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Abortion Services in Queens, NY

Choices Women’s Medical Center has been providing abortion services in New York City with respect, honesty and a high level of professional care for the past 47 years. Choices offers medical and surgical abortions to women up to 24 weeks pregnant. No matter your personal circumstance, your income or your age. Choices provides free abortion pregnancy testing, and no-cost abortion options are available if you qualify.

Choices provides safe, private and affordable abortion services for women and teens in its new, modern center in Jamaica, Queens, New York.

Choices abortion services include:

medical abortion (also known as the “abortion pill,”or RU486)

surgical abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy

• Walk-in for free abortion pregnancy testing Tuesday- Saturday

It is easily accessible by New York City public transportation, as well as the Long Island Rail Road and the Air Train from JFK Airport for out-of-town patients.

Abortion Care at Choices is:

  • Safe – Our doctors are very experienced, and many are female. They use the best and safest abortion methods available, and the Medical Center has won high ratings for safety and care.
  • Private – Your abortion care, your concerns and all your personal information will be kept completely private.
  • Available when you need it – There are no waiting periods, age restrictions or permission needed from parents or partners.
  • Affordable – Financial Help is available. You can apply for Emergency Medicaid in our office for an abortion that day. All insurances are accepted, and reasonable self-pay plans are available. We work with Abortion Funding Sources to make sure no one will be turned away. Call us for more information.
  • Your Choice – Your questions and needs are our priority. Licensed clinical social workers will meet with you to discuss all your concerns.

Have questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions or chat with one of our representatives.

Christina Lag-Schrockenstein; 1st prize from The Museum of Contraception and Abortion in Vienna
The Museum of Contraception and Abortion in Vienna, known as MUVS, has announced the winners of its abortion photo contest. The winning photograph is by Christina Lag-Schrockenstein of a woman calmly and thoughtfully contemplating her future.

Not sure you’re pregnant? Come in for a FREE PREGNANCY TEST, Monday through Saturday, 8 am -5 pm. Walk-ins welcome.

What type of abortion will I need and what can I expect?

This depends on how far along in pregnancy you are. All abortion patients must have a sonogram taken by one of our professional sonographers to determine accurately how far along they are. You will then talk privately with one of Choices’ professional counselors to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Your counselor will also explain the abortion procedure to you.

IN-CLINIC SURGICAL ABORTION – FIRST 12 WEEKS OF PREGNANCY

In-clinic surgical abortion is the most effective form of abortion in the first trimester (up to 12 weeks of pregnancy). It is a safe, simple procedure performed by suction (vacuum aspiration) that takes about 2 to 5 minutes. You will be put to sleep by anesthesia (deep sedation) for that time.

After the pregnancy is removed, you will rest in the recovery room for about 1 hour and then be discharged home. You will need to have a friend, partner or relative accompany you. A first trimester surgical procedure is one of the safest outpatient medical procedures. Choices has performed them safely since 1971.

IN-CLINIC SURGICAL ABORTION – 13 T0 24 WEEKS OF PREGNANCY

Over 12 weeks of pregnancy, the abortion procedure is called “D&E” (dilation and evacuation), which refers to gentle opening of the cervix and emptying the uterus using suction and surgical instruments. This is a two-day procedure. On day one, a sterile product made specifically to dilate is placed into the cervix by your physician. This takes only a few minutes. You should plan on being at Choices for approximately 2 hours, which includes preparation time.

On day two the procedure is completed. This takes 10-15 minutes, and you will be put to sleep by anesthesia (deep sedation) for this time.  You should plan on being at Choices for a total of several hours to include pre-operative preparation and recovery. You will need to have a friend, partner or relative accompany you home.

MEDICAL ABORTION (ABORTION PILL) – LESS THAN 10 WEEKS OF PREGNANCY

If you are less than 10 weeks or 71 days pregnant, you can usually get a medical abortion. If you are more then 10 weeks since the first day of your last period, you can have an in-clinic surgical abortion to end your pregnancy (see above).

The medical abortion process has two steps and includes two different medicines.

First, at Choicesyou take a pill called mifepristone which stops the pregnancy from growing. Second, at your home, 24 to 48 hours after taking the first pill. you take another set of 4 pills called misoprostol.

The second pill empties the uterus, and you will experience cramping and heavy bleeding. The pills can also cause pain, and sometimes, nausea, diarrhea or chills. After the pregnancy tissue is removed, the bleeding and pain become much less. The abortion by pill has a success rate of 91-95%. You must come back to Choices no later than 2 weeks after your procedure for your post abortion checkup and sonogram to make sure that your abortion has been successful and your uterus is empty. If your abortion fails, you may need to repeat the process or have an in-clinic surgical abortion.

Have questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions or chat with one of our representatives.

 

Why does Choices include a counseling session?

A licensed clinical social worker meets with every patient that comes to Choices for an abortion. We want patients to fully understand the abortion procedure and be able to make this important decision based on their needs and accurate information. Your session with a Choices counselor will be completely confidential and supportive of your needs and concerns. It will help you feel confident in choosing what is right for YOU.

What Type of Abortion is Best for Me?

Medical Abortion

Advantages:

  • Have an abortion in the privacy of your home, or a place that is comfortable to you.
  • Prefer to have the choice of being alone to having others with and around you during the abortion process.

 

Disadvantages: 

  • Time period includes 3-4 hours at Choices including registration, lab work, sonogram, counseling, and meeting with a provider, and 48 hours at home.
  • Extreme pain, cramping and bleeding and, sometimes, nausea, diarrhea or chills.
  • Heavy bleeding and cramping during the passing of the pregnancy.
  • Only 91-95% effective, may require repeat medical abortion or surgical abortion.

Surgical Abortion

Advantages:

  • Faster procedure. Most in-clinic abortion procedures take about 5-10 minutes, while medical abortions can take up to 48 hours to complete.
  • Procedure is done at a licensed health center with professional nurses, doctors, and trained staff with you the entire time.
  • Minimal pain and can be asleep during your abortion.
  • Most effective form of first trimester abortion, almost 100% effective, extremely rare to require a repeat procedure.

Disadvantages:

  • Must be done in-clinic and you will be at Choices for about 4-5 hours including registration, lab work, sonogram, counseling, the procedure, and recovery.
  • You must have an escort with you if you plan to be asleep during your procedure.

Out of Town and Financial Services

Choices welcomes women and teens who live outside New York City and in other states. Our Out-of-Town Program counselors will help you get the safe abortion services you need with understanding and complete privacy. There are no waiting periods, age requirements or other restrictions for abortion services in New York up to 24-weeks of pregnancy.

Choices helps women from upstate New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Washington, Michigan, California, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Barbados, The District of Colombia, and other locations. A trip to New York City might seem difficult at first, but we will help you at every stage. When you call to make an appointment, ask to speak to our “Out-of-Town Counselor.” She can help you arrange transportation and overnight housing if needed, as well as financial assistance. Choices accepts Medicaid from New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, subject to verification, and we also partner with funding agencies and organizations that can help pay for abortion services for women and teens on limited incomes.

Choices accepts Medicaid from New York, New Jersey and Maryland. In some cases, prior authorization may be required. We partner with funding agencies and organizations that  to help pay for abortion services for low-income women. Call and let us know how we can help. We are here for you.

If you are coming for a procedure that requires two days (generally between 13 and 24 weeks of pregnancy) or traveling from a long distance, you may need to stay overnight. Choices has arranged for discounted rates at nearby hotels. We can also connect you with a volunteer network of caring people who will “host” your stay at one of their homes and, if needed, can arrange for someone to accompany you to your appointment at Choices.

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