making a decision

“In a case of unwanted or accidental pregnancy, a woman should have the right to choose an abortion, under excellent medical conditions—to protect her life, health and future fertility.” Henry Morgentaler

Being faced with an unwanted pregnancy can be devastating. Each woman’s situation is different, and the decision to have an abortion (or not) is extremely personal. It’s important for you to have reliable and accurate information, so you can make the choice that’s right for you.

The first thing you need to know is you have options. Our experienced and empathetic counsellors are here to provide support, and discuss your individual needs and alternatives with you.

Medical vs Surgical Abortion

There are two different abortion methods in practice today. Medical abortions use drugs to empty the contents of the uterus, while surgical abortions use instruments to produce the same results.

Medical abortions are only available during the early stages of pregnancy (up to 7 weeks from the start of your last period). Currently, medical abortions are not available at the Morgentaler clinic. Please contact the Bay Centre for Birth Control for further information.

Surgical abortion, which is also called suction aspiration abortion, uses a mechanical suction machine (similar to the one dentists use to clear the mouth of saliva) to gently remove pregnancy tissue from the uterus. This procedure was developed by Dr. Morgentaler. It takes only 5–10 minutes.

Dr. Morgentaler’s technique is followed in virtually all surgical abortions performed in Canada today.