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“Considering Abortion Because He’d Be an Absent Father”

Would you describe your unexpected pregnancy situation as, “complicated”?  If so, you’re definitely not alone.  But if you believe your partner isn’t ready for parenting, you may be feeling especially anxious about the future.  Perhaps you’re considering abortion because you think he’d be an absent father.  You might hope to be a mom one day, under a different set of circumstances.  Or, maybe you’re already a parent, and can’t imagine having another kid without your partner’s support.  This can be an emotionally painful place to find yourself in.  Know that there’s compassionate care available right around the corner.

Chances are, you want the very best for yourself, your loved ones, and the family you may have someday.  That’s natural!  But maybe it seems like none of the options before you will lead to the future you’d imagined.  Avenue Women’s Center is here for you.  We’re a first-step pregnancy clinic that’s committed to serving women as they navigate an unexpected pregnancy.  Regardless of your unique circumstances or which pregnancy option(s) you’re leaning toward, you deserve to feel supported and well-informed! 

Reach out to Avenue and learn more about our free and confidential services!

Neither of You Saw This Coming.  So, It Makes Sense If He’s Feeling Unprepared

Are you afraid that your partner wouldn’t participate in family life if you chose to parent?  Maybe he’s a person of good intentions, who doesn’t have the time or motivation to be a dad right now.  Perhaps he’s young, and feeling unprepared for the responsibilities of fatherhood.  Maybe he’s proven himself to be unreliable in the past.  Or, the two of you have been drifting apart.  There could be several reasons you believe your partner would be an absent father. Whatever unique challenges you’re facing, you’re probably feeling anxious about getting the support that you need.  Having a partner who’s inattentive (or simply not present) may involve a difficult grieving process.  No matter what the future holds, there are resources available to help you get on your feet and lean into your best pregnancy decision.

Early Pregnancy Services Can Help, Regardless of Your Partner’s Choices

A first-step pregnancy clinic like Avenue Women’s Center can offer the supportive services you need, at no cost!  Before moving forward with an abortion, it’s important to learn about your pregnancy and all the avenues available to you.  An ultrasound can determine what options you’re eligible for, based on the age and condition of your pregnancy.  We provide free limited medical ultrasounds at Avenue, along with pregnancy consultations.  During a consultation, you’ll have an opportunity to speak with a caring and knowledgeable staff member about the ins and outs of all your pregnancy options.  Our consultants can also provide information on community resources.  At Avenue, we’re all about pairing practical assistance with ongoing, compassionate support.

Strength in Community

During pregnancy consultations, our staff often talks with women about building a strong support system.  Perhaps there’s someone in your life (besides your partner), or people you haven’t met quite yet, who could navigate this journey by your side.  If you feel comfortable having a conversation with your partner, you might consider asking him what emotions he’s processing and how he envisions the future.  No woman should feel pressure to move in any particular direction due to a shortage of information or support.  By empowering yourself with knowledge and a community of supporters, you can confidently step into this important decision.  Chances are, you’re a resilient woman who’s overcome a lot of obstacles.  Depend on your strengths, and the strengths of caring people around you, to choose a path that feels like your best fit.

Are you considering abortion based on how you predict your partner will behave later on?  If so, you’re in a very challenging position.  It’s difficult to make an important decision when circumstances haven’t fully played out.  Plus, there may be difficult outcomes no matter which pregnancy option you choose.  But you still have autonomy over your next steps!  And it’s possible to carry on with boldness and confidence, whether or not your partner stays in your life.  Avenue Women’s Center can be your advocate and ally on this pregnancy journey.

Schedule an appointment today at one of our six limited medical clinics in Chicagoland, Illinois.  We can often schedule same-day!  As always, walk-ins are welcome too!

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.