If you have an unplanned pregnancy and have ruled out parenting as an option, you have two alternatives: abortion and adoption. Both options have long-term emotional and life impacts, so it can be difficult to determine which is best for you.
Women’s Clinic of the Antelope Valley offers free professional medical services and educational support for individuals facing an unplanned pregnancy. Talk with us about your options.
Continue reading for more perspectives on what decision might be right for you.
Take a Moment for Personal Reflection
Start by taking a step back to deeply reflect on your personal desires and future aspirations, especially in the context of your pregnancy and life going forward.
Consider these questions:
- What are my short-term and long-term objectives?
- Do I envision a connection with my child?
- How do I feel about each of my available options?
Next, think about your life following the decision of either abortion or adoption. Imagine the potential realities and emotional responses associated with each choice.
How does each scenario play out in your mind, and what are your feelings in each case?
These are questions only you can answer for yourself.
Get Informed About Your Options
Abortion is a medical procedure to end a pregnancy. It can be surgical or medical, depending on the pregnancy stage and health factors.
You should be aware of the physical risks, as well as mental health considerations. Studies have shown that the abortion experience directly contributes to mental health problems for at least some women.
On the other hand, adoption involves carrying your pregnancy to term. Adoption plans are flexible and can be open (with contact between birth and adoptive parents), semi-open (contact initiated through a third party), or closed (no contact).
While it can involve a range of emotional experiences, including grief and loss, it can also provide fulfillment, knowing a family will have the gift of a child.
We Can Help
Deciding between abortion and adoption is a big decision, but it’s not one you have to make alone. Women’s Clinic of the Antelope Valley is here to support you with our free and confidential Options Education so you can make a confident choice.
You can also take advantage of our no-cost pregnancy services, such as pregnancy testing and a limited OB ultrasound, to receive crucial pregnancy details that can illuminate your options moving forward.
Schedule an appointment today.