    • The procedure can be very painful, but usually takes less than 10 minutes.

Know what to expect:

    • It is performed in-clinic only, up to the beginning of the 14th week of pregnancy.
    • It is 98% effective. This procedure is more costly than a medical abortion.
    • Some clinics offer medications for relaxation or pain medication during the procedure, but that could increase your risks.
    • You need a driver to take you home.
    • You may take antibiotics afterwards.
    • Spotting blood may last for up to 2 weeks

Know the risks:

    • Infection and hemorrhage
    • Possible organ perforation or damage

A few other considerations about both types of abortion procedures:

    • Neither of these abortion procedures will treat an ectopic pregnancy—that is considered a medical emergency and must be treated appropriately. An early ultrasound is the best way to identify whether or not your pregnancy is ectopic.
    • If your blood type is Rh Negative, you will need a Rhogam injection.
    • STI testing and full treatment are important before an abortion procedure.
    • Many people experience emotional trauma from abortion procedures, often considered a post-traumatic stress event.
    • An abortion will be part of your OB/GYN health and needs to be disclosed to health professionals as part of your full medical history.

Finally, taking your time to fully research the abortion pill vs procedure is vital. It’s important to consider all your options. This decision will likely impact many areas of your life. Here at Alcove Health, our services include an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy and STI testing – both at no charge.  Let us provide you with the necessary medical information, practical help & support, and a confidential consult to process your options. Call us today or click here to make an appointment, we are here to help!

By Meg, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

March 1, 2022

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3 Things You May Not Know About the Morning-After Pill

Morning-After Pill
Morning-After Pill

3 Things You may Not Know About The Morning-After Pill

The morning after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant

You may have heard about the morning-after pill; you may have even taken the pill yourself. Before we get to the unknowns, let’s get some basic information out of the way. The morning-after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant, nor does it provide protection against STIs, so it’s a good idea to get a free STI/STD test if you’ve had unprotected sex. Now on to some some things you may not know.

Caution about morning-after pill
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1. The morning-after pill is not designed to stay in your body for long. It is intended to be used every time you have unprotected sex.

Yes, that means if you had unprotected sex on Monday, took the
morning-after pill and then had unprotected sex again on Wednesday, you would have to take another pill Wednesday. Depending on what brand you buy, that could cost $100. Not very cost effective.

Morning-after pill is not birth control
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2. The morning-after pill is NOT an effective form of birth control.

Most morning-after pills are OTC (over the counter). The hormone used is designed to delay ovulation; meaning it is supposed to delay the release of the egg from the ovary. Its effect is very temporary. If you need reliable, long term pregnancy prevention, this is not the solution.

Period tracker
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3. The morning-after pill will likely delay your menstrual cycle.

Using the morning-after pill may delay your period by up to one week. The number one side effect of these types of pills is irregular periods, which can make tracking your period difficult.

The morning-after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant, so if you do not get your period within 3-4 weeks you will need to test for pregnancy.

That’s where we come in. If you think you’re pregnant, it’s important to know for sure. Contact Alcove Health Women’s Clinic today for your free pregnancy test, free STI/STD testing, and options consultation. All of our services are provided at no-cost and with confidentiality, right here in Newport News. Make us your first CALL and gain everything you need to make a decision that’s right for your reproductive health.

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I am Pregnant and Considering Abortion

Woman Considering Abortion
Woman Considering Abortion

I am Pregnant & Considering Abortion

You may have lots of questions ... We’re here to help.

Considering Abortion?

There are two ways of ending a pregnancy: in-clinic abortion and the abortion pill. If you’re pregnant and considering abortion, you may have lots of questions and an abortion consultation is a good place to start. We’re here to help. Having an abortion is a very difficult decision; each situation is different, stressful, and often life-changing.

Good information and support can really help you make the decision that is best for you, and your health.  This is why we offer FREE and confidential appointments. Click here to schedule online, or here by phone. At your appointment, you will meet with an options advocate and a registered nurse in a safe, judgement-free environment. After your appointment, you will leave your appointment feeling truly empowered to make the best decision for you.

Reproductive Health

You deserve accurate information to make the best decision for your reproductive health. During your appointment, you will gain the medical knowledge that you need to ensure your health is protected.  There is a lot of politically charged misinformation on the internet and it can be hard to navigate what you really need to know before making a decision that can impact your health long term.

