In the United States, one in every thirty-three children is born with a birth defect.
One third of these defects involve deformities of the heart. Most defects are mild
and are surgically and/or medically manageable. However, for a few, the outlook is
bleak. Some will be severely challenged for life, some will survive for only a very
limited time and a few will not survive even a Caesarian delivery.
The “Roe v. Wade” and “Doe v. Bolton” US Supreme Court decisions, confirmed the right
for women carrying pregnancies that cannot survive, to choose termination at any
gestation. Often the decision to terminate is made late in the pregnancy due to
many causes. Most commonly it is the amount of time needed to assure the right decision
is made. At ACCON there are no artificial gestational limits, to force you into
a hurried decision. There is always time to make the right decision.
If you are reading this page it is likely that you or your loved ones have to plan
how to handle a severely compromised pregnancy. We are sorry and would like to offer
you our most sincere condolences. Should you decide to spare you child a lifetime
of suffering and pain, our staff and our chaplain are available to help you thru
all your problems.
Dr. LeRoy Carhart, trained in abortion practice in Pittsburgh, PA . Since 1998,
Dr. Carhart worked with George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas as a staff physician. Dr.
Carhart is one of the most experienced late second and third trimester abortion providers
in the United States. With the assassination of Dr. Tiller, Dr. Carhart and many
of the staff from Wichita, KS moved their practice to Bellevue, with the promise
to carry on the mission of “Team Tiller.”
When your decision has been made that abortion is the correct choice for your compromised
pregnancy, ACCON is ready to help you. The services available for fetal indication
Hand and foot prints
Cremation by a licensed Funeral Director and ashes returned if you wish.
Resources for Reading
Cardin, Rabbi Nina Beth; Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion
for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss; (Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, Vermont)
1999 A sourcebook of prayers and rituals around pregnancy loss and infertility.
Kluger-Bell, Kim; Unspeakable Losses: Healing from Miscarriage, Abortion, and Other
Pregnancy Loss, (W.W. Norton, New York) 1988 A psychotherapist shares stories of
pregnancy loss, advice, and rituals for healing.
Kohn, Ingrid; Moffitt, Perry-Lynn; and Wilkins, Isabelle A; A Silent Sorrow: Pregnancy
Loss - Guidance and Support for You and Your Family, (Routledge: London), 2000. Describes
different types of pregnancy loss, as well as medical and religious ways to cope
Lanham, Carol Cirulli; Pregnancy After a Loss: A Guide to Pregnancy After a Miscarriage,
Stillbirth or Infant Death (The Berkley Publishing Group: New York), 1999.
Lerner, Henry, Miscarriage: Why it Happens and How Best to Reduce Your Risks—A
Doctor's Guide to the Facts, (Perseus Publishing: USA), 2003. Discusses the causes
of miscarriage including scientific explanations. Also has a section on ways to cope
emotionally with miscarriage.
When Pregnancy Involves Loss: Helping Others Face Problem Pregnancies, Advocacy Committee
for Women's Concerns, General Assembly Council, Presbyterian Church (USA), 2004.
A resource for women and men who have faced pregnancy loss, and the pastors and counselors
whohelp them. Addresses issues of abortion, adoption, miscarriage, stillbirth, and
sudden infant death syndrome.
www.aheartbreakingchoice.com Parents’ stories about diagnosis, decision making, heartache,
www.compassionatefriends.org The Compassionate Friends is a website of resources
for parents, friends, and clergy of those who have suffered pregnancy loss
www.ferre.org "Healing from Miscarriage" brochure on miscarriage, includes the "healing
bill of rights."
www.centeringcorp.com Centering Corporation – offers a catalogue of resources on
dealing with grief, including resources on pregnancy loss and infant death, links
to other websites.
www.nationalshareoffice.org Pregnancy support network that offers a newsletter, chat
rooms, events, and facts about miscarriage.
www.marchofdimes.org Information on prevention, health concerns, and science based
We wish to thank Rabbi Bonnie Margulis for these references.