Why You Need an Ultrasound Before Considering an Abortion in Tennessee

Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?

You may be wondering why you’d want an ultrasound, especially if you’re thinking about terminating the pregnancy. The answer is that ultrasounds provide the insight needed to make an informed and empowered decision for an unplanned pregnancy! They determine two key things about your pregnancy: viability and gestational age.

What is Pregnancy Viability?

A viable pregnancy means that the pregnancy is progressing properly. For example, at about six weeks, the embryo should have a heartbeat[2]. The goal is to rule out a nonviable pregnancy, such as a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is a medical emergency that will require immediate physician intervention. Miscarriage also requires physician evaluation to rule out complications and protect your health.

What is Gestational Age?

How far along am I? Your ultrasound can answer that question! It’s important to know how far along you are (also known as your gestational age), as you can’t take the abortion pill past 10 weeks of pregnancy[3]


Consider receiving a free ultrasound at Choices Resource Center! One of our compassionate nurses will help you explore all of your pregnancy options, so you can make the best choice for your health and future! 

Free Ultrasounds in Oak Ridge, TN 

No matter where you are in your unplanned pregnancy journey, you aren’t alone! Our trained nurses are here to provide the support and vital information needed to make an informed decision.


Give us a call at (865) 483-0099 to schedule your appointment. All services are confidential and free of charge!


Please be aware that this article is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Our limited ultrasound examination is strictly for the purposes of confirming your pregnancy, detecting fetal cardiac activity, and estimating gestational age. We cannot diagnose any medical problems you may be experiencing, pregnancy-related or otherwise. 


  1. TN.gov. (2022, June 28). Tennessee’s Heartbeat Law Now in Effect: Attorney General Slatery Responds to Sixth Circuit’s Ruling. Jonathan Skrmetti Attorney General & Reporter. https://www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral/news/2022/6/28/pr22-21.html 
  2. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2022, September 3). Slide Show: Fetal Ultrasound. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/multimedia/fetal-ultrasound/sls-20076294?s=3# 
  3. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. (2021, December 16). Mifeprex (Mifepristone). U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information