What Are the Mental Health Effects of Abortion?

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you are not alone! In fact, up to 50% of the pregnancies in the US are unplanned. It is normal to be experiencing a range of emotions such as fear, anxiety, confusion, etc.  As you are navigating your different options while also possibly riding an emotional roller coaster,

What are the Different Types of Abortion?

There are two different kinds of abortion: one is induced by a pill (medical abortion) and one requires a procedure at a clinic (a surgical abortion). Each one carries its own set of short and long-term side effects and should be considered carefully before ending the pregnancy.  How Medical Abortion Works Medical abortions only occur

What Are The Risks of Abortion?

Abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy, a spontaneous termination is called a miscarriage. Like any medical procedure, abortion comes with its own set of risks to consider and evaluate before making a decision. Keep reading to learn about the different types of abortion and the risks involved. The Types of Abortion  Depending on

How Do I Support My Friend Experiencing an Unexpected Pregnancy?

One of the most valuable treasures under the sun is friendship. Friends lift each other up, communicate blind spots, and push each other to a brighter future. Because friendship is so important, there should be significant time and energy poured into strengthening the relationships within your inner circle. If you have a friend that is

What Are the Side Effects of the Abortion Pill?

The side effects of the abortion pill seem easy and harmless. It might seem as simple as taking an aspirin for a headache. However, the abortion pill method is not just one pill and it isn’t as harmless as you may think.  Abortion, no matter what method is used, is a serious physical and emotional

What are the Risks of Purchasing the Abortion Pill Online?

If you’re facing an unwanted pregnancy, you may find yourself wishing that all of your problems would just disappear. While terminating the pregnancy may feel like the easiest option, the thought of walking into an abortion clinic can seem too intimidating or embarrassing for many women. These feelings can lead some women to order the

Will My Insurance Pay for My Girlfriend’s Abortion?

These are four little words you probably never expected to hear, “I think I’m pregnant.” If you and your partner recently had unprotected (or possibly even protected) sex and her period is late, there’s a chance she’s pregnant and you might be wondering if your health insurance will cover any medical and abortion services. Is

Will Illinois Medicaid Pay for Abortion?

Abortion and Medicaid can both be tricky topics to navigate. From accessing the care that’s best for you to understanding if Illinois Medicaid covers an abortion and how much you’ll have to pay for your procedure, First Step Women’s Center is here to help! Does Illinois Medicaid pay for an abortion? In the state of

What is Closed Adoption?

If you recently found you’re pregnant but don’t feel ready to become a parent and don’t feel like abortion would be the right choice for you, thankfully you have another option. When faced with unplanned pregnancies, many women find adoption is the choice that makes the most sense for them. As you explore this option,

What Is Open Adoption?

If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and considering the pregnancy option of adoption, you’re in the right place! First Step Women’s Center exists to empower women facing unexpected pregnancies to make the choice that’s best for them and their futures. The choice to place your child for adoption is never an easy one, but for