No one should pressure you into making any decision about your pregnancy, no matter what. If someone is pressuring you to have an abortion please reach out to us for help, we want to make sure you have all the knowledge you need before making a decision. That includes medical knowledge that many people do not consider when they are not the person in the unplanned pregnancy.

Expert Care

Family, relationships, school, work, life goals, health, safety, and personal beliefs – these are things that can weigh heavily on you. It is important to carefully consider these things before having an abortion. And these are the things that we can help you process in a safe confidential space.

Lots of people lean on others to help them with their decision. It’s good to choose people who you know are understanding and you can trust to give you accurate information. Your local Alcove Health Clinic has caring professionals that can answer any questions you may have. They’ll give you expert care, accurate information about all your options, and non-judgmental support along the way.

Here are a few examples of information you may need to know about your pregnancy before making a parenting decision:

    • It is important to know exactly how far along you are. This medical information is important to determine what type of abortion is available for you. If you are given incorrect information this could potentially be harmful to you.
    • Ensuring the pregnancy is viable is important; if there is no heartbeat or if the pregnancy placement is not in the uterus you could end up paying for a service you do not need or it could be a medical emergency. This is why an ultrasound is so important and you can get a free ultrasound right here at Alcove Health.
    • Understanding what will happen to your body during an abortion is vital. No matter what decision you make you want to go in armed with knowledge.
    • Protecting your reproductive health by ensuring you have not contracted an STI is extremely important before you make this decision and you can get your free STI/STD test at Alcove Health when you come in for your pregnancy appointment.

Call Alcove Health in Newport News today to schedule your no-cost and confidential appointment. We have helped thousands of women over three decades – we see you, we hear you, and we want to help.

By Sylvia, Client Advocate

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What is Plan C?

What is Plan C?
What is Plan C?

WHAT IS PLAN C

"Plan C is the idea that there is one final option in a three-step plan. "

Most women have heard of Plan B (sometimes called the “Morning After Pill”). It’s the emergency contraception pill taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. You don’t want to be pregnant, so you take a pill to make sure you aren’t. 

But Plan C? What’s that? 

Plan C is the idea that there is one final option in a three-step plan. When birth control (Plan A) and emergency contraception (Plan B) fail to prevent a pregnancy, you need a Plan C.

Plan C reduces all your options into one final option – abortion pills to be taken at home, with the entire process completed there in your home.

But hold on, before we rush into an ABC plan that is supposed to be a “one-size-fits-all” plan, let’s consider the actual options that are available to us. 

You deserve access to the full range of options because there isn’t just one final choice if your Plan A and your Plan B don’t go as planned. An unplanned pregnancy that exists, despite using birth control and taking a Plan B pill, has more than one final option. 

What’s more, Plan C – without in-person access to a provider – makes some pretty risky assumptions. It assumes you are actually pregnant and in the early stages of pregnancy. It assumes you are not in the process of a miscarriage. It assumes your pregnancy isn’t ectopic.

You don’t need assumptions as part of your “Plan C”, you need accurate medical information – including a free ultrasound – so you can make the best decision for your reproductive health.

There’s a place you can receive medical services (like a pregnancy test and ultrasound), support, and a safe place right here in Newport News, Virginia. It’s called Alcove Health Women’s Clinic. What’s more, you can explore all of your options and get the medical services you need at no cost to you.

Don’t let anyone plan your life for you. Don’t settle for assumptions and a “good for all” single option.  You deserve better.

Call us today at 757-591-8141 to schedule your free appointment.  

By Sherri, Client Advocate

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Abortion Pill Reversal Near Me

Abortion Pill Reversal Near Me
Abortion Pill Reversal Near Me

Abortion Pill Reversal

It Is Possible!

Did you know that it’s possible to reverse the effects of the abortion pill?!  That’s right.  If you experience regret after taking the first medication in the medical abortion process- RU486 (also known as Mifeprex)-  it is possible to counteract its effects and continue the pregnancy.  Ideally within 72 hours of taking the “abortion pill”, doctors can prescribe high doses of progesterone to reverse the action of RU486.  Progesterone is the natural hormone needed to nourish and sustain a pregnancy.  The abortion pill (RU486) works by blocking the hormone from the pregnancy, causing the embryo to detach from the uterine wall within 72 hours.  Natural progesterone is prescribed and evidence has shown success rates of more than 50% of women can continue their pregnancies through the help of this protocol.   It is important that if you change your mind after taking the first medication of the medical abortion procedure, you call the hotline phone number (877- 558- 0333) to be connected to a physician in your area that can offer you this protocol treatment.  

