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Why Waiting Periods Before Abortion Are Not Necessary

waiting periods before Abortion

Waiting periods before abortion is to give regulators, service providers and policy-creators the data/resources they need to involve in current policy negotiations in their states.

So how does waiting periods on access to abortion pills or surgical procedure have impact on its services.

Waiting before abortion

The ability to obtain any health care service without delay is crucial for woman’s reproductive health. Pregnancy termination is legal and safe procedure and governed by same principles of informed consent as any other medical service.

Nevertheless, many states compel women to wait for some time period (between 18 hours to 3 or more days). This is between the pre-abortion counseling and the abortive procedure. While some states require the women’s presence in person rather through internet or phone, before the waiting period even begins.

Making two to three trips puts burden on women who seek abortion. They then need to arrange some time off from their other duties/work, or those who leave in distant areas. Therefore, women need to gather funds or make travel arrangements which may delay the procedure, making them choose riskier options.

More than intrusive, waiting periods, according to the growing medical evidence, are completely unnecessary. 

They introduce an unneeded obstacle to women seeking termination of pregnancy. Furthermore, they intrude upon the patient-healthcare provider relationship- without the patient’s best interest at heart.

  1.  periods Waiting are not Medicine/Science based

  • Waiting periods before the abortive procedure are not ethically compulsory or medically indicated as a part of informed consent procedures.
  • In some cases, even women seeking abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol [ abortive medication] have to wait compulsory. This is when the medical abortive procedure itself takes 2-3 days for completion. Therefore, adding waiting period in such cases places an undue burden on women.

Moreover, terminating pregnancy with MTP Kit, i.e. abortion pills is only allowed till 10 weeks of gestation. Thus imposing time period between the procedure may force women to choose surgical procedure is she is in her 9th week.

  • Enforcing waiting period or even requirement of providing incorrect data/ biased counseling services serves no medical purpose. They only intend to make access difficult.
  • Waiting periods imposed of women seeking to buy abortion pills or surgery are not required in any other medical procedures.

These impositions on women seeking abortion, single them out as patients who cannot make informed decision about their healthcare.

  1.  Women are sure about their decision to abort

  • Almost all women who decide to have an abortion have made their decision final when they try to access medical services. Therefore, the waiting periods only delays their procedure.
  • As per many research reports, 99% of surveyed women seeking abortive procedure were sure about their decision. This was comparatively more than any other patient seeking other procedures. In fact, a recent research concluded that denying a woman abortion results in anxiety problems. The waiting periods too have a negative impact on the emotional well-being of the woman.

Next up – how waiting periods harm in requiring two or more trips and delays in the procedure due to waiting periods.

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Does Abortion Increase Future Risk Of Miscarriage?

Anything related to the topic of abortion, attracts heated debate as well as a lot of half-truths and misconceptions about how it affects the woman’s physical and mental being. So is it true that abortion increases the risk of miscarriages in the following pregnancies?

It is hard to know, but few studies have found the general risk of miscarriage after one pregnancy cancellation. Meanwhile a much more increased risk of miscarriage in woman who have undergone multiple pregnancy terminations.

Many studies have found that there was no link between going through abortion and the risk of inducing a miscarriage in the future pregnancies. Meanwhile, some researchers have drawn hypotheses that there is an increased risk of miscarriage but it isn’t likely from abortion; rather due to lifestyle factors that are more in common in women who have had abortions.

Surgical Abortion vs. Medical Abortion

Moreover, complicating the matter is the miscarrying risk that comes only from a slight chance of scarring from surgical abortions, like the D&C, as opposed to by terminating from abortion pills.

According to various studies, when a woman takes safe abortion pills, it doesn’t affect the body to a permanent degree. Therefore, it doesn’t increase the risk of miscarrying at all. One study in 2007 examined a total 11800 women and had concluded that pregnancy terminations by abortion pills did not cause higher risk of miscarriage.

Since abortion with Mifepristone and Misoprostol [ MTP Kit] is only allowed within 10 weeks of gestation, it is generally safer than other procedures.

If one worries about miscarrying after getting your pregnancy terminated, here are some things to remember –

  • If you have aborted in the past and worry about miscarrying in the future, remember that most women who have had abortions did not miscarry or have physical complications. Good outcome of your future pregnancy far outweighs the odds of miscarrying.
  • If you had a miscarrying experience after an elective pregnancy termination, and worry about their connection, please know that there is no way of making sure that they are. Although they are probably more likely to not be related. There are a number of reasons for why you would have miscarried, the most common being due to the chromosomal abnormalities in the baby, which cannot be caused by previous abortion.
  • If you are considering pregnancy termination of an unwanted pregnancy and worried about future miscarriages or overall health, consult a doctor on the least risky option- and about what you can do to avoid future need for abortion, given that multiple procedures increase the risk of complications.
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