When facing an unplanned pregnancy, there three options: adoption, parenting and abortion.
Whichever decision you make, you will live with it for the rest of your life. It’s important you take your time to make an informed decision.
You may be feeling overwhelmed, confused, pressured, scared, or a number of other emotions. Our Center can help you through this time.
If you are considering abortion, know that you don't need to make this decision right away. Slow down and allow yourself time to think. Don't let anyone tell you that you have to have an abortion. We are here to help you explore your options. There are risks to most abortion procedures. Because of these dangers, we do not recommend nor refer for abortion.
Before you decide to have an abortion, you need to ask yourself these important questions:
- How far along am I?
- Am I at risk for miscarriage or tubal/ectopic pregnancy?
- Have I confirmed my pregnancy with a professional pregnancy test or an ultrasound?
- Have I taken the time to get informed about my options?
- Have I talked with an objective person outside my immediate situation who can help me make an informed decision?
We can help you find the answers free of charge. You need a professional, lab-quality pregnancy test and we can provide that for you. Our Center is staffed with trained peer counselors to offer you a listening ear and reliable information on all your pregnancy options in a caring, non-judgmental environment. We also have certified medical personnel who perform our limited ultrasounds so you can know how far along you are in your pregnancy. All of these services are 100% free and are kept completely confidential, so contact us today for a free appointment. We care about what you’re going through.
If you are considering adoption, we have information available for you and someone you can talk to. There are a lot of wrong ideas about adoption, and while it may not be the best choice for everyone, we encourage you to really look at all the information available and make an informed choice that is best for you and your child.
Today, adoptions are very different than they were in the past. You have the ability to choose the family for your child and even remain in contact if you’d like.
This might be a great choice for you if you:
- Are not ready to be a parent
- Do not feel this child will be accepted in your family
- Do not want an abortion, but cannot parent this child
- Want your child to have a mother AND a father
- Realize you cannot provide emotional and financial stability
- Want to remain in contact with your child, even if you cannot parent
If you are considering parenting your child, you may have some of the following questions or concerns:
- "How can I provide for my baby if I don’t have a place to live, a job, or an education?"
- "What are the responsibilities of the father?"
- "I’m not sure I’ll be a good parent."
These are valid concerns, and a peer counselor here would love to take the time to discuss your questions with you.
Please remember, no one is a perfect parent and everyone struggles at times. Also, keep in mind that centers like ours provide support services throughout your pregnancy and beyond. We can provide information for resources such as housing, childcare, Medicaid, food, and education/job training. We also have a program where you can earn free diapers, wipes, baby clothes and other items you will need for your child.
Please, take the time to consider your options, and remember that whatever you decide – We are here for you!