Help! I’m pregnant. Should I have an abortion?
If you’re pregnant and don’t want to be, abortion may be on your mind. But, because abortion ends the pregnancy, you may wish to consider all your other options first. That way you can be sure you’re making the best possible decision for your situation. Here are a few things to consider before deciding to get an abortion.
3 Things to Consider Before Committing to an Abortion
Is parenting an option?
Parenting a child is rewarding, but it can also be a huge responsibility. With a strong support system, parenting can be a wonderful option for many expectant mothers. The mother-to-be should consider several factors before making the decision to parent. A few factors to think about might include:
- Can you continue to work while being a new parent?
- Do you have family support and/or support system to help?
- Are you able to afford raising a child?
No single factor may determine the final decision. But, all factors weighed together can help you decide.
Would I consider adoption?
Adoption is an option for women who are not quite ready to commit to parenting or terminating the pregnancy through abortion. The process of placing a baby for adoption can be simple with the right help. For example, adoptions through an adoption agency are handled by knowledgeable adoption specialists. A specialist can walk the expectant mother step-by-step through the process. This step ensures that the expectant mother is aware of the process and can actively participate in every step of the adoption.
Of course, it may be natural for expectant mothers to have questions about whether it is the right decision for them. There are several comforting adoption statistics to help inform you. National Survey of Adoptive Parents (NASP) reports that:
- at least 85% of adopted children are described as being in “excellent” or “very good” health
- at least 81% of adoptive parents surveyed say their relationship with their child is “very close”
- 73% of adopted children are told stories or sung to every day
With this information, you can see why so many expectant mothers choose to place their child for adoption. Even so, the mother-to-be should speak with an adoption specialist to make an informed decision. Keep reading to learn how to contact an adoption specialist.
Should I consider abortion?
As said before, abortion is a choice that many women choose depending on their situation. In fact, in 2014, approximately 19 percent of pregnancies ended in abortion. With this said, it’s not an uncommon decision.
In this case, it is important to contact a professional to speak about the process. Also, it may be valuable for the woman to contact counselors to discuss feelings on the matter. Even more, it may be helpful for the woman to tell their family about the unexpected pregnancy.
Seeking the professional opinion of a doctor or counselor can help you decide. But in the end, this is only a decision that the expectant mother can make.
You Are In Charge
Take charge of your unplanned pregnancy by informing yourself of all options. Texas Adoption Center’s specialists can answer any questions about adoption. They will provide expert advice, nonjudgmental support, and a strong support system.
Give Texas Adoption Center a call at 512.893.7643 or send a text to 361.461.3742 to talk to an adoption specialist and inquire about the adoption process.