Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming for many women. Some may not know where to turn or how to reach out for support. These are all normal reactions, and you deserve to have all the facts before deciding. Only you can decide if abortion or adoption is right for you.


Abortion is the termination of a viable pregnancy. There are two types of abortion: medical and surgical. Prior to an abortion, it is vital to know the risks to decide whether this is the best option for you. 

A medical abortion uses two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks progesterone from reaching the embryo in the uterus. Misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and expels the embryo and remaining pregnancy tissue through the vagina. 

A surgical abortion involves dilating (opening) the cervix while other instruments or suction (aspiration) remove the embryo and remaining pregnancy tissue. 

There are certain risks associated with an abortion procedure. These risks include:

  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the procedure doesn’t work)
  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by a surgical abortion
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Uterine puncture


For some women, adoption can be a very rewarding experience. For others, it can be challenging. It is important that you understand the different forms of adoption that are available to you. 

The types of adoption include:

  • Open adoption: This option allows you to remain in contact with the adoptive family, and together you will decide your level of involvement in the child’s life. 
  • Semi-open adoption: You are still able to have contact with the child, but an adoption professional will handle communication between you, the child, and the adoptive family
  • Closed adoption: You will have no contact with the child and instead remain anonymous. The courts seal all adoption records. 

Regardless of your choice, you must consider the best option for you and your situation. No one can legally force you to choose one over the other. The choice is entirely yours.

Have More Questions?

It is normal to have questions about abortion procedures and adoption options. Sierra Pregnancy and Health Medical Clinic offers appointments to help you weigh your options and point you in the right direction when finding resources. Our patient advocates, nurses, and physicians are here to help you!

Contact us today to schedule an appointment. You are not alone!

We do not provide extended OB/GYN or prenatal care, fertility testing, abortion services, or referrals for abortion.