No Cost/Low Cost and Confidential Services — Women's Center in Springfield, Illinois

What do I need to know about abortion?

An abortion is the termination of a pregnancy. Before having an abortion, a woman needs to be able to answer three questions:

Am I really pregnant?

Women need to know that 1 in 3 pregnancies do not carry to term for various reasons. The only way to determine if a pregnancy will carry to term is through a pre-abortion ultrasound exam which First Step provides at no cost to you, if eligible.

How far along am I?

To determine the type of abortion procedure one will need, a woman should know the estimated gestational age. This can be measured through a limited ultrasound exam performed by our caring staff.

Could I have an STD?

Find out if you have an STD before going to the abortion clinic. If you have an STD such as Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, you are at risk of contracting Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID may increase your risk of future ectopic (tubal) pregnancies and may decrease your ability to get pregnant in the future.

First Step is here to provide the answers you need.