Know Your Rights
On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. This means that each state has the right to set its own abortion policies and restrictions. We’re here to make sure you understand these new laws so that you can make an informed decision.
Here is some information on what South Carolina law says regarding abortion:
- It is against the law for anyone to make you have an abortion. (If anyone is trying to force you to have an abortion, contact your local state law enforcement to receive protection from threatened violence or coercion.)
- Forcing a minor to have an abortion is considered child abuse.(If this is happening to you, contact the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) at https://dss.sc.gov or by calling the SCDSS 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-888-CARE4US or 1-888-227-3487.)
- The father of your child is required by law to provide child support, even if he does not want to parent. You can learn more here: https://dss.sc.gov/child-support/
- According to South Carolina Law, you must receive abortion education of the risks and possible side effects at least 24 hours before you have an abortion. (We offer this education at Daybreak free of charge.)
- By law, an ultrasound must be performed before any abortion to determine the age of the fetus. You have the right to a) View the screen, b) Receive an explanation of the images, and c) Receive a photographic print. (We perform free ultrasounds)
- If you are under 17, the state requires that one of your parents or a grandparent give consent for your abortion.
Make a healthy & Informed decision
Abortion poses a risk to your physical and emotional health. It’s essential to learn all the facts first. Like any other medical procedure, make sure you know what to expect regarding procedures, side effects, and potential risks.
Side Effects And Risks Of Medical Abortion
These are some side effects of the abortion pill:
These are the potential risks:
- An incomplete abortion
- Heavy bleeding
- Digestive issues or discomfort
Risks of Surgical Abortion:
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
Besides general side effects, there are a variety of emotional and physical risks involved in having an abortion, according to the American Pregnancy Association
Emotional Side Effects and Risks
An abortion can pose emotional risks along with physical. While some women may be relieved after an abortion, others may struggle with complicated feelings. Psychologists have labeled this emotional reaction as post-abortion stress.
- Guilt/emotional pain
- Sexual dysfunction
- Difficulty maintaining relationships
- Memory repression
- Increased alcohol and drug abuse
- Long-term grief
- Suicidal thoughts
If you are struggling or experiencing any of these symptoms, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about our free post-abortion counseling options and support groups.
Evidence-Based Medical Education
If you are considering an abortion, it’s critical to address the potential risks. At Daybreak Life Care Center, you will find a safe environment to share your concerns and talk through these risks with someone that has been there before.
Post-abortion emotional support
If you’ve already gone through an abortion, we can still help. You are not alone in how you feel, and we can help find you the resources you need to address your emotions and find peace.
DISCLAIMER: We provide education on abortion and pregnancy options. We do not refer for or perform abortions or provide emergency contraceptives and we do not financially benefit from any decision you make.