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Along this little journey called “decision-making” we’ve gone through several steps: embracing the reality of our situations, gathering information, and including others into the process. So, what’s next? Action.

4. Move forward. After all things have been considered, you can make a decision that you can stand behind. Anyone who is facing a major life decision would do the same. Even when you make a big purchase or consider a career change, similar steps are involved—recognizing the need, searching for information, and considering alternatives. ONLY after all these steps are complete can a proper decision be made. It is even more important to follow through with this process when you are facing pregnancy.

5. Evaluate your decision. What will the outcomes be? Will there be anything you might later regret? We never want you to find yourself in this stage. That is why it is important that you follow through the entire process and consider the implications of each option—abortion, adoption or parenting. If for some reason, after following all these steps, you still choose something you regret, there are people who will help. Although you can’t undo what’s been done, there are places for support and healing. Whether you are struggling to arrange for childcare, having trouble transitioning into your adoption plan, or dealing with sadness after an abortion—there are resources and services that will fit your individual situation and help you through whatever difficulties you may be facing.

So, yes, there’s a big decision lying before you and more than likely, it won’t be a painless one. But before you get completely overwhelmed, understand that there are steps you can take to make it easier than you might expect. Unfortunately, those 2 lines won’t be erased and the fact that you’re pregnant won’t go away. However, you aren’t alone in navigating this process. There are many people who would love to walk with you through this journey. So, step forward, consider your options and talk to someone who cares.

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.

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