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Why is Viability Determination Important if You’re Considering Getting an Abortion?

One in five pregnancies will end in miscarriage.  If you are considering an abortion, it is critical for you to know if:

  1. Your pregnancy is viable (alive)
  2. The gestational age of the fetus

These facts can only be confirmed with a sonogram.

The sonogram nurse will be able to detect and measure the heartbeat of the fetus as early as 5 weeks, 1 day after the first day of your last menstrual cycle.  It is not uncommon, however, to need to repeat the sonogram several times over time in order to detect the heartbeat.

If You are Considering Getting an Abortion, You Need These Facts

If the pregnancy isn’t viable, you do not need to go to the expense and emotional upheaval if it isn’t necessary.  The exact age of the fetus is critical to know to determine what type of abortion you are eligible to have.


All of Rockville Women’s Center pregnancy services are completely free. We are a non-profit organization. We’ve intentionally structured our organization so we don’t make money on any pregnancy decision that you make.

That means we can provide unbiased information without a financial conflict of interest. And we’ll do it in a caring, non-judgmental way.

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