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Considering Abortion Because the Father is Mentally Unwell

Many individuals facing an unexpected pregnancy feel pressured to make a choice based on someone else’s desires, opinions, or behaviors.  Perhaps that seems true of your relationship with your partner or former partner.  Are you considering abortion because he’s mentally unwell?    If so, your reasoning behind this may be complex.  Know that you’re not alone… even if it feels like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders.

Avenue Women’s Center is here to be an active part of your support network during this unexpected pregnancy and beyond.  We’re a limited medical clinic that provides early pregnancy services at no cost, like medical-grade pregnancy tests, options consultations, and limited medical ultrasounds.  We’ve been a trusted service provider in Chicagoland for over 40 years!

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You’re Worried.  That’s Understandable.

If the person you’re pregnant by is mentally unwell, you may be considering ending your pregnancy for several reasons.  Maybe you’re worried that your partner or former partner wouldn’t support you practically or emotionally.  Maybe you believe that his mental health challenges would prevent him from meeting expectations for parenthood if you decided to have a child together.  Perhaps your main priority right now is helping him access the mental/emotional support that he needs, and an unexpected pregnancy seems like too big a problem to handle on top of this.  Keep in mind- your unexpected pregnancy and your partner’s mental illness (potential or confirmed) are two distinct matters that need to be addressed in distinct ways.  Fortunately, customized support is available for both.

Finding Support for Your Unexpected Pregnancy

There are manageable steps a person can take to receive vital support during an unexpected pregnancy, no matter how difficult her overall circumstances may be.  Often, Avenue Women’s Center is an early point of contact for women who’ve recently discovered an unexpected pregnancy.  We aim to equip individuals with the practical services and emotional support they need to take their next best steps in their unique pregnancy journeys.  It’s important to begin this process by getting a reliable pregnancy test.  Consider researching all your pregnancy options, learning about your pregnancy through ultrasound, and discovering the resources available.  This will help you move toward a well-rounded and informed decision.  Avenue Women’s Center provides all of these confidential services at no cost.

Leaning into Your Autonomy

If you’re facing difficult circumstances like an unexpected pregnancy or the mental illness of a partner, your future probably feels daunting.  Chances are, many aspects of your overall situation seem beyond your control.  Keep in mind as you navigate the days ahead that the person you became pregnant by is fully responsible for his own mental health.   Nobody can discover healing for him.  He needs to discover healing for himself.  On the other hand, you have the ability to direct your own next steps regarding this unexpected pregnancy.  You get to choose the outcome.  If that feels intimidating, remember that there are manageable steps you can take to discover clarity and insight before deciding on abortion, adoption, or parenting.  Consider reaching out to Avenue.  We’ll help you begin your decision-making process from a foundation of strength and support.

Maybe you feel compelled to choose abortion because it seems like your best or only option given where your partner is at.  But asking yourself where you’re at is key to making a confident, regret-free decision.   It’s crucial for any pregnancy choice to come from your gut.  Your concern about your partner’s mental health is real and valid, but it shouldn’t be the main thing driving your pregnancy outcome. 

There’s a better way.  Instead of making your pregnancy choice from a position of fear or perceived weakness, make it from a position of strength.  Learn about your pregnancy, options, and available resources to move forward knowing that you’re well-informed.  Find the practical and emotional support you need to stand strong.  Our caring, expert staff at Avenue is available to help you achieve this. 

Call, text, chat, or email to connect with us!  Avenue is a judgment-free zone, where you’ll be met with warmth and unconditional empathy.

*If you believe that your safety, your partner’s safety, or anyone else’s safety may be at risk, contact 911 immediately.

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.