Do you have an unplanned pregnancy but don’t wish to be pregnant? Abortion isn’t your only option–you can also think about parenting and adoption.
Abortion is the only option that ends a pregnancy. But it’s best to consider why you don’t want to be pregnant. It could be that you aren’t interested in parenting.
Get the facts about parenting and adoption before deciding. This is a big decision, and you’ll want all the information you can get.
Should I Choose Adoption?
If you’re worried about the demands of parenting, there is another option. You can choose adoption and place your child in a loving home. While adoption can be difficult, you may be comforted in knowing your child is cared for and can have a bright future.
With adoption, you’ll carry your pregnancy to term but can choose adoptive parents you feel comfortable with. You can also select an open, semi-open, or closed adoption. Each plan has a different level of privacy and contact, so you can find one that works for you.
As the birth mother, you don’t pay for adoption services. You may also receive help with:
- Pregnancy-related expenses (i.e., medical services)
Adoption is a selfless choice, and you deserve resources as you continue your pregnancy.
Is Parenting Something I Should Consider?
It’s normal to be worried about parenting. While adoption can still be on the table, parenting could also be possible. Only you can make this decision.
When considering parenting, it helps to ask yourself these questions:
- Do I have a safe home for a child?
- Can I financially provide for my child?
- Do I have a strong support system?
- Will my child’s father co-parent?
- What am I most worried about?
Having fears about raising a child is normal. Think carefully about whether you feel prepared to parent. You may need some extra resources and support, but if you have serious concerns, adoption could be a better fit.
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