Parenting v Abortion v Adoption – Pregnancy Options
It can be confusing when you have people, like the birth father, your parents, or friends, giving you advice and opinions about what you should do. This can be very overwhelming. Be assured, you are not alone! Women of all racial backgrounds, economic status, ages, and religions have been faced with an untimely or unexpected pregnancy. We understand the fears you may encounter on your path to make the best choice for your situation. Give yourself some time to explore your pregnancy options and decide what is best for you and your child.
The three most popular pregnancy options are parenting, abortion or adoption. This list will hopefully help you understand the differences.
Comparisons & Differences between Pregnancy Options
|Your pregnancy ends with giving life.||Your pregnancy ends in death of your child.||Your pregnancy ends with giving life.|
|You may be parenting before you are ready.||You will not have to parent before you are ready.||You will not have to parent before you are ready and your child will live.|
|You can hold, name, and love your baby.||You will never know or treasure your baby.||You can hold, name, and love your baby.|
|You will have the full-time responsibility of parenting.||You will be free of the full-time responsibility of parenting.||You will be free from the full-time responsibility of parenting.|
|You will have plenty of time to plan for you and your child’s future.||Abortion is final and a decision has to be made quickly.||You will have plenty of time to plan for you and your child’s future.|
|You may have to look to your extended family for support.||You can live independently.||You can choose a family for your child.|
|You can know how your child is growing and developing.||You will miss the opportunity to see your child grow and develop.||You can know how your child is growing and developing.|
|You may need to delay your goals for your education or career.||You can continue with your goals for your education or career.||You can continue with your goals for your education or career and so can your child.|
|Your child can thank you for the life you gave to him/her.||Your child will never have the opportunity to say anything.||Your child can thank you for the life you gave to him/her.|
|You may be involved in a long-term relationship with the child’s father.||You will have the freedom to choose if you want a long-term relationship with the child’s father.||You will have the freedom to choose if you want a long-term relationship with the child’s father.|
|You will remember giving birth.||You will remember taking life.||You will remember giving birth and making a life giving plan for your child.|
The Adoption Option
It takes a lot of love to consider an adoption plan. Adoption is a loving option for you and your child. Many women facing an unexpected pregnancy may not be ready or able to parent but want what they feel is best for both themselves and their child. Adoption is a loving option. It is a courageous decision to carry and nurture their child and to make an adoption plan for their child. Adoption today puts the birth mother/birth parents in control, they choose the type of adoption plan (open, closed, semi-open) and they can choose the parents they feel will love and care for their child in the manner they feel is best for their child.
Every year, thousands of women make the adoption decision, primarily because they love their child and want their child to have a life filled with both love and opportunity.
Find a Pregnancy Center Near You
In addition to adoption services, Catholic Charities has pregnancy centers where you can receive a free ultrasound, mentoring, pregnancy and parenting education, and baby supplies, if needed until you make your decision or if you decide to parent. Please visit their website at www.foundationsoflife.org for more information and location or visit www.optionline.org to find a pregnancy center near you.