I post regularly about the many kinds of contraception available for women interested in sexual health and preventing unintended pregnancies. There is a wealth of information - granted, sometimes misleading - about contraception options for young women and the effects and risks of various kinds of contraceptives.
But what about the effects and risks of a much more disputed and often inaccurately represented issue? Abortion.
As an advocate for pro-choice reproductive health and justice, I firmly believe that all women should have access to accurate information about abortion and the right to have abortions safely because women should have control over their own bodies. That's why I think it's important that young women be aware of all the misinformation that exists in the United States about abortions. Studies, clinics posed as abortion service centers, and reports often provide "facts" that help to discourage or mislead women about abortions. While I have no intention of providing the many individual narratives of abortion experiences, there are some basic things to know about the procedures.
There are two kinds of abortion procedures. In-clinic abortions are medical procedures that cost anywhere from $350 - $900 and must occur within the first trimester. After 24 weeks of pregnancy, abortions are performed only for serious health reasons. Most women feel menstrual-cramp-like pain or more discomfort during and after the procedure.