Prior to your procedure visit, the state of Pennsylvania requires you to comply with the Abortion Control Act. Under this law, each patient must receive state-mandated information from a physician at least 24 hours before the procedure starts. There are three ways to get this information: at a consultation visit in the office, speaking with one of our physicians by phone, or by asking your own doctor or clinic to give you the information.
When you call to make an appointment, one of AWC's telephone counselors will help you with this simple process.
The standard method used to perform an abortion procedure in the first trimester and early second trimester is called vacuum aspiration. With this method of abortion, a physician numbs and dilates the cervix, and a light suction method is used to remove the contents of the uterus. AWC offers the options of being awake with local anesthesia, having a mild sedative, or using intravenous sedation, also known as "twilight sleep".
AWC offers the option of medical (non-surgical) abortion using mifepristone and misoprostol. These medications induce contractions and bleeding, allowing the patient to pass the pregnancy at home. While this method is less invasive than surgery, patients should be aware that it is a more involved and time-consuming process.
If you are not sure whether or not you want to have an abortion, or which method will be best for you, please utilize the workbooks below. You may also call AWC and one of our friendly, knowledgable telephone counselors will assist you! If you know the first day of your last period, our pregnancy calculator can help you determine the length of your pregnancy.