How do abortions actually work?

When abortion is made safe, legal, and accessible, it is a low risk and simple medical procedure. Early in pregnancy, people who seek abortions can do so surgically, with a procedure called a vacuum aspiration (also commonly known as a Dilation and Curettage or “D&C”), or can do so medically with a two-step medication regimen taken in the office and at home. Second trimester abortions, up to 24 weeks, are usually performed surgically using a procedure called Dilation and Evacuation (D&E). Procedures occurring later in pregnancy are very rare and usually are the result of fetal anomalies. Unfortunately, due to false information and terminology regarding abortion in the media and political sphere, many people have difficulty understanding the medical realities of abortion care. Here are a couple resources that portray a realistic image of abortion care.

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