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Abortion FAQs

Do I need a doctor’s referral or previous ultrasound to make an appointment?

No, you do not need a doctor’s referral or previous ultrasound to make an appointment. You can make the appointment on your own.

Do I need my partner’s permission?

No, you do not need your partner’s permission to make an appointment for an abortion. You are in charge of your own reproductive health.

Do I need my parents’ permission?

No. However, individuals 17 and under may not obtain an abortion in Minnesota unless they have notified their biological parents of their decision, or have received permission from a judge to bypass the Minnesota Parental Notification Law. Once the parents have been notified, the minor may seek an abortion whether or not the parents consent.

Please visit our Patient Information page regarding Minnesota Parental Notification Law for more information.

Is there a waiting period before I can have my procedure?

Yes. In 2003, Minnesota passed a law called 24 Hour Waiting Law/Woman’s Right to Know Act, which affects all individuals seeking an abortion in Minnesota. This law requires individuals to receive state mandated information from a licensed physician a minimum of 24 hours prior to the abortion procedure.

Is there a risk or association between abortion and breast cancer?

Exhaustive studies have concluded that there is no association between abortion and breast cancer, or other cancers.

Is there a risk or association between abortion and future mental health issues?

Repeated studies have been conducted and have concluded that abortion does not pose a hazard to women’s mental health. Major B et al., Report of the Task Force on Mental Health and AbortionAmerican Psychological Association, Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion, 2008, Washington, DC, accessed April 19, 2010.

In fact, the largest study to examine individual’s experiences with abortion and unwanted pregnancy in the United States found serious consequences of being denied a wanted abortion on an individual’s health and wellbeing. For more information on this study please visit this link: The Turnaway Study

Will anyone find out I had an abortion?

Your WE Health Clinic visit is completely confidential. We Health Clinic does not share your health records with anyone, including your primary physician or therapist, unless you choose to sign a Release of Information to share this information with other health care providers.

Federal HIPAA laws governing patient confidentiality bind WE Health Clinic. All of our staff and volunteers are bound by agency confidentiality agreements.

Can I bring someone with me?

Yes, you can bring one adult support person with you. This support person will be required to show photo identification. However, due to safety and privacy rules, they will not be able to accompany you into the medical area. WE Health Clinic does not have facilities for children so you will need to make arrangements for childcare.

COVID-19 UPDATE: At this time we are not allowing any support people into the clinic. This may change, and we will let you know about our most up-to-date guest policy when you call to schedule an appointment.

Is the procedure going to hurt?

Every patient’s pain tolerance is different. Most patients experience mild to moderate discomfort and cramping, similar to menstrual cramps. WE Health Clinic staff will work with you beforehand to explain each step of the abortion process so you feel prepared for any discomfort. The in-clinic procedure is performed using local anesthesia (lidocaine) and lasts approximately 10 minutes. Patients opting for the medication abortion leave with instructions and medication to aid them through completing the abortion process at home.

Is it possible to get pregnant after an abortion procedure?

Yes. You are able to become pregnant again following the procedure. WE Health Clinic recommends that you refrain from sexual intercourse for 1 week (7 days) following your procedure to allow for recovery and to prevent infection. When and if you do choose to have intercourse, a method of birth control should be used to prevent pregnancy.

Will I be able to have children after an abortion, even if I’ve had more than one abortion?

Research indicates that having an abortion(s) will not affect your fertility or ability to have children in the future.

Abortion is one of the safest and most common medical procedures done in an outpatient setting. There is less than a 1% rate of complications. Your fertility is unaffected, with the exception of very rare complications.

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