Your decision between abortion and adoption is deeply personal and can be influenced by a variety of factors. Both choices come with their own considerations of your emotional and physical well-being.
Here’s a brief overview of each option to help you reflect:
The Physical & Emotional Effects of Abortion
Medical abortions may seem like a quick & straightforward option when it comes to your health. However, as with any medical procedure, there may be potential risks and side effects that you should be aware of:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
You should also consider the emotional impact having an abortion can have. Some may feel relief; others may experience regret, guilt, or sadness. These feelings can last for weeks or even years after the procedure so it’s important to consult people you trust in your life as well as your own personal beliefs.
The Adoption Process
Choosing adoption means going through pregnancy and childbirth. Although pregnancy comes with physical demands, many women find emotional healing knowing they’ve given their child a chance at a loving life. The act of placing a child with a hopeful couple can bring a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Birth parents often have a say in selecting an adoptive family, depending on the adoption type. There are three types: open, semi-open, and closed adoptions. This can offer a woman comfort in knowing the environment in which her child will be raised.
In open adoptions, there’s potential for ongoing contact. Even in semi-open adoptions (which allows contact through a third party such as an attorney or an adoption agency) and closed adoptions, there may be a sense of connection knowing your child is out there, growing, learning, and being loved.
Which Is Right For You?
Before deciding, confirm your pregnancy with a confidential and no-cost test at the Women’s Resource Center. Nobody should navigate an unplanned pregnancy by themselves. We’re here to provide the understanding, support, and reassurance you require.
Speaking with a team experienced in reproductive health can provide further guidance and support as you make a decision. Contact us.