Abortion Procedures Offered in Michigan

First Trimester Abortion Options (4-14 Weeks)

During the first fourteen weeks (4-14 Weeks) of pregnancy, there are a couple of abortion options to choose from.

First Trimester Abortion - Medical Abortion

Also known as a Medication Abortion also known as the Abortion Pill is a safe way to end a pregnancy if you are 11 weeks pregnant or less. Many people choose this first trimester abortion method because it feels more natural. They like being at home, having a friend or family member with them, not requiring a procedure or anesthesia, and having more control over their medical care.

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First Trimester Abortion - Surgical Abortion

First trimester abortion is considered one of the safest outpatient procedures when performed by trained physicians. There are two methods for a first trimester surgical abortion, and the Northland Family Planning physicians are experts in both: Manual Vacuum Aspiration and Early Standard Vacuum Aspiration. 

Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) uses a handheld aspirator that gently removes the pregnancy from the uterus, without the usual surgical equipment sounds. At your appointment, the physician will review your medical history and length of pregnancy to determine if this abortion method is right for you. 

Early Standard Vacuum Aspiration (ESVA) involves the use of standard procedural equipment with significant above-standard differences in physician training, skill, and comfort for you.

If you are in need of a first trimester abortion, contact our Sterling Heights abortion clinic, Westland abortion clinic, or Southfield abortion clinic.

Second Trimester Abortion

Pregnant people looking for second trimester (15-24 Weeks) abortion clinic have a few options to consider.

Second Trimester Abortion Options

A surgical abortion performed at a trusted second trimester abortion clinic is the safest and only option for those seeking an abortion 15 to 24 weeks into their pregnancy. This procedure is considered one of the safest outpatient procedures when performed by trained physicians. Our team of both male and female licensed OB/GYNS has been chosen because of their high standards and exceptional skills. All abortion procedures are performed in our clean, private procedure rooms and each patient is attended to by one of our caring health professionals.

You will be treated with kindness and the dignity and respect you deserve. You are honored by all of our staff who ensure that your time with us will be spent in caring, clean, and comfortable surroundings.

If you are in need of a second trimester abortion, contact our Sterling Heights abortion clinic, Westland abortion clinic, or Southfield abortion clinic.

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There are many reasons people in the second trimester of pregnancy face the decision of whether or not to have an abortion. Perhaps it is a change in life circumstances, an unforeseen medical condition, financial hardship or a fetal anomaly. We know. We understand. We are here to listen and help.

We promise that during your time with us, you will be treated with tender care and respect. You will get to know our medical team and speak privately with a reproductive health advocate. In addition, our doctors take gentle medical and surgical steps to remove fetal life support and cause fetal death before removing the pregnancy. The abortion procedure (Dilation and Evacuation) will be performed once dilation is sufficient. The time this takes varies for everyone.

How Does a Second Trimester Abortion Work

In order to accurately date your pregnancy, you will receive an ultrasound, which will determine what procedure you will need. The procedure commonly used during a second trimester abortion is a Dilation and Evacuation — also known as a D & E. During this procedure a doctor will dilate your cervix and evacuate the pregnancy. 

Our second trimester abortion clinic offers two procedure options:

1-Day Second Trimester Abortion Option (15 – 16 week D & E)

This option, developed locally by Northland Family Planning Clinic and now used widely throughout the country, offers patients an important choice for their abortion. During your pre-procedure medical history and physical examination, our doctors will determine which cervical preparation and dilation method or combination of methods is best for your 1-day abortion procedure. Not all patients will qualify for this 1-day option.

2-Day Second Trimester Abortion Option (17 – 24 week D & E)

If our doctors determine that the 2-day abortion procedure is best for you, you must stay in the area and commit to returning the next day. On the first day, we take your medical history, discuss your procedure and after-care, and begin the preparation for the overnight dilation of your cervix. When you return the next day, your abortion procedure will be completed. 

Please Remember: Once the Cervical preparation has begun on day one, your abortion is in progress.


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The Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Federal Abortion Ban in 2007. This Ban prohibits a certain medical technique used in second trimester abortions but does NOT affect all techniques available to patients. We want to ensure your safety, protect your future fertility and, of course, obey the law. After careful research and consultation with medical experts, led by our Medical Director, the second trimester abortion techniques offered by Northland Family Planning Centers maintain our high standard of quality care, offer you the comfort you deserve and meet the standards of this law.

Be assured: Here, you are safe and you will receive the highest quality care with no ‘shortcuts’ in your care or around the law.

Choose your abortion care provider as if your future depends on it, because it does.

What to expect at our second trimester abortion clinic:

You will meet our medical team and speak with a reproductive health advocate. We also:

  • Confirm your pregnancy with an ultrasound
  • Have a private conversation with you about your pregnancy options and your abortion decision
  • Complete a full medical history
  • Perform your medical exam and abortion procedure in a clean, softly lit surgical suite with background music and aromatherapy for relaxation
  • You will spend time in our quiet recovery area
    • We monitor your blood pressure, bleeding, and pulse, and offer you an opportunity to ask questions and relax
    • Tea and light refreshments are provided
  • When you are discharged, you will be given specific and complete recovery instructions explaining signs and symptoms of possible complications, along with a 24-hour emergency phone number and guidance on emotional healing
  • We also give you a prescription for your post-procedure medications which can be filled on-site at a low cost

Private conversation

Deciding whether or not to continue a pregnancy, whether this is the right time for you to bring a child into this world, can sometimes be extremely difficult. It is a choice that must make sense not only in your head, but in your heart as well. You deserve to feel at peace with your decision. That is why we have developed our unique Head and Heart program. Pregnant people who are unresolved about their abortion decision are encouraged to work with our staff and take the time to explore all of their feelings about pregnancy.

Your private session will include discussions about:

  • All pregnancy options
  • Your feelings and fears
  • How the procedure is performed
  • Possible risks and complications
  • How best to care for yourself afterward

Our Michigan Abortion Clinic Locations

Northland Family Planning - Soutfield


24450 Evergreen Rd.,
Southfield, MI 48075

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Sterling Heights

3810 17 Mile Rd. #1
Sterling Heights, MI 48310

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Northland Family Planning - Soutfield


35000 Ford Rd.,
Westland, MI 48185

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