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Common questions related to abortion

You have the right to decide the outcome of your pregnancy without being coerced. No one, including your partner, boyfriend, spouse, or parent, has the legal authority to force you into a medical or surgical abortion. If you feel pressured, connect with Birth Choice for advocacy and education on your legal rights.

Remember, nobody can compel you to undergo an abortion, not even your parents or the baby's father. If you're experiencing pressure or coercion, reach out to us for a confidential appointment with a trained client advocate to discuss your options and legal rights. In case of immediate danger or safety concerns, call 911.

If you're thinking about abortion, start by confirming the viability of your pregnancy with an ultrasound.


An ultrasound will determine:

The gestational age of the pregnancy. This knowledge is important in determining which method of abortion you would be eligible for. Each type of abortion procedure and cost depends on your personal health history and how far your pregnancy has progressed.

To determine the viability of your pregnancy, the most reliable method is to undergo an ultrasound. Studies indicate that up to one in four pregnancies may not progress, and some miscarriages are only detected through ultrasound. If a miscarriage is confirmed, seeking follow-up care from a doctor may be necessary.

An ultrasound will confirm that the pregnancy is in the uterus. When the pregnancy is outside of the uterus, this is considered an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies can be life-threatening and require further medical attention.


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The cost of an abortion varies based on the gestational age of the pregnancy. It can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars according to SDWC.

The type of procedure and the safety of the abortion pill at your pregnancy stage also influence the cost. To make an informed decision, it's essential to determine the progress of your pregnancy. Birth Choice San Marcos provides free ultrasounds to verify pregnancy progression, even though we do not perform or refer for pregnancy terminations.


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Just as with any medical procedure, the amount of pain you experience can vary from person to person based on how your body reacts to treatment and your individual pain tolerance.

However, it's not only personal factors that play a role. The type of abortion you undergo and the stage of fetal development also significantly impact the procedure's experience.


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Common questions about your first appointment

No, Birth Choice offers free and confidential services, providing you with everything you need to make well-informed and practical decisions for your future. You do not need insurance to access our services. If you have a valid photo ID, please bring it with you.

All of our services are confidential and private regardless of age. Feel free to bring someone if you would like, but it's not necessary. 

Yes, you can bring a friend, boyfriend, parent, or relative but the initial intake and the medical intake are conducted one-on-one. All the services are confidential.

We offer a wide range of services. Our top priority is helping you find the support you are looking for through in-house care or community referrals. Some of our common referrals are for housing, medical, financial, and adoption services.

All clients requesting services need to present a photo ID upon arrival if they have one, otherwise they will need to fill out additional paperwork. 
Common questions related to pregnancy

To find out if you're pregnant, start with a lab-grade pregnancy test. It's over 99% accurate in spotting pregnancy-related hormone levels.

As a non-profit organization, Birth Choice offers free, confidential pregnancy tests. Those who qualify can also receive a limited OB ultrasound to verify the pregnancy at your appointment.


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On average, there is a 6 day fertile window during which you will ovulate. The egg will live for 12-24 hours; this is the time when your body can get pregnant during each menstrual cycle. This occurs about two weeks after your last period started.

By calculating the time since your last period, you can get a rough idea of your ovulation window and, hence, when you conceived.

Another way to determine the conception date is through an ultrasound. Fetuses tend to grow at a consistent rate, which means the age of the fetus can, quite literally, be measured. As such, an ultrasound can give a more accurate date range than an ovulation calculator.


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We provide free ultrasounds to assess the viability and fetal development stage, ensuring the pregnancy is in the uterus. As a community-funded nonprofit (501(c)3), Birth Choice doesn't gain financially from your ultrasound or pregnancy choice. Another advantage is that, since there's no charge, none of our procedures will be reported to your insurance or billed to your account.

Your ultrasound details are entirely confidential. We're here to support you in a non-judgmental and secure space as you explore your options.

Feel free to request a confidential appointment online or call us. After-hours requests will be addressed the next operational day. For support beyond business hours, reach us through text at (760) 374-8786.

Note: If you're experiencing health issues like bleeding, spotting, or cramping, seek immediate medical attention, as these could be signs of a spontaneous abortion or miscarriage requiring medical treatment.


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