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,

The Difference Between Plan B and the Abortion Pill

Today on the blog, we’ll be discussing a commonly asked question — “Is there a difference between Plan B and the abortion pill?”  Spoiler alert: The answer is “Yes!” Keep reading to learn how these two medications are different and what you should know before taking each. What is “Plan B?”  Plan B, also referred

Why should I get an ultrasound before my abortion?

If you’re pregnant and considering abortion, you might be wondering why you would need to get an ultrasound scan. While many states require one before getting an abortion, that’s not the only reason you should consider scheduling an appointment for an ultrasound scan.  Ultrasounds will provide valuable insight to you and are a key piece

Is a Medical Abortion Right for Me?

If you recently found out you’re pregnant, and that wasn’t part of the plan, there are understandably a lot of emotions and thoughts running through your head…maybe even fear.  Fear of being pregnant…of telling your boyfriend and parents…of lost dreams…of lack of support…of what others will think of you. Even fear of abandonment. For many

How Early Can I Take an At-Home Urine Pregnancy Test?

If you are experiencing early symptoms of pregnancy, one of the first steps to determine if you’re pregnant is to take an at-home urine pregnancy test. Below is information you should know about at-home tests, useful information about missed periods and your next steps if you find out you are pregnant. How do at-home pregnancy

What are the Different Types of Abortion Procedures?

Reading that positive test, or hearing the words “Congratulations, you’re pregnant,” may bring a wide range of reactions…anger, fear, anxiety, panic, worry, uncertainty. While our emotions drive many decisions we make, gathering factual information gives us the bigger picture.  An empowered decision is a confident decision. Your best first step is to confirm your pregnancy

Can A Teen Get An Abortion Without Parental Consent?

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, it’s important that you’re informed and educated on all your options. For example, if you’re considering abortion, it’s also critical that you’re knowledgeable of the local and state laws, what is needed before you can receive an abortion, and how the procedures may affect your health. Listed below

Abortion Pill Information in Illinois

Pregnancy can be an anxious and stressful time for someone, even if the pregnancy was planned. So, it’s completely normal if you’re considering your options, like the abortion pill. The more educated on your options you are, the more prepared and in control of the situation you’ll feel. But, when considering all your options, make