Abortion Safety Checklist

Abortion Safety Checklist

Know the Facts. Get Answers at Pathways (860) 222-4505

Before Your Appointment

Your health and well-being are our top priorities.

It’s your pregnancy, your future, and your choice. We care about you and want to empower you to make a fully informed decision.

If you are unsure about the answer to any of these questions, come in and talk with one of our staff. Call or text us (860) 222-4505.

1. Has your pregnancy been confirmed?

Even if you’ve had a positive pregnancy test, you will need an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy, determine how far along you are, and rule out an ectopic or tubal pregnancy. You should also verify your HCG levels before booking an abortion appointment. As many as 1 in 4 pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage, and more than 80% of miscarriages occur in the first three months of pregnancy.

2. Does the clinic require an ultrasound verification before an abortion? How much does it cost?

An ultrasound can cost an additional $200-$400 dollars if it’s not covered by insurance. Pathways Pregnancy can help you obtain a free obstetric ultrasound referral. 

3. Do you know if the clinic has a doctor on staff or if the procedure is performed by medical personnel?

If you live in or near Norwich and are trying to obtain an abortion, Connecticut state laws require a doctor to perform a surgical abortion. Learn more about your legal rights and how clinics are regulated. Learn about the history of Planned Parenthood’s safety record.

4. Have you been tested recently for STDs/STIs?

An untreated infection can cause major complications if not treated prior to an abortion. We offer free referrals for STD testing and treatment for the two most common STIs, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Your safety matters. Know for sure.  

Know the Facts. Get Answers at Pathways (860) 222-4505

5. Have you received abortion education about the abortion pill and the types of surgical abortions?

We believe an empowered decision is an informed decision. At your first appointment, we provide accurate information on abortion types and procedures and will walk through all your pregnancy options.  Call or text us today (860) 222-4505.

6. What are the clinic’s proceedings in the event of a complication or emergency?

Abortion is a serious medical procedure. Take the time to ask questions about what would happen in the event of an emergency or if medical complications arise. Learn more about clinics and any safety issues ahead of time.

7. Are you aware of possible complications associated with the abortion procedure? Have you been informed of possible emotional side-effects after an abortion?

Your health is important to us.  Take the time you need to share your health history and ask any questions you may have about complications, side-effects and even discuss how you may feel after your abortion. We care about you as a whole – your physical, mental and emotional health.

8. Do you know what options are available to you if the abortion fails?

On occasion, there are incomplete abortions. Find out what steps you need to take and don’t be afraid to seek emergency help right away. You can also learn more about the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol. If you decide to continue the pregnancy, reversal is possible if you have only taken the first dose of the abortion pill.

Know Before You Go

We are a not -for-profit organization of volunteers who really care about you and have many options available to help you which are not available at Planned Parenthood

Know Before You Go

We are a not -for-profit organization of volunteers who really care about you and have many options available to help you which are not available at Planned Parenthood

Questions & Answers

Walk-ins are welcome; however, it is best to make an appointment to minimize your office wait time, please call us at
(860) 222-4505 or schedule an appointment online.
Our professional medical-grade lab quality pregnancy test can determine pregnancy the first day after your first missed period. We recommend you make an appointment if you have missed a period, have any pregnancy related questions, or think you might be pregnant.

You will meet with our professionals to go over your information and a lab-quality pregnancy test will be administered. With a positive pregnancy test result, we offer referrals for ultrasound to confirm a living, intrauterine pregnancy.

All our services are provided free of charge.

Absolutely, you can bring your boyfriend, family member or friend. We will talk with you privately first. Then provided you have given us consent to have them in the room, your guest will be able to join you.

We adhere to a strict privacy and confidentiality policy. Clients will be protected from disclosure of information that violates their right to privacy except where required by law, required for public health reasons, required to avert a threat of harm to the client or a third person, or when other circumstances may reasonably warrant such use or disclosure without prior authorization (e.g., abuse reporting, suicide/homicide prevention, etc.)