Schedule Today

“Considering Abortion Because My Partner is in Jail”

Are you dealing with an unexpected pregnancy while your partner is in jail?  If so, you undoubtedly have a lot on your plate.  Both situations you’re confronting- the pregnancy, and the detainment of your partner- are bound to create significant stress.  Perhaps you’re leaning towards abortion because you’re feeling completely overwhelmed.  Maybe it seems like the challenges you’re facing are holding you back from pursuing (or even considering) any other option.  If this resonates with you, stay in the fight!  It’s possible to make a confident decision for abortion, adoption, or parenting from a position of strength instead of vulnerability.

Avenue Women’s Center exists to help women accomplish this feat by providing accurate information and caring support at no cost.  We’re a limited medical clinic with six locations in Chicagoland, Illinois.  For over forty years, we’ve been partnering with individuals, couples, and families to help them thrive in the middle of overwhelming circumstances.  We’d love to be a wellspring of support to you too.

Learn more about Avenue Women’s Center!  We offer medical-grade pregnancy tests, options consultations, limited medical ultrasounds, and more!

A Complicated Situation

Maybe your partner has taken a kind and supportive approach to this unexpected pregnancy (which would definitely be a positive).  But even if he’s in your corner emotionally, he’s undoubtedly limited in his capacity to provide practical help through this difficult season.  Add to this the fact that he’s unable to be physically present and restricted in his ability to communicate.  If parenting is an option you feel drawn to, and your partner may be incarcerated for a long time, you may worry about the potential impacts of his imprisonment on your future child as well.

Chances are, your relationship and your mental health are taking hits as you deal with these unsettling changes and as your partner navigates the legal process.  You’re probably concerned about his overall well-being.  Perhaps you’re also feeling angry and disappointed about the decisions he’s made or about the situation in general.  On the other hand, there may be a part of you that’s glad he’s detained.  It’s normal and okay to have complex feelings about circumstances like yours.

Backed into a Corner (No Longer!)

If you’re leaning towards abortion because your significant other is in jail, you may feel like you’ve been backed into a corner.  Maybe it seems like terminating the pregnancy is your only way forward because no other option would be feasible under these circumstances.  Is parenting an alternative you’d consider if more support was available?  If so, let this be an encouragement to you: It’s possible to access the tools you need to make the choice that’s right for you, no matter what your partner is facing.

How Can Avenue Women’s Center Help?

At Avenue, we equip women to overcome obstacles and embrace their own best pregnancy outcomes by providing reliable information and caring support.  There are practical steps you can take to make a confident decision for abortion, adoption, or parenting that’s grounded in your strengths.  Our expert staff can help you attain all the knowledge and backing you need.  Here’s how we can support you in making an informed and empowered choice.

We can help you build a strong support system.

Our caring staff would love to be a part of your support network.  We strongly believe in meeting people with warmth and compassion, listening well, and offering genuine support no matter what.  Avenue is a judgment-free zone.  We’re also here to help you navigate this unexpected pregnancy with key people in your life.  If you need assistance approaching a pregnancy conversation with a partner or family member, we can help you prepare for that dialogue or even mediate.

We can provide important information about your pregnancy and your options.

We believe that “knowledge is power.”  Knowing where you stand with this pregnancy and knowing your options will empower you in your decision-making process.  Our free services can help you confirm a pregnancy, find out how far along you are, identify where the pregnancy is located, and evaluate your chances of miscarriage.  This key information could influence which option(s) you’re eligible for, and allow you to safeguard your own health throughout this pregnancy journey.

We can offer information on available resources.

Avenue has been serving individuals, couples, and families since 1981.  We have a wealth of information on community resources, particularly within the Chicagoland area.  Do you need assistance with food, housing, finances, medical care, education, etc.?  We can help you get linked with the services that would best meet your holistic needs.  Our goal is to equip you to feel empowered for the sake of your own well-being, including for your own best pregnancy decision.

It’s not your fault that your partner is confronting legal problems.  Even so, his situation may be unfairly influencing your decision-making process.  You’re probably feeling overwhelmed by this difficult reality and other troubles you’re facing.  Be encouraged, because the tools you need to overcome your challenges are out there!  Avenue is here to help you find them and forge a courageous path toward an outcome you can feel good about.

Reach out to connect with us and schedule an appointment!  We’re located in Darien, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn / Lombard, Naperville, West Chicago, and Wood Dale, Illinois.

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.