Informational Resources Book of Choices

Your Choices

If you are pregnant and did not plan to be, you have options. Many women have made the difficult choice between abortion, adoption and motherhood. But remember: you are not alone. The choice is yours to make. If you feel guilty, isolated, upset and unsure of what to do next, consider seeking support from your partner, your family, friends, clergy or a professional counselor.

Options Counseling is Your Right

You have a right to receive comprehensive, non-biased counseling and support. This includes information about abortion, adoption and parenting, and an exploration of your feelings about pursuing each choice. Beware of any counselors who try to steer you in one direction or scare you away from certain choices. These counselors may try to convince you to make a choice that fits with their religious or political agenda. Anti-choice groups have opened “crisis pregnancy centers” that are really intended to prevent women from choosing abortion, rather than helping them make the decision that is best for them. If you feel a counselor is pressuring you to make a choice that isn’t right for you, find another clinic.

How can I decide which choice is best for me?

Consider each of your choices carefully. Ask yourself:

  • Which choice(s) could I live with?
  • Which choice(s) would be impossible for me? How would each choice affect my everyday life?
  • What would each choice mean to the people closest to me?

It may help to take time and ask yourself:

  • What is going on in my life?
  • What are my plans for the future?
  • What will I have to sacrifice or give up?
  • What are my spiritual and moral beliefs?
  • What do I believe is best for me in the long run?
  • What can I afford?

Reprinted with permission from Planned Parenthood® Federation of America, Inc. © 2004 PPFA. All rights reserved.

Seek Care Right Away

If you are pregnant, seek care from a health care provider right away, regardless of whether or not you choose to continue your pregnancy. There are many health concerns, such as ectopic pregnancy (where a pregnancy is implanted in the fallopian tubes) and high blood pressure that must be checked for and addressed early on.

Learn more about:

Becoming a Parent
Choosing Adoption
Ending a Pregnancy

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