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Abortions

CHOICES has been providing abortion care for patients in the Mid-South for more than 45 years.

 Our friendly and experienced clinicians, outstanding patient reviews, and beautiful clinic make us the preferred provider for abortion care in the Memphis area. Financial assistance is provided for every patient who qualifies – our patients received more than $500,000 in financial assistance last year alone.

The procedural abortion (sometimes called surgical abortion) uses a method called aspiration. For this option, your pregnancy must be between 6 weeks and 16 weeks 2 days based on the dating ultrasound performed in our clinic. The ultrasound usually corresponds with the time since your last normal menstrual period. Click here to use the Pregnancy Calculator.

For many people, local anesthesia provides sufficient pain management for a procedural abortion.  However, if you would just rather be “asleep” during your procedure, CHOICES offers the option of conscious sedation provided by a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Once you check in for your appointment, the CRNA will meet with you to discuss whether there may be any individual health issues that might make you ineligible for this option. If the CRNA agrees that you are a good candidate for sedation, then the procedure will be explained to you in detail and you will be asked to sign a consent for these services. If you choose sedation, you must have a licensed driver with you to drive you home after your appointment. You also must not have anything to eat or drink for 6 hours before your appointment.

The medication abortion option uses a medicine known as mifepristone, commonly known as RU-486, or the abortion pill. For this option, your pregnancy must be between 6 weeks and 11 weeks based on the dating ultrasound performed in our clinic. The ultrasound usually corresponds with the time since your last normal menstrual period. Some of the medicines used in the medication abortion may cause serious birth defects if the pregnancy continues. In the unlikely case that the medication does not work, you may need to have additional medication or a procedural (aspiration) abortion to end the pregnancy. Click here to use the Pregnancy Calculator.

As of January 1, 2022, abortion is legal in Tennessee. However, Tennessee state law imposes a number of restrictions on abortion, including but not limited to the following:

  • A patient must receive state-mandated information, and then wait at least 48 hours before the abortion is provided. The required information must be provided in person and must take place before the waiting period begins, thereby necessitating at least two separate trips to our facility.
  • The use of telemedicine to administer medication abortion is prohibited.
  • A minor seeking abortion must obtain the consent of a parent or legal guardian before an abortion is provided. Minors who do not have a parent or guardian available can apply to the courts for a judicial bypass.
  • No Medicaid funding is available for abortion except in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
  • A patient must undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion. The provider must show and describe the image to the patient and make the fetal heart tones audible.
  • While it is legal in TN to get an abortion before viability for any reason, under TN law, we cannot perform an abortion if we learn that you are seeking the abortion “because of” the race or sex of the fetus, or “because of” an indication or diagnosis of Down syndrome in the fetus.
ATTENTION: 
Our phone system is currently overloaded due to an extremely high call volume. We know you need answers and information given the recent Supreme Court decision, and we are doing our best to get in touch with all abortion patients. Please refrain from calling the clinic so that we can contact our current patients directly.