Abortion Laws in North Carolina

If you’re considering abortion in North Carolina, you’re not alone! The compassionate team of medical professionals at Your Choices Randolph is here to explain the North Carolina abortion law and help you make an informed and empowered decision!

 

Is Abortion Legal in North Carolina?

Effective July 1, 2023, most abortion is illegal in North Carolina after 12 weeks gestation. However, exceptions can be made through 20 weeks in cases of rape and incest and through 24 weeks for “life-limiting” fetal anomalies. Exceptions can also be made for medical emergencies. 

Due to these restrictions on gestational age, you are also required to receive an ultrasound before an abortion. 

Confirm Your Pregnancy

Now that you understand the North Carolina abortion law, the first step is to confirm your pregnancy. Your Choices Randolph provides free medical-grade pregnancy tests and ultrasounds to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy and whether or not the pregnancy is developing properly inside the uterus. 

Having this information will inform your abortion options going forward.

Be Informed

Next, be informed about the different types of abortion and their associated risks. 

What is Surgical Abortion and How Does it Work?

In a surgical abortion, a suction device is used to remove the embryo from the uterus through the vagina. This procedure is performed at an abortion clinic and you are sent home the same day. However, if complications arise, you may need to go to the emergency room to receive treatment. 

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

Although it’s referred to as a pill (singular), the abortion pill actually consists of two medications: mifepristone and misoprostol.

Mifepristone is taken first, usually in a clinic. This medication cuts the supply of the hormone progesterone to the embryo, which is needed to maintain the pregnancy. Without a steady supply of progesterone, the embryo stops growing. Misoprostol is taken 24-48 hours later at home. This medication causes the uterus to contract and expel the embryo, which ends the pregnancy.

What are the Risks of Abortion?

  • Uterine Perforation. Uterine perforation occurs when one of the instruments used in surgical abortion accidentally pokes a hole in the uterus[1].

  • Incomplete Abortion. The procedure may not successfully remove all of the fetal tissue. This can occur due to surgical abortion or the abortion pill. Emergency medical treatment may be required to prevent infection[1].

  • Asherman Syndrome. Asherman Syndrome is a condition in which ​​scar tissue forms inside the uterus. This can occur as a result of multiple surgical abortions, making it difficult to become pregnant in the future[2].

  • Negative Impact on Future Pregnancies. Studies have shown a link between surgical abortion and an increased risk of premature birth and low birth weight in future pregnancies[2].

  • Allergic Reaction. Although rare, it is possible to go into anaphylactic shock after taking vaginal misoprostol if you’re allergic to any ingredients in the medication[3].

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Bacteria can enter the reproductive tract during a surgical abortion, causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)[4].

Get the unbiased medical information needed to make a fully informed decision for your unplanned pregnancy at Your Choices Randolph! We’re happy to answer all of your questions!

Get Tested for STIs/STDs

It’s crucial to get tested for STIs/STDs regularly, as many don’t have obvious symptoms. Additionally, STIs/STDs can increase your risk of developing a post-abortive infection. 

Your Choices Randolph provides free STI/STD testing so you can protect your health! 

Abortion Information in Asheboro, NC

Our compassionate team is ready to serve you. Get the facts you need and the care you deserve at Your Choices Randolph! Give us a call at (336) 629-9988 or make an appointment online today!

Please be aware that Your Choices Randolph does not provide or refer for abortion services. 

Sources

  1. U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2020, December 2). Abortion – Surgical. MedlinePlus. Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002912.htm 
  2. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2022, August 3). Elective Abortion: Does it Affect Subsequent Pregnancies? Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/expert-answers/abortion/faq-20058551 
  3. Shin, Hyun Joo, et al. “Anaphylactic Shock to Vaginal Misoprostol: A Rare Adverse Reaction to a Frequently Used Drug.” PubMed Central (PMC), 9 Aug. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6137020
  4. “Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): Symptoms, Treatments and Causes.” Cleveland Clinic, 23 Nov. 2020, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/9129-pelvic-inflammatory-disease-pid

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