We couldn't access your location, please search for a location. Search Please fill out this field. People who are pregnant have 3 options: Parenting — giving birth and raising the child. Abortion — taking medication or having a medical procedure that ends the pregnancy. Adoption — giving birth and placing your child with another person or family permanently. Sometimes deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy is easy. What can I think about to help me decide?
Family, relationships, school, work, money, life goals, health, safety, and personal beliefs — most people think carefully about many of these things before making a decision about an unplanned pregnancy. Consider how you feel when you think about abortion, adoption, and parenting. What do you want for your future, and for your family or future family? It may be helpful to ask yourself questions like: How would my decision affect my future?
How would my decision affect my family or other children? Am I ready to go through pregnancy and childbirth? Am I ready to raise a child right now? Do I have strong personal or religious beliefs about abortion, parenting, or adoption? Is anyone pressuring me to make a certain choice?
Will my family, my friends, and my partner support my decision? Who can I talk with about my options? Your local Planned Parenthood health center has caring professionals that can give you accurate, non-judgmental information about all your options , answer your questions, and offer support as you make a decision — no matter what you decide about your pregnancy. Planned Parenthood also offers abortion, adoption, and prenatal care services, or referrals for these services in your area.
Other family planning centers and private doctors may also talk with you about your decision. Be careful when looking for a reliable health center. There are fake clinics that say they have pregnancy services.
They may use lies and manipulation to try to scare or shame people out of choosing abortion. Crisis pregnancy centers are often located very close to Planned Parenthood health centers or other real medical centers, and have similar names — they do this to confuse people and trick them into visiting their clinic instead.
Read more about Crisis Pregnancy Centers. No one should pressure you into making any decision about your pregnancy, no matter what. All-Options has a free hotline that gives you a confidential space to talk about making decisions about a pregnancy. When do I need to make a decision? But the timing of your choice can affect which options you have. And go to prenatal visits with your doctor regularly throughout your whole pregnancy to make sure you and your pregnancy stay healthy. You may even be able to start the adoption process after the baby is born.
Your timeline for making an adoption plan depends on you and your individual needs and situation. Your local Planned Parenthood health center is here to provide you with expert information and support. Make an appointment so you can stay healthy, no matter what decision you make.
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