I had my abortion in a clinic in Australia, so I really don't know what it is like in the United States, where I am now living, although I do know that the procedure is the same. My lover and I arrived at the clinic where we were given a folder containing information about the procedure and outlining all of the risks involved. I then went into counselling and after talking with the counsellor for a while on my own, my lover joined me and we discussed our decisions and the implications a little more. If they think that you are being forced into an abortion by your parents, or partner, or if they think that you are not really prepared to go through with it, then they will not perform the procedure. We then paid the $200.00 for the procedure, and it all began (i guess you could say....)

 

The Changing Room - enough said.

 

The Anesthetist - So the Anesthetist wanted to know whether I wanted local anesthetic (just numbs the area and you're awake for the whole procedure and totally aware), twilight anesthesia (They drug you up to the hilt, and you're awake, but not really there, and not totally aware of what is going on) or general anesthesia (they knock you completely out). I decided upon general anesthesia since I figured that I'd rather not be even slightly aware of what was going on and that people would be poking around inside of me :) I also felt that it would be easier to deal with. He took my blood pressure and listened to me reathe, and then I went back to a very nice and comfortable waiting room where old movies were playing and magazines were scattered.

The Doctor's Office - There I chatted to the doctor about the procedure. She prescribed the medication I would need afterwards, and I had an ultrasound. I wanted to keep the picture of my fetus, but wasn't allowed. She did point everything out to me though, which was cool. Then back to the waiting room again...

The Operating Room - So I lay down on the contraption I guess you could call a bed, and had my legs strapped up to some stirrups. The Anesthetist gently inserted a needle into my hand. The nurse said that she liked my ring. And that is all that I can remember...