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In-Clinic Abortions

WE Health Clinic provides in-clinic suction abortions for individuals choosing to terminate a pregnancy.

An in-clinic abortion is performed by a licensed physician. The procedure is begun by opening (dilating) the cervix so that a flexible straw-like tube, called a cannula, can be inserted into the uterus. The contents of the uterus are then removed using gentle suction. Suction abortion is a safe, effective and common medical procedure.

WE Health Clinic provides in-clinic abortions up to 15.6 weeks of pregnancy.

If you are more than 15.6 weeks pregnant, please call for information on other clinics in Minnesota where you may still obtain an abortion.

In-clinic suction abortion appointments last between 4 and 7 hours. During your appointment you will have:

  • Lab work.
  • An ultrasound.
  • A nurse health assessment.
  • A meeting with a patient educator to discuss your decision.
  • An in-clinic suction abortion procedure. The procedure itself lasts around 10 to 15 minutes. After the procedure, you will rest for 20 to 30 minutes under the supervision of a nurse to ensure you are feeling well before you leave.

Other things to know

There are no driving restrictions after your abortion procedure. WE Health Clinic does not use general anesthesia and it is not available at our clinic. Pain management is achieved by using a local anesthesia and oral medication, neither of which affect your ability to drive.

Abortion is available by appointment only. You can usually get an appointment within a week of calling.

All patient information and appointments are kept strictly confidential.

All abortion patients must meet the requirements of the Minnesota 24 Hour Waiting Law, visit our Patient Information page for details.

If you are under the age of 18, please call the clinic for information about the Minnesota Parental Notification Law or visit our Patient Information page.

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