Is the information you are receiving unbiased?
There are many clinics in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas that provide abortion services. Most of these centers claim to have the woman’s best interest in mind; however, some do have financial and even political agendas that may be influencing the direction of their care. Here at Mya we know that this can be a difficult time and we want to make sure that you do not fall victim to the biases and agendas of others. It is our goal to get you the most accurate information to make the best decision for you.
How can I tell that a clinic has my best interest in mind?
A facility that focuses on empowering women will, without a doubt, strive to educate. As healthcare providers it is our responsibility to ensure our patients have an adequate understanding in order to give informed consent for tests and procedures. We do not shy away from providing information, because it is an educated woman who will have the autonomy to make good choices for herself. There are clinics, though, that will skim over information, rushing to the signature portion of the consent.
According to K H Satyanarayana Rao in an article entitled ‘Informed Consent: An Ethical Obligation or Legal Compulsion?’, “Informed consent must be preceded by disclosure of sufficient information. Consent can be challenged on the ground that adequate information has not been revealed to enable the patient to make a proper and knowledgeable decision. Therefore, accurate, adequate, and relevant information must be provided truthfully in a form (using non-scientific terms) and language that the patient can understand. It cannot be a patient’s signature on a dotted line obtained routinely by a staff member.”
The article goes on to state that failing to ensure a woman is educated enough to make an informed decision can be constituted as assault in the form of ‘battery’. It is imperative that women know they have the right to this information.
Another red flag tipping off potential bias or agenda is the use of phrases like ‘all’ and ‘never’. Few things are ever that black and white. Attempting to convince you they are, may be a sign that there is an underlying bias.
What Mya Has to Offer
Mya Women’s Center is committed to providing the women in our area with excellent care. Our credentialed medical professionals are here to ensure that you are educated about all of the options available to you, based on your current week of gestation. We will go over each of these options until you feel comfortable in your understanding of each one. Each test and procedure performed in clinic will be thoroughly explained beforehand. We strive to make this process as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Feel free to ask questions at any time!
Not only will you be well educated by the end of your appointment, but you can rest assured that you are being cared for in a clinic without financial agenda. While many facilities rely on the income paid for services rendered to remain afloat, we are able to provide our care free of charge as a result of our generous supporters. We are not reimbursed based on your decision and, therefore, are able to provide you with totally unbiased care.
Patient advocates join our medical professionals to comprise the team here at Mya. This combination is designed to offer women the best holistic care around. Our advocates are profoundly knowledgeable of the resources available in the surrounding area so they may serve to connect patients with said resources. It is the patient advocate who walks ladies through their appointments, making sure they have everything they need to make the best choices for themselves.