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“I’ve Been Thinking a Lot About Abortion”

Anyone who has seen a positive pregnancy test result staring back at them may have experienced a feeling of shock. In your case, as the surprise fades, a sense of panic may have taken its place. Now, you may start thinking a lot about having an abortion. With all of the extra noise about what you fear people will say, it can be hard to make sense of your emotions about the pregnancy. How your parents will react? What you’re going to do about your future? Aside from it not being something you planned for, what is driving you towards an abortion decision? Are there any external pressures that may be influencing your choice?

Being stressed about an unexpected pregnancy can make it difficult to take things one step at a time. If you’re thinking about abortion, Avenue Women’s Center can provide free, relevant services to assist you in your pregnancy decision. Confirm your pregnancy with a medical-grade pregnancy test. Then, receive information regarding your gestational age and what abortion procedures you may qualify for during an ultrasound appointment. Our caring client advocates will provide information regarding abortion risks and procedures, addressing your unique questions and concerns.  

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Thinking About Abortion:  Making a Decision

While you may have heard how each woman has three options when it comes to pregnancy – abortion, adoption, and parenting – perhaps you’re leaning towards abortion. As with any of your choices, there’s often a lot of questions and emotions behind this decision. You may even have some concerns you’d like clarified. For some women thinking about abortion, they may find it beneficial to their decision to talk it over with someone.

If you’re concerned about telling your friends or family about the unexpected pregnancy because you fear what they may say, there are resources available to you. Seeking advice from a counselor at school, a spiritual leader, a family therapist, or a pregnancy consultant may allow you to discuss your feelings about pregnancy and abortion.

Providing you with space to talk freely, a consultation session will usually involve your counselor or pregnancy consultant listening as you tell your story. Acting as an observer, the professional you’ve chosen to confide in is generally not there to sway you into a decision. Rather, as you listen to yourself and voice your anxieties aloud, your therapist or consultant may ask questions about reoccurring themes in your thought patterns.

Processing an unexpected pregnancy is tough, and making a choice about it can seem overwhelming. But taking the time to talk about how you may be feeling may lead to some of your questions being answered. Which, in turn, can inspire a bit more confidence when it comes to choosing one of your options.

Thinking About Abortion:  Considering Your Thoughts

It may be helpful to prepare for your meeting with the counselor or pregnancy consultant beforehand. