We’re living in a new era where women’s health issues can be taken more seriously, and now the abortion industry is putting out a warning that if you’re pregnant, and you’re not sure what you want, you need to check with your doctor.
The new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) statement makes the point that a medical professional will often offer you a referral from your primary care physician, who can help you find a doctor who can perform the abortion procedure you need.
It’s an important message, as many women do not know their doctors well enough to make informed choices.
However, a recent survey conducted by the National Abortion Federation (NAF) found that nearly three-quarters of women in their 35 to 49 year old range had no idea what they were getting into when they went to their primary care doctor.
That’s right, most women are getting this wrong.
What’s the AAP’s advice for women who want to know whether they need to seek out a medical provider who can carry out an abortion?
First, ask your doctor if he or she has a referral to a physician who can do an abortion.
If not, look for a doctor with the name “Abortionist” on his or her website.
You can also check the NAF’s website to see if a provider has been approved for an abortion procedure.
If you don’t find a referral, the AAP says it may be time to go back to your doctor, but that is not necessarily the best option.
“It’s important to remember that the majority of women who have an abortion are in good health,” said Dr. Karen Miller, CEO of the AAP.
“They are not suffering from medical complications, and their health is not in jeopardy.
It is very important that we provide them with the information they need so they can make an informed decision.
For those women who are in the final trimester of pregnancy, the safest and most effective option is to wait until the pregnancy is beyond 14 weeks.
If an abortion is necessary, there is no need to go to the doctor,” said Miller.
Another important note is to be honest about your health and the risks associated with an abortion, especially if you are in pain.
“Abortions are the safest option for women in the most vulnerable health conditions.
When you make a decision to terminate a pregnancy, you should consider the risk to yourself, your partner, and your child,” said the AAP statement.
In order to help women avoid these complications, the organization recommends that they consider a referral with their primary health care provider, a doctor or nurse practitioner.
A woman who decides to go through with an appointment with a primary care provider should also discuss with her doctor whether or not she has any pre-existing medical conditions, such as a history of bleeding, uterine cancer, or pregnancy-related depression.
The AAP also urges women to seek medical advice if they are pregnant or have any medical conditions.
“Women who have experienced complications during pregnancy should seek medical attention,” said Kelly Meeks, president of the National Council of State Boards of Health.
“In many cases, women are referred to a primary health professional because they have a medical emergency and need to be treated,” she said.
While women who choose to have an elective procedure should be encouraged to seek a referral through their primary physician, “women who have not had a previous pregnancy should not be dissuaded from having an abortion,” said Meeks.
However you decide to get the abortion, there are ways to get it safely.
“The best way to get an abortion safely is to get a referral,” said Emily T. Lasky, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania.
“If a primary doctor has not recommended an abortion for you, go to your primary health provider for a referral.”
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