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At Legal Abortion by Pill Clinic, we provide legal and safe medical or surgical abortions from the earliest a pregnancy can be performed which is a little over 3 weeks, up to 24 weeks, in safe, relaxed, modern medical offices in several convenient locations in Florida. All of our Physicians have Florida State Medical Licenses and have superb experience in performing ultrasounds and abortions.
We believe that a woman has the right to determine whether to carry a pregnancy to term. She should have the ability to exercise her right to control her body. Mental and physical threats to a woman’s health should clearly determine the patient having the decision to terminate her pregnancy. Placement of legal restrictions on abortion does not reduce the number of abortions. It causes a significant increase in morbidity and mortality. Prior to legalizing abortion in the U.S. over 5000 maternal deaths occurred in the U.S and over 100,000 hospitalizations were due to the complications of abortion. Legalization of abortion allows access to safe abortions where physicians are trained; medical facilities are sterile, clean and sanitary.
Safe abortion care is part of our comprehensive medical approach to allow family planning, counseling and contraceptive supplies to be made available to all male and female patients including male and female condoms. All women should have access to the following:
Access to abortion helps to maintain a woman’s good health and saves lives as abortion reduces maternal morbidity and mortality. Subsidizing the cost for safe abortions reduces the cost of patients having complications from unsafe abortions including maternal morbidity (chronic pelvic pain, infertility, pain with intercourse).
The need to improve maternal health by reducing maternal mortality by 66% was a goal set out by the United Nations Millennium Summit in Oct. 2000. Maternal death has multiple causes around the world such as abortion, ectopic pregnancy, malaria.
Despite the increase use of long term contraception methods, there are a number of reasons that women do not choose to use effective contraception: 1) they do not trust the people who are attempting to educate them on the use of contraceptives. They do not trust the possibility of side effects that they have not been told of side effects, contraceptive failure, non use, result of incest or rape, difficulties with use of contraceptives. There are a lot of countries where abortion remains illegal. Pregnancy may pose a threat to the woman’s life or to her physical and mental health. When women face the fact of being pregnant and the pregnancy is not intended or unwanted, she faces three possibilities; 1) Continuing with a pregnancy that is not wanted, 2) giving the baby up for adoption, or 3) abortion.
Unsafe abortion is defined as a procedure for ending an unintended or unwanted pregnancy carried out by persons who either lack the experience and or skill to perform a surgical or medical abortion or in an environment to conform to the minimal medical standards or both. Nearly 50% of abortions are unsafe around the world, but in developed countries, 92% of abortions are safe. More than 55% of abortions performed in developed countries are unsafe. Examples of unsafe abortions include the following:
Approximately 46 million pregnancies end in abortion each year with 20% of those estimated to be unsafe. 13% of maternal deaths worldwide are due to unsafe abortions mostly caused by bleeding or sepsis. This is approximately 70,000 deaths of year which is equivalent to 1 woman dying from an unsafe abortion a minute. Almost all abortion related deaths occur in developing countries. In Africa it is estimated the maternal death rate is 650 per 100,000 abortions whereas in developed countries the maternal death rate is 10 per 100,000 abortions. Approximately 220,000 children per year lose their mothers from abortion related deaths. Unsafe abortions lead to a significant toll on public health funding, long term maternal health problems (chronic pelvic pain, pain on intercourse, lower abdominal pain, urinary and gastrointestinal problems, and infertility.
Studies indicate that at least one in 5 women who have an unsafe abortion suffer a reproductive tract infection as a result. Even in countries where abortions are illegal, women who have money are often able to buy services from the private sector where they undergo safe abortion under the guise of some other surgical abortion procedure. Women who are poor, are in vulnerable circumstances (such as refugee or internally displaced women), adolescents, or live is isolated areas are at particular risk for unsafe abortion. They are highly vulnerable to sexual coercion and violence. They are more likely to have to rely on unsafe methods of abortion and unskilled providers.
Almost all maternal complications and deaths that are due to unsafe abortions are preventable when performed with proper equipment, sanitary standards and well trained medical staff. The incidence of maternal death in areas where modern surgical and sanitary methods are available is approximately 1 in 100,000 procedures. It is several hundred times higher than that when the abortion is performed in an unsafe manner by untrained personnel.
Women have the basic right to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information, and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health. Women should have the right to freely decide without coercion, discrimination, violence or governmental intrusion in determining what they do regarding their reproductive health.
In order to reduce the need of abortion, there must be an all out commitment to improve family planning services all over the world and when necessary due to failure of contraception, lack of contraception usage, or rape or incest, abortion must be available and safe.
No contraceptive method is 100% effective. Even if all contraceptive users were to use methods perfectly all the time, there would still be nearly 6 million accidental pregnancies annually. Thus even with high contraceptive use, unwanted pregnancies will occur in which women may seek abortion. Therefore there will always be a need for safe and legal abortions though they should be rare. Abortion should be available at all times and on demand to preserve the physical and mental health of the woman. Well trained health personnel with appropriate policies, regulations, appropriate infrastructure, and proper equipment and supplies should always be in place.
Abortion Pill Safety
In 2007, the Abortion Pill procedure was found to be just as safe as and no riskier to future pregnancies than the surgical abortion pill procedure. There is no higher increase in ectopic pregnancies (pregnancy outside uterine wall, low birth weight infants, miscarriages, or preterm births when these women decided to have future children. Approximately 50% of women in Europe and 20% of women in the U.S. have elected to use the medical abortion procedure in early pregnancy (9 weeks or less).
Extremely Low Complication Rate
We at Legal Abortion by Pill Clinic are proud of our excellent patient safety records and extremely low complication rates. We take extra steps to provide additional measures of safety for our patients. We use only sterilized surgical instruments and sterile, one-use-only, disposable plastic uterine curettes. We perform ultrasound on all our patients before surgery and on a case by case basis during, and after the abortion to ensure the safety of our patients and completeness of the procedure. We will also perform ultrasounds on patients who return to our offices for their three week check up if they still have a positive pregnancy test. Five to seven percent of the patients who undergo a termination can have a positive pregnancy test for up to 6 weeks after an abortion procedure.
We have the most current, accurate, state-of-the-art ultrasound machines on-site, allowing even the very earliest pregnancies to be diagnosed accurately. Our physicians are experts at ultrasound, which is very important, since the quality and accuracy of the ultrasound is greatly dependent on both the quality of the equipment and the skill of the person doing the ultrasound.
We provide the safest early surgical abortions starting from the very earliest that the pregnancy can be seen by ultrasound. A surgical abortion can be done safely only if the pregnancy can be accurately identified inside the uterus on careful ultrasound exam. The soonest a pregnancy can be identified by ultrasound is a little after 3 weeks from the last menstrual period. A pregnancy test becomes positive only after implantation of the embryo into the endometrium (the lining of the uterus). Shortly thereafter, the pregnancy can be visualized on ultrasound.
Using medications or materials to prime (soften or ripen) the cervix (the lower part of the uterus) is extremely important in preventing complications that can commonly occur with abortions. This is the key to our superior safety. We will not and do not cut any corners in making certain that the patient’s cervix has adequate preparation before the abortion is attempted.
A patient may request an exclusive or private appointment with Dr. Pendergraft by contacting him by E-mail preferable: Drpendergraft@gmail.com or call him directly at 321-445-2545 or call office location nearest you by clicking locations. Same day appointments can be arranged.
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