A woman consulting a doctor because she doesn't want to be pregnant and asking if abortion is her only option.

When it comes to pregnancy, every woman deserves to have a choice. If you are unexpectedly pregnant, abortion is not your only option. Other choices to consider are adoption and parenting, but you don’t have to decide right away. 

It’s normal if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, especially when considering your pregnancy or abortion. Give yourself some grace as you come to terms with the situation and try to figure out your best path forward. 

How Do I Consider Adoption?

If you want to keep the pregnancy but are not prepared to raise the child, adoption may be a suitable option. One of the benefits of adoption is that it’s full of choices, depending on what you desire and are comfortable with.

The majority of U.S. adoptions are open, which means that the birth mother chooses to maintain a relationship with the child and adoptive family. 

There are also the options of closed and semi-closed adoptions, which keep any identifying information confidential to varying degrees.

Adoption can be an emotionally complex decision, so it’s important to speak with an adoption counselor so they can help you decide if making an adoption plan is right for you.

How Do I Consider Parenting?

Deciding to be a parent is a lifetime commitment and deserves careful consideration.

Perhaps there are certain hurdles you feel make this decision difficult, such as your age or financial situation. These items need to be addressed, but parenting is possible no matter what your circumstances currently are.  

Asking the right questions can help you evaluate if parenting is the right choice for you: 

  • Do I feel prepared to parent? If not, how can I find resources that will help me feel supported?
  • Do I have a support system to help me with parenting? If not, where might I find this?
  • What are my biggest worries about parenting? What could help put my mind more at ease?

Next Steps

Only you can decide the right path, but we provide free, confidential services at Life Choices Center to help you get there. 

We offer no-cost consultations where we can answer any questions you may have about your options, get connected with local resources, and provide a safe space for you to share any concerns.

You deserve compassionate support, and we are here to walk alongside you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

Life Choices Center is not a medical facility and does not perform or refer for abortions.