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Maternal | Fetal Indication Abortions

Abortions for Maternal Indications

Maternal Indication abortions are allowed when the need is to protect the life or the health of the mother. Both the "Roe v. Wade" and "Doe v. Bolton" Supreme Court decisions allow abortions at any gestation to preserve the life and the health of the mother and at any gestation, when the fetus is not viable.

Regardless of the reason for abortion, the earlier an abortion is performed, the less risk to the mother. However, this risk is never of significance to justify making a hurried, unresolved choice. The risks of the most advanced abortions, are much less than the risks associated with carrying the pregnancy to term. Our most common reasons for referrals for advance care is the very late diagnosis of a pregnancy in a woman with a severely compromising medical condition, very young maternal age, rape and incest. Since October 15, 2010, abortions after the 22nd menstrual week, are currently not available in Nebraska. We are sure that this restriction violates the Supreme Court Decision. Avenues for challenging this absurd law are being explored. We apologize for this inconvenience. We offer you the best care in Maryland.

Abortions for Fetal Indications

There are three types of surgical abortions offered at each AbortionClinics.org facility:

In the United States, one in every thirty-three children is born with a birth defect. One third of these defects involve deformities of the heart. Most defects are mild and are surgically and/or medically manageable. However, for a few, the outlook is bleak. Some will be severely challenged for life, some will survive for a very short time and a few will not survive even a Caesarian delivery. If you are reading this page, it is likely that you or a loved one has to plan on how to handle a severely, compromised pregnancy. We are sorry and would like to offer you our most sincere condolences. Should you decide to spare your child a lifetime of suffering and pain, our staff is available to help you through this very difficult situation.

The "Roe v. Wade" and "Doe v. Bolton" US Supreme Court decisions confirmed the right for women carrying pregnancies that cannot survive, to choose termination at any gestation. Often, the decision to terminate is made late in the pregnancy for many reasons. Commonly, it is the amount of time needed to assure the right decision is made. At ACO, there are no artificial gestational limits to force you into a hurried decision. There is always time to make the right decision.

Dr. LeRoy Carhart trained in an abortion practice in Pittsburgh, PA. Since 1998, Dr. Carhart is one the most experienced second and third trimester abortion providers in the United States. With the assassination of Dr. Tiller, Dr. Carhart and members of the staff from Wichita, KS moved their practice to Omaha, Nebraska with the promise to carry on the mission of "Team Tiller".

When your decision has been made that abortion is the correct choice for you, ACO is ready help you. The services available for fetal indicated pregnancies include:

Services Available

  • Consultation to determine your wishes for services
  • Personalized card with foot prints
  • Pictures
  • Cremation services arranged with a local mortuary if desired
  • Funding assistance, upon qualification
  • Referrals for grief counseling if desired

Birth Defects Information

Current birth defects statistacal information can be found below. Birth defects account for 20% of infant deaths.

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AbortionClinics.org Patient Stories

“My son, is born, would have gone through a series of surgeries right away, may have been paralyzed & who knows how much brain function he would have had. I chose to terminate, and I am so thankful this clinic fights for women’s rights.” – Megan

“Easter was just around the corner and as time passed we found out we were expecting a baby! The thoughts of having a baby for us was very joyful and ecstatic if you will. Waiting to buy clothes and decorate the room were just a few ideas that made me as a dad more than excited. The first day of school and watching her grow brings so much joy to my heart. And so the appointments began and our journey as a family was starting to become clear! First ultra sounds and bloodwork. Then more ultrasounds and finally the big one at 21 weeks! We realized it was a girl at this time and something was terribly wrong with her skeleton…What on Earth have I don’t to deserve a sick baby?...Our little girl passed round 3:00pm yesterday afternoon. Her suffering would have been a life of challenge and I couldn’t do that to her.” – Father of baby Grace

“They genuinely care about each and every person that walks through those doors…and they actually completely took my mind off the fact that I’m here!” – Patient


Support The Abortion Access Fund, Inc.

Abortion Access Fund, Inc. is a small clinic-based fund. Our mission is to increase access to safe and legal abortion care for women throughout the Midwest with financial and other assistance.

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