Abortion in Idaho is now illegal, except in cases of incest, rape or if necessary to prevent the death of the pregnant woman. So why do we continue to talk about abortion on our blog and at our clinic?
The reason is simple: abortion continues to matter post-Roe.
According to the Idaho Department of Health, there were around 1,553 abortions in the state in 2021.
On average, over the past fifty years, the typical Idahoan who gets an abortion is a white, unmarried woman in her early twenties, and she’s in her first trimester.
Women like these, who have gotten an abortion in Idaho in previous years, are still getting pregnant and are now left wondering where to turn for help.
Now that abortion is illegal, we want to continue the conversation because pregnant women need answers.
If you are pregnant and considering abortion, we want you to know:
Abortion is Not Always Safe
Even where abortion is legal, there are risks to the procedure. You should be aware that you could permanently jeopardize your own health.
Common risks include:
- Incomplete abortion, which can lead to infection and septic shock
- Severe cramping and abdominal pain
- Damage to the womb or other internal organs
And these things do happen right here to women in our own state. Of the reported abortion complications performed in Idaho in 2021, according to the department of health, there were 21 incomplete abortions and 16 failed abortions in which the pregnancy was ongoing. There were three cases of hemorrhage and one case of pain or cramps that didn’t improve with medication.
You Still Have Choices in Idaho
We also want you to know that you still have more than one option for your unplanned pregnancy in Idaho.
If you aren’t ready to be a parent, you do not need to feel trapped into traveling to another state for an abortion or buying sketchy, black-web-bought abortion pills that might harm you.
Adoption is another fantastic option for women who do not feel ready to be a mother. There are tons of resources to help women who place their babies with an adoptive family, including housing help, financial aid that covers birth and labor, medical care, food help, and more.
If parenting is something you might be willing to consider, we can also help you find help and training to be prepared in advance. There is financial and medical assistance for birth mothers in Idaho and many other programs like WIC that can help you get on your feet.
We can also talk to you about abortion and answer any questions you have about the process.
We just want you to know you have a safe place with us to explore all the possibilities of your future.Whether you are pregnant or post-abortive, we would be happy to help you take your next steps toward a bright future. Please contact us today for a free consultation.