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As you are reading this, you might be holding a positive pregnancy test in one hand, and your phone in the other. Or maybe you have a feeling that something is about to go terribly wrong because your period is late. “I can’t be pregnant”, you might be thinking. So you are searching for information on abortion. And the first question that pops into your head is: is there an abortion clinic in Kirksville, Missouri? Maybe there is a Planned Parenthood around me?
The short answer is: no. There is currently no abortion clinic in Kirksville, Missouri, or in the surrounding area. There used to be a Planned Parenthood in town, but it closed in 2009. There just weren’t enough clients for them to keep going. In addition, they had issues with not being able to hire enough medical professionals, primarily due to a shortage of nurse practitioners. The Planned Parenthood never performed surgical abortions, but it did make abortion referrals and provided the morning-after pill (also known as “Plan B”).
But just because there is no abortion clinic in Kirksville doesn’t mean you are left without options.
Although there is no abortion clinic in Kirksville, Missouri, there is a clinic that offers reproductive health services. Lifeline is a clinic staffed with medical professionals that offers women and men facing unexpected pregnancy services at no cost. These include:
Are you sure that you are pregnant? A late period can mean many different things. Stress, for example, can disrupt the regularity of your menstrual cycle. So can intense physical exercise, illness, certain medications, and many other factors. And even if you’ve already had a positive pregnancy test, it’s always a good idea to confirm with a lab-grade test such as those Lifeline provides.
Ultrasound is a safe technology that allows us to view what is going on inside your body in real-time. It’s the best way to not only confirm, but also date your pregnancy. This is a very important step, even if you are thinking about doing an at-home abortion and ordering abortion pills online. Keep in mind that those pills are only effective up to 10 weeks of pregnancy (70 days) according to ACOG (the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists). But depending on where you order the pills from, they may take several weeks to arrive. This is because they are usually mailed from countries such as India, and have to go through customs. An ultrasound is also the best way to detect an ectopic pregnancy. This type of pregnancy grows outside of the uterus and can be life-threatening if not treated. Know that the abortion pill cannot end an ectopic pregnancy.
Not sure what to do with this unexpected pregnancy? You can talk one-on-one with a nurse or a licensed counselor about your options. There is no pressure and no judgment. Only listening in a safe and confidential environment.
These include community referrals, pregnancy and parenting classes, group classes, material help, a program for dads, and others. Lifeline makes sure to take your needs into consideration and offer you services that best fulfill those needs.
Wherever you are in your pregnancy, and no matter how you’re feeling about it, Lifeline is here to help. Please note that Lifeline does not provide or refer for abortions. Lifeline exists to help you understand all of your pregnancy decision options and does not benefit financially from your decision regarding your pregnancy because all services are offered at no cost.
Make an appointment now by visiting our appointment page or by calling us at (660) 665-5688.