Just the facts about Abortion. In the state of Virginia (as of April 1, 2017):
A woman must undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before obtaining an abortion; the provider must offer her the option to view the image.
Why is this important? It is important to know if the pregnancy is viable and not at risk of miscarriage on its own. According to the March of Dimes, as many as 50% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage — most often before a woman misses a menstrual period or even knows she is pregnant. About 15-25% of recognized pregnancies will end in a miscarriage. An ultrasound can detect if there is a fetal heartbeat indicating a viable pregnancy. Abortion providers are required to provide an ultrasound and often charge a fee for the ultrasound. Along with free pregnancy testing, Mosaic provides ultrasounds free of charge.
Women must receive information about all options at least 24 hours before an abortion is provided.
Why is this important? Any woman planning to undergo a medical or surgical procedure, such as abortion, is entitled to understand how the procedure is performed and to know what to expect before, during and after the procedure. Women are entitled to be fully informed of the risks of medical or surgical procedures, as well as alternatives to abortion such as adoption. Being fully informed helps you make the best decision for yourself.
The parent of a minor must consent and be notified before an abortion is provided.
Why is this important? Whether performed surgically or medically (by the abortion pill) an abortion is a medical procedure and there are risks and possible complications. Most parents act in the best interest of their children and are there help sort out options and weigh the risks. Anyone below the age of 18 is considered a minor child in the eyes of the law. If you are a minor and are not sure how to discuss your pregnancy with your parent or guardian, Mosaic advocates are here to help you make a plan to talk with your parent(s).
Note: We do not perform or refer for abortions.