We thank the distributor of The Silent Scream for permission to place it on the Internet. After showing this film to thousands of women contemplating an abortion, we can testify to its powerful impact on them to choose life for their preborn child. We encourage you to show it to others. If you would like your own copy, please contact American Portrait Films for pricing information and kindly let them know that you saw the video on this Website. Note the film is available in eight languages and in various formats.
Other family planning centers and private doctors may also talk with you about your decision. But be careful when looking for a reliable health center, because there are fake clinics out there that claim to offer information about pregnancy options and abortion. They’re called Crisis Pregnancy Centers , and they’re run by people who don’t believe in giving you honest facts about abortion, pregnancy, and birth control. Crisis pregnancy centers are often located very close to Planned Parenthood health centers or other real medical centers, and have similar names — they do this to confuse people and trick them into visiting them instead.
Vacuum aspiration in the first trimester is the safest method of surgical abortion, and can be performed in a primary care office , abortion clinic , or hospital. Complications are rare and can include uterine perforation , pelvic infection , and retained products of conception requiring a second procedure to evacuate.  Infections account for one-third of abortion-related deaths in the United States.  The rate of complications of vacuum aspiration abortion in the first trimester is similar regardless of whether the procedure is performed in a hospital, surgical center, or office.  Preventive antibiotics (such as doxycycline or metronidazole ) are typically given before elective abortion,  as they are believed to substantially reduce the risk of postoperative uterine infection.   The rate of failed procedures does not appear to vary significantly depending on whether the abortion is performed by a doctor or a mid-level practitioner .  Complications after second-trimester abortion are similar to those after first-trimester abortion, and depend somewhat on the method chosen.