Just What is Informed Consent Anyway?

Informed consent is a term you will frequently hear when you go to a doctor’s office. But what exactly is it?

Informed consent simply means that you, as the patient, have the right to make decisions about your health and whatever treatments or tests you would like to have.

It is the health care provider who has the moral and legal obligation to give you information on the test or treatment. They should also make sure you understand both the risks and benefits of such treatment. Alternatives to the test or treatment should also be given.

Most likely, you will be asked to provide your voluntary, informed consent for most medical procedures and tests. Failure to ask you this is considered battery (a form of assault).

If you are considering an abortion, the abortion provider should go over the procedures with you in detail. He or she should discuss risks and alternatives and then let you decide. In Ohio there is a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion can take place to give you the opportunity to process all the information and make an informed decision free from any pressure.

Here at Your First Look, our mission is to make sure you are able to give informed consent. We go over abortion procedures with you and help you understand any short- and long-term risks as well as alternatives. A pregnancy test and an ultrasound are both performed  so that viability (the fetus is growing in the uterus) can be confirmed. Typically, viability cannot be confirmed until 6 weeks and 1 day after your last menstrual period.  If we are unable to confirm viability at the first appointment, you will be invited back until viability or a miscarriage is confirmed.

Call or text Your First Look at 567-455-1101 to schedule a free visit. You will be able to get the information you need to help you with making your own decision.

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.