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Is Abortion or Adoption Right for Me?

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy you may be feeling overwhelmed and scared. Doubts about whether you can care for a child may have you weighing what options you have available to deal with your pregnancy, including abortion and adoption.

What Does the Abortion Option Look Like?

There are two types of abortion, medical and surgical.

A medical abortion, usually called “the pill”, involves taking a series of pills to end your pregnancy. These pills first cause the pregnancy to detach from your uterine wall, then cause your uterus to contract, expelling the pregnancy from your body.

It is important to note that a medical abortion can only be done in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. There are also known risks and side effects of medical abortion, including:

  • Incomplete abortion (may need to be followed by surgical abortion)
  • Failed abortion, continuing the pregnancy
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Infection
  • Fever

A surgical abortion is an invasive medical procedure in which a doctor dilates your cervix and uses medical tools to remove your pregnancy from your uterus.

The side effects and risks of surgical abortion include:

  • Damage to the cervix or womb
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Scarring of the inside of the uterus
  • Uterine perforation

What Does the Adoption Option Look Like?

Adoption is an option that many women choose for many different reasons. One of those reasons can be using their unplanned pregnancy as an opportunity to help another family who is trying to grow their family and raise a child. 

And thanks to changes in culture and laws there are different types of adoption options that a woman can choose:

  • Open Adoption: All types of contact are shared, and the adopted child maintains a relationship with their birth parents. 
  • Semi-Open Adoption: Pre- and post-placement phone calls, emails, meetings, and information is mediated through an adoption professional. The more contact and information shared, the more open the relationship can become. Women can choose and agree with the adopted family on how much contact they will participate in. 
  • Closed Adoption: The birth mother chooses not to have any contact with the adoptive family or child; all identifying records are legally sealed. 

Also, in adoption, all the costs of the pregnancy are covered, meaning that any medical expenses you may face during your pregnancy will not cost you any money. 

Get the Answers You Need

Before making a decision about your unplanned pregnancy you’ll want to get all the information and details you can. This information includes learning the age, location, and viability of your pregnancy. These details will allow you to understand what options are available to you, and help you make the decision that is best for your health and future.

The team at Hope Clinic for Women are here for you. From providing a free pregnancy test to a free ultrasound scan if needed, we can help provide the answers you need about your pregnancy and talk with you about all the options available to you.

Contact us today to schedule your free and confidential appointment and start getting the peace of mind you deserve. 

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Hope Clinic for Women is a nonprofit organization committed to provide safe, confidential, supportive medical care that promotes sexual health and wellbeing. In 2022 HCW hosted 827 client visits where young moms and dads received over 3,380 free services. We welcomed 27 babies who were born to moms in our programs. These clients benefited from one on one time with trained, caring volunteers who listened, learned and shared valuable education resources, physical resources, referrals and spiritual encouragement.