There are two types of abortion: medical abortion and surgical abortion.

Medical abortion has many different names. It’s also known as the abortion pill, medication abortion, at-home abortion, and Plan C. All of these names refer to a method that uses the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol to end and expel a pregnancy.

There are two types of surgical abortion: dilation & curettage (D&C) and dilation & evacuation (D&E). These procedures involve a mix of dilation, surgical tools, and suction to remove the pregnancy from the body. 

Who Is Eligible For Abortion?

Eligibility for abortion depends on several factors: legality, pregnancy gestation, pre-existing conditions, and safety considerations.


Arkansas currently bans abortion. This ban means it’s not an option in this state. However, other states have different laws and restrictions, leading many women to travel.

Pregnancy Gestation

Pregnancy gestation refers to how far along you are in your pregnancy. An ultrasound scan can help determine the date. Some state abortion laws include gestational limits to consider.

In the United States, medication abortion is only FDA-approved for use within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. After this time, an abortion provider might recommend surgical abortion.

Pre-Existing Conditions

Mayo Clinic states medical abortion is not an option if a woman is too far along, has an IUD currently in place, has an ectopic pregnancy, has certain medical conditions, takes a blood thinner, or has an allergy to the drugs.

Since medical abortion is self-managed at home, having a lack of access to follow-up visits or emergency care would also make this procedure unsafe. 

Safety Considerations

There are some other factors to check before considering traveling for an abortion. Getting an ultrasound can verify that you haven’t miscarried and don’t have an ectopic pregnancy. 

These complications can be legally treated in Arkansas and require different treatment methods.

You should also receive STD testing to ensure you don’t have any existing STDs that could lead to spreading the infection deeper into your reproductive system and causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

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We offer no-cost pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and referrals for STD testing at our center locations in Fayetteville and Rogers. These health screenings can help you confirm your pregnancy, identify complications, and learn critical details.
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