The second medication in the medical abortion procedure is called Cytotec (or misoprostol)- its role is to cause the uterine cramping to expel the pregnancy.  Do not take this second medication if you have changed your mind, and would like to reverse the abortion.  The earlier you begin the progesterone treatment, the better the chances are that the abortion reversal could work.  An ultrasound will confirm if the baby is still viable, and they will continue to monitor you closely through the first trimester.  Side effects from progesterone treatment are fatigue, heartburn, and soreness at the injection site—it has been used safely in pregnancies for over 40 years. 

There are people who want to help if you have a change of heart after beginning the medical abortion procedure.  Don’t wait to call for help- 877-558-0333

Alcove Health Women Clinic is a trusted source on the Peninsula.  No client receives a bill, this service is provided at no cost to our clients.

By Meg, RN, BSN

March 19, 2021

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The Abortion Pill Warning: Part 2

Considering an abortion? Find out everything you need to know about the abortion pill.
Considering an abortion? Find out everything you need to know about the abortion pill.

The Abortion Pill Warning: Part 2

Understanding the side effects and risks are important to know

Medical abortions are approved for up to 70 days from the last menstrual period and use a combination of two different medications, given 48 hours apart.

In Part I of this series, we discussed the drug RU486, also known as Mifepristone. How this drug works in the abortion process is by blocking the sustaining effects of progesterone from getting to the pregnancy. The embryo loses connection with the uterine wall that provides nourishment. Understanding the side effects and risks is important to know, including what to do if you change your mind. There is an Abortion Pill Reversal protocol available to those who may regret their decision.

The second medication given is called Misoprostol, also called Cytotec, and its function is to cause the uterus to cramp and expel its contents. It is usually taken about 48 hours after the first drug, and its most powerful effects usually last about 2-4 hours. Severe cramping, heavy bleeding with clots, and diarrhea are the most common side effects. Providers are required to warn their patients of the risk of infection or hemorrhage, and the possibility of a continued pregnancy. Typically, vaginal bleeding lasts up to 2 weeks.

A follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider is critical to ensure your abortion was complete and that you’re healing well. They will evaluate if any further medical intervention is needed, and offer counseling regarding any future potential pregnancies.

At Alcove Health we are available to serve our clients at NO CHARGE. It is our desire that should you be facing an unplanned pregnancy, you would make an appointment today. If you are considering the abortion pill, contact us first so we can confirm that you are in fact pregnant with a medically accurate free pregnancy test and a free ultrasound.

Click HERE to schedule your appointment at Alcove Health in Newport News or click to CALL now.

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The Abortion Pill Warning: Part 1

A young woman holding an abortion pill and glass of water
A young woman holding an abortion pill and glass of water

The Abortion Pill Warning: Part 1

Let’s talk about The Abortion Pill, known medically as RU486, Mifeprex, or Mifepristone.  This pill is not the quick and easy fix you may have been thinking of or told.

Why?

Well, Mifeprex is to be strictly regulated and can only be dispensed by certain health care professionals. The FDA approved its use in Sep 2000 for medical abortions less than 10 weeks gestation. It is the first of two medications given for a medical abortion, the second medication is Misoprostol. Here are just a few facts about Mifeprex that you need to know.

A woman should NOT take the Abortion Pill if:

    • it has been more than 70 days (10 weeks gestation) since the first day of her last menstrual period
    • has an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside of the uterus)
    • has bleeding problems or is taking anticoagulant (blood-thinning) drug products

Be equipped with the appropriate information before you make a decision that could have lasting effects on your life AND health.  If you’re considering taking the abortion pill, contact Alcove Health to receive your free pregnancy test and free ultrasound in a safe, non-judgmental space. You can process your options and receive medically evidenced information to help you make the best decision for your reproductive health.  Call now for your no-cost appointment 757-591-8141 or schedule now by clicking appointment!

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*No one can legally force you to have or complete an abortion process.  If you have started a medical abortion, by taking the Abortion Pill and regret your decision, there is a protocol called Abortion Pill Reversal. Women, under doctor’s care, have successfully maintained pregnancies and given birth to healthy babies.  It is imperative that you call right away to reverse the process. For more information go to:  www.abortionpillreversal.com or call 877-558-0333.

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