Confirm Viability Before Your Abortion

Kendra* was late and concerned she might be pregnant.  A home test confirmed her worst fears. Sure she wanted an abortion, Kendra scheduled an appointment at an abortion clinic. The clinic did an ultrasound, as required by law, and scheduled her abortion.

Before having the abortion, Kendra confided in a friend. That friend suggested she stop by Your First Look to confirm that her pregnancy was viable.

When she got to Your First Look, the first thing the nurse did was run a pregnancy test–something the abortion clinic hadn’t done. That test did confirm that Kendra had elevated hormones, indicating a possible pregnancy. An ultrasound was then offered. The ultrasound showed that Kendra wasn’t far along enough to confirm if the pregnancy was viable. Since the pregnancy couldn’t be confirmed, an abortion wasn’t appropriate at this time. Kendra canceled her abortion appointment and made plans for a return visit to Your First Look for the following week.

At the return visit, the ultrasound showed that Kendra did not have a viable pregnancy. She had miscarried.

Researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have found that 31 percent of conceptions will end in miscarriage. This usually happens early in the pregnancy–frequently before a woman has realized she is pregnant.

Coming to Your First Look first, before you go to an abortion clinic, can save you not only in the cost of an abortion, but also from any short- and long-term physical and emotional effects from having an abortion.

Waiting a week or two to confirm that your pregnancy is viable will not impact the type of abortion you would have. Waiting can save you money and also give you the time to gather information and fully explore all your options. With this knowledge you can move forward knowing you have made a thoughtful and careful decision that is best for you.


Your First Look Women’s Center provides free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds to confirm viability, and information on all your options—abortion, adoption, and parenting. We do not provide or refer for abortion services. All services are free and confidential.