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Pre-Abortion Counselling

Programs that provide counselling for individuals who have made a decision to terminate their pregnancy. The counselling provides information about fetal development, pregnancy prevention, the abortion procedure the patient will undergo, the risks and alternatives to the procedure, the risks of continuing the pregnancy and, when medically accurate, possible complications and longer term health risks such as sterility or risks to subsequent pregnancies associated with the procedure. The program may provide written information to review and may request a signature on an informed consent form.

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Reproductive Rights Groups

Organizations that support the passage and enforcement of laws and other social measures which preserve an individual's right to reproductive health care including contraception, sterilization and the choice to terminate their pregnancy. Reproductive rights groups may also urge action on other issues such as assuring the availability of sex education to young people, preventing violence at abortion clinics and protecting people seeking an abortion from harassment.

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