Texas law requires that the same physician who will perform the abortion do your sonogram and explain it to you. If another organization offers you a free sonogram, please be aware that you CANNOT use this for your abortion. Many anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy centers” offer free sonograms, sometimes in a van or bus outside the clinic, but this is an attempt to get you to come in so they can try to coerce you out of having an abortion. These centers are not supportive of all your options and will not help you get an abortion, if that is what you want.
There are two types of abortion procedure that are offered, medication abortion (also referred to as the abortion pill) and surgical abortion. Both procedures are safe and effective. Your experience at the clinic will vary slightly depending on which procedure you choose.
If you decide to have a medication abortion (abortion pills), you will take two pills on two separate visits to the clinic. You will begin to miscarry after you take the second medication. The time it takes to abort the pregnancy varies between several hours and one or two days, depending on the patient. During this time, you will experience cramps and bleeding.
If you opt for a surgical abortion, the procedure will vary based on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Many clinics will offer a light sedative which will allow you to be more relaxed. The clinic can also use a local anesthetic to numb the cervical area. Neither option will take all the pain away and you will likely experience some cramping during the procedure similar to period cramps. To read more about the different types of surgical procedures and more details about the medication abortion, please visit Shift
If you live in the lower Rio Grande Valley, you can go to Whole Woman’s Health in McAllen for an abortion up to 17.6 weeks. If you decide to go to an abortion clinic in San Antonio, Houston, Austin or Dallas/Fort Worth, be aware that there are border checkpoints on the way to those clinics.
Acceptable forms of ID include: driver’s license or identification card, a United States passport, a current passport issued by a foreign country, an unexpired Certificate of United States Citizenship, Temporary Resident Card, Employment Authorization Card, unexpired military ID, original or certified copy of birth certificate, original or certified Consular Report of Birth Abroad, an official order relating to a name or sex change, school records from a college or university, an insurance policy continuously valid for the two years preceding the date of the application for a license, the title for your motor vehicle, military records, a current military dependent ID, an original or certified copy of a marriage license or divorce decree, a voter registration certificate, a pilot’s license, a concealed handgun license, a temporary driver’s permit or temporary ID from Texas DPS, or an offender ID card from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.