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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are Harmony’s services 100% free?

A: Yes. At Harmony all our services are free of charge. We offer an initial screen that includes a pregnancy test, ultrasound, and if necessary, an STI test, at no charge to you.

Q: I am planning to get an abortion. Why should I come to Harmony?

A: According to the World Health Organization, “Information is a necessary component of any medical care and should always be provided to women considering abortion.”

The standard of care for anyone seeking an abortion is to first determine if you are actually pregnant and how far along you are. That information helps you to know what abortion services you are eligible for. We offer that initial screening free of charge.

Q: Do you offer abortion services?

A: No, we focus on the initial pregnancy screen so that you have the information you need to determine your next step.

Q: Do you have licensed medical staff?

A: Yes, our nurses and doctors are licensed in the state of RI.

Q: Why do I need to have an ultrasound before an abortion?

A: An ultrasound helps you feel confident in what pregnancy option is right for you. Ultrasounds confirm how far along you are in your pregnancy, where the pregnancy is growing, and if the pregnancy is alive.

Q: How do I know if I can still take the abortion pill?

A: The abortion pill can be taken up to 11 weeks gestation (77 days since the first day of your last menstrual period). An ultrasound can confirm exactly how far along you are.

Q: Is it safe to order the abortion pill online?

A: It is not safe or recommended to order either abortion pill, mifepristone or misoprostol, online. The pills might not be FDA approved and could cause serious risks to your health.

Q: What are the different types of abortion procedures?


  • Suction Abortion: A procedure that includes dilating the cervix with medication or instruments to allow a suction device to enter the uterus and remove the pregnancy. This is typically done up to 13 weeks gestation. 
  • Dilation and Curettage (D&C): A procedure similar to a suction abortion but includes surgical instruments to scrape the remains of the pregnancy tissue out of the uterus. This is typically done before 13 weeks. 
  • Dilation and Evacuation (D&E): This procedure is similar to a D&C but is performed over two days. It requires more surgical instruments to make sure all pregnancy tissue is removed properly. This procedure is generally done in the 2nd trimester. 
Q: What is pregnancy viability?

A: A viable pregnancy means the pregnancy is growing at an expected rate. Confirming the pregnancy is viable rules out miscarriage or a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy. Both of these are non-viable pregnancies, and an abortion is not needed.

Q: What is gestational age?

A: Gestational age is how many weeks pregnant you are. It is measured in weeks from the first day of your last period until today’s date. Gestational age helps determine what pregnancy options, particularly abortion, you can choose from. 

For example, the FDA only allows women to take the abortion pill if they are less than 11 weeks along. If you accidently take the abortion pill further along, you have a higher risk of serious complications such as hemorrhage, incomplete abortion, and infection. 

Q: Can I get an STI test there?

A: If you are pregnant and considering your options, we offer free limited STI testing and treatment. If you are not pregnant and looking for a full-panel STI test, we can refer you to another clinic.

The information on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional counseling, medical or prenatal care.
Our services are provided to clients without regard to age, race, income, nationality, religious affiliation, disability, or other arbitrary circumstances. In keeping with our non-profit, pro-woman mission, Harmony Women's Care Center does not provide or refer for abortion services.
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