Abortion Alternatives: Things to Consider

Let’s face it: when a woman is facing an unplanned pregnancy, there are no easy answers.

The decision she makes will likely be one of the most difficult decisions of her life. And while abortion is a readily available option, it’s not the quick fix some women hope it will be. The guilt and regret that often follows an abortion may persist lifelong. A woman often chooses abortion because she feels trapped and doesn’t see any other way out of the situation. As author Frederica Matthewes Green wrote, “No one wants an abortion as she wants an ice­ cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal, caught in a trap, wants to gnaw off its own leg.”

Even though abortion may seem like the easiest solution to an unplanned pregnancy, there are other alternatives. Both parenting and adoption may be viable options and need to be considered before making an irreversible decision. Ultimately, there is no easy choice here, but a woman owes it to herself and her baby to consider ALL her choices before jumping into a decision:

Parenting

You may decide that parenting is the right decision for you, but you owe it to yourself and your baby to be well­ informed about what that means.
Here are some questions to consider:

 

Adoption

Just like abortion and parenting, adoption is not an easy solution to an unintended pregnancy, but sometimes it’s the one that makes the most sense. Although adoption involves a great deal of sacrifice, many expectant parents choose adoption because they believe it is the option that will give their child the best chance in life. Birth mothers often experience emotional pain of the loss of their child for years afterward; accordingly, adoption should not be presented to expectant parents as a happy “win­-win” solution, free from long-term challenges. It is not. But when a woman is facing an unintended pregnancy, there’s no such thing as an easy out.
Here are some questions to consider:

AdoptMatch exists to empower women to choose the family that’s right for them, with the guidance of an ethical, experienced adoption professional who will make sure the birth mother’s rights and interests are considered, as well as that of the child.  We know that adoption is not right for everyone, but we’re here to help if it’s the path you choose.

Considering adoption?

To view waiting adoptive parents who are working with ethical adoption professionals, go here. Or to speak to an ethical professional in your area and ask further questions about adoption, go to our list of approved adoption attorneys here OR agencies here.

Want to know more about parenting?

Reach out to a Pregnancy Care Clinic in your area to ask about help and support. We have a full list of clinics in each state here.