The Reproductive Rights group, Abortion Care Network, claims they are the, “Pioneers of De-Stigmatizing Abortion.”
The cite tells women seeking abortions the following:
The quality of care can vary widely among all medical facilities and since many women do not talk about their abortion experiences, it is often difficult to know what to look for when choosing a clinic.
Here are some of their general guidelines:
a clinic with the largest Yellow Page ad may not necessarily be the best facility for you. Read the ads very carefully and be aware of inconsistencies. For example, a clinic may advertise that they are in a specific town, but when you call they may say “we are not open there yet.” You may then be referred to a facility in a different city. Investigate carefully before you make an appointment.
Ask about their fees.
Do the fees sound too good to be true? Be very careful – the lowest fee does not mean you will get the best care. Ask if the fee includes all services (e.g., medications, lab work, ultrasound, follow-up exams). If for some reason they cannot provide an abortion, how much will you be charged? Does the clinic accept your insurance? Do they offer a discount if you have Medicaid?Do they offer financial help or referrals to funds?
If possible, visit the clinic.
Is the clinic clean? Do you feel comfortable in the clinic? Does the staff dress and act professionally and appropriately? Do they treat you as an individual and with respect and understanding?
So – let’s back up to that last one- Is the clinic clean?
Hmmm…I thought all abortion clinics never in need of any state oversight or inspections were clean by Osmosis. Sarcasm of course!
On a separate page, ACN tells women to inquire about the fees an abortion clinic has, “Do you feel pressured into choosing general anesthesia or any other pain relief option? What is the fee?”
Under the heading: Is Counseling Provided? Is this Will I speak privately with someone?
Well, that would eliminate all the clinics that do telemed abortions.
ACN goes on to say, “It is probably wise to get a few opinions about the different abortion providers in your area and you should certainly call all of them and get an impression of their staff and services. You should ask friends and family that you trust for a recommendation. Also consider asking your doctor, local hospital, family planning agency, or social service agency. If it is possible, visit the clinic, or at least visit their web page and read it thoroughly. If their fee seems too low or too high, ask more questions about what is included and why it is so different than other clinics’ fees.”
ACN also has this question women should ask their providers, “Will an ultrasound be done before the abortion to confirm the length of pregnancy?”
Shouldn’t that read, if an anti-choice legislature has passed forced vaginal probe exams then ask the above?
It just proves that most abortion providers already use ultrasound to confirm the age of the baby they are about to kill.
Here is another ACN question, “For non-surgical abortion, is the method used the FDA approved method (Mifeprex with Misoprostol) or a substitute?”
Substitute? Why aren’t all abortion providers using the FDA method?
And here is another question women should ask, according to ACN, “Is there a 24-hour phone number for emergencies?”
Emergencies? I thought abortion was “safe and legal?”