Many women feel that abortion is the best option for them,
but hesitate because of concerns regarding the medical
procedure. Following are the questions we hear most often,
with our answers supported by careful research. It is
important to underline that anti-choice groups, intent on
preventing abortions, have spent a lot of money supporting
research that will make abortion appear unsafe. Their
money also goes into the dissemination of this false
information. You may come across this information and be
worried. Pro-choice groups have looked at the available
research and support findings published by unbiased
researchers. We use these findings to answer
Is abortion safe?
All medical procedures carry some degree of risk.
Abortion is in the category of minor medical procedures
and as such has one of the lowest rates of complication.
To put things in perspective, abortion is considered to
be twenty times safer than childbirth.
Do I need a doctor’s referral to book an appointment?
No, you do not need a doctor’s referral to make an
appointment. You can make the appointment at your
convenience and at your request.
Do I need my parent’s or my partner’s permission?
No, you do not need parental or partner permission to
book an appointment or to have an abortion.
Do I have to pay for the procedure myself or is it
covered under my health plan?
Currently, the province of New Brunswick does not honour
the Canada Health Act (CHA) and does not cover services
performed in facilities other than hospital under their
provincial health care plan. As such, patients are
required to pay for abortions obtained at the clinic.
How late can a woman have an abortion?
At the Morgentaler Clinic, abortion is available up to
16 weeks of pregnancy. If the pregnancy is beyond our 16
week limit, we refer the woman to another service,
either in Quebec or Ontario.
the procedure going to hurt?
The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and
conscious sedation and lasts approximately 5 minutes in
duration. Most patients experience mild discomfort and
cramping, similar to menstrual cramps.
While pain tolerance varies depending on the person, we
do our best to minimize your discomfort and will adjust
medication dosages as required.
Will I be able to have children after an abortion? What if I
have had more than one abortion?
Current research shows that having an abortion will not
interfere with or affect your ability to have children in the
future. Abortions performed in a safe and competent
manner with no complications have no affect or bearing
on your future fertility.
There is no research or statistical data to support the
belief that having more than one abortion will damage or
affect fertility. In fact, 1st trimester abortions are
very low risk procedures and have one of the lowest
surgical complication rates of all surgeries performed
Statistics Canada reports that in 1995, less than 1% of
abortions in Canada resulted in any complication at all.
The earlier the abortion, the lower the chance of any
it possible to get pregnant after an abortion procedure?
Yes! If you do not practice safe sex you absolutely can
get pregnant, whether you have had an abortion or not.
As part of our abortion aftercare guidelines we highly
recommend that you refrain from sexual intercourse until
you have had your post abortion check-up. However, if
you do choose to engage in intercourse, we encourage you
to practice safe sex by using the birth control method
of your choice.
An abortion procedure does not prevent pregnancies.
it possible to get an IUD inserted while I am at your clinic?
Yes! If you would like to have an IUD inserted we can most likely do it the day of your appointment at the doctor's discretion. We charge an additional $70.00 for the Copper IUD or $350-$400 for the Mirena. If you have drug insurance coverage you may be able to get reimbursed for this cost.
For more information on IUDs, and other forms of birth control, please check out: Sexualityandu.ca
What is the Morning After Pill / Emergency Contraceptive /
Firstly, they are all the same thing! The Morning After
Pill, Emergency Contraceptive and Plan B are all
emergency contraceptives that can be used in the
When you’ve had sex without a contraceptive
The condom broke, tore, slipped or was misused
You forgot to take two consecutive birth control
Your diaphragm dislodged or was removed too early
You miscalculated your fertile period when using the
In case of sexual assault
Emergency contraceptive significantly reduces the risk
of pregnancy after unprotected sex or when your
contraceptive fails, if taken within 24 – 72 hours after
unprotected sex. However, emergency contraceptive is
more effective when taken within the first 24 hours with
a 95% success rate. The longer the delay in taking
emergency contraceptive, the less effective it will be.
Please know that emergency contraceptive is not a
replacement for your regular form of birth control. It
does not provide long term protection against future
pregnancies. It will not protect you against sexual
transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS.
If you already have a confirmed pregnancy, emergency
contraceptive is not an option for you.
Emergency Contraception is now available without a
prescription at your local pharmacy.
Will anyone find out I had an abortion?
Your visit to our clinic is completely private and
confidential. We are bound by the New Brunswick Privacy
Act and all regulations governing patient
confidentiality. We respect your right to discreet
abortion care services.
I bring someone with me?
Yes, you may bring one person with you into our
facility. Due to safety and privacy protocols that
person will not be able to accompany you into the
long will the appointment take?
Generally the appointment process takes approximately
3-4 hours, with the actual abortion procedure taking
approximately 5 minutes.
should I get to the clinic?
Our patients cannot drive to or from the clinic.
If you arrive at the clinic without someone to drive you
home, you will be
rebooked automatically, even if you have a driver coming
later. There are NO exceptions to this rule as it
is for your own health and safety that we must enforce
the no driving policy.
Will there be protestors? Will I be safe?
Yes there will be protestors, and yes you will be
safe. Protestors are prohibited by law from blocking or
restricting access to our facility. We have volunteer
escorts (wearing bright yellow vests) outside who will greet you and
ensure that you make your way into the clinic. Please
note that anti-abortion protestors have a “centre” next
door, which they try to disguise as the clinic. Please
see our 'Directions' to see our clinic, noting the
"CLINIC 554" on the front.
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