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Abortions

Starting August 25th, CHOICES can no longer provide abortion services in Memphis due to a new law banning abortions entirely in Tennessee. A new CHOICES clinic is opening in Carbondale, Illinois in mid-September. Please check back soon for updated information on that facility, the services available, and scheduling. For those seeking abortion care, you can find confidential, up-to-date information about where to access an abortion at AbortionFinder.org.

The procedural abortion (sometimes called surgical abortion) uses a method called aspiration.

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.  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.

Starting August 25th, CHOICES can no longer provide abortion services in Memphis due to a new law banning abortions entirely in Tennessee. A new CHOICES clinic is opening in Carbondale, Illinois in mid-September. Please check back soon for updated information on that facility, the services available, and scheduling. For those seeking abortion care, you can find confidential, up-to-date information about where to access an abortion at AbortionFinder.org.​

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Starting August 25th, CHOICES can no longer provide abortion services in Memphis due to a new law banning abortions entirely in Tennessee. A new CHOICES clinic is opening in Carbondale, Illinois in mid-September. Please check back soon for updated information on that facility, the services available, and scheduling.