Women facing an unexpected journey of pregnancy might feel overwhelmed with their choices. In this post, we’ll explore and unpack two of the three options women have: abortion and adoption. These options are most often pursued when a woman does not feel ready to raise a child on her own.
What Does Abortion Look Like?
An elective abortion is when a woman chooses to terminate a viable pregnancy. Specific criteria such as health history, gestational age, medications, and other factors will most likely determine the type of abortion procedure selected. Knowing the risks and health impacts of this procedure is important to protect your health and safety.
The Mayo Clinic states, “Having a medical abortion is a major decision with emotional and psychological consequences. If you’re considering this procedure, make sure you understand what it entails, its side effects, possible risks, complications, and alternatives.”
Receiving proper support is important; speaking with someone you trust, like a local pregnancy center, can prove helpful in answering questions and concerns you may have. As with any medical procedure, abortion comes with risks, which you deserve to know about prior to this decision. If you are considering abortion, our Center provides a Pre-Abortion Assessment. This allows you to verify your pregnancy through a medical-grade test and limited ultrasound, as well as gain information on each of the different abortion procedures. You owe it to yourself to be fully informed of this choice.
What Does Adoption Look Like?
An adoption is an option many women choose for a variety of reasons. One reason is that this option allows hopeful couples to grow and complete their families, a lifetime gift. Additionally, several options under the adoption umbrella enable women to personally tailor what adoption will look like for them and their children.
- Open Adoption: All types of contact are shared, and the adopted child maintains a relationship with their birth parents.
- Semi-Open Adoption: Pre- and post-placement phone calls, emails, meetings, and information is mediated through an adoption professional. The more contact and information shared, the more open the relationship can become. Women can choose and agree with the adopted family on how many contacts they will participate in.
- Closed Adoption: The birth mother chooses not to have any contact with the adoptive family or child; all identifying records are legally sealed.
Adoption is a completely free pregnancy option, as all of your medical costs would be covered through the adoption agency our Center works with. Additionally, you have freedom in deciding how you want to move forward in your relationship with your child, as well as the choice to determine which family they are placed with.
Where Can I Go For More Answers?
Contact us today to receive further clarity or answers. We are here to ensure women receive the knowledge they deserve to make informed decisions. We do not perform or refer for abortions, but we are able to provide a medical-grade pregnancy test, limited ultrasound, and options counseling to answer your questions. Our goal is to ensure every woman is not alone and has the support and care they deserve while making difficult choices.