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Friday, October 07, 2005

Can I cause a miscarriage on purpose?

I'm only 15 and I just had unprotected sex, and I was wondering if punching yourself in the stomach or falling down the stairs, or drinking or doing some type of drug, can make your baby die, because I'm too young to go to an abortion clinic without telling my mom. Also, if i have a miscarriage, do i HAVE to go to the doctors?

FT

Dear FT,

You cannot cause your own abortion by anything you do or take. In most states, you don't need a parent's permission to have an abortion.

Let's go back to basics. If you are going to have sex, you MUST use a medically approved form of birth control. If you don't use birth control, you will get pregnant. You can go to a free clinic or to Planned Parenthood and get a form of birth control that is appropriate for you. You do not need parental permission.

In order to know if you are pregnant, you MUST take a pregnancy test. You can buy one in a drugstore or supermarket. You can test as early as the day you expect to get your period. If you have already missed your period, you should test today.

You may not be pregnant yet, but if you continue to have unprotected sex, it is almost guaranteed that you will get pregnant and face the situation that you are now dreading. Take steps to make sure that never happens.

Sincerely,
Amy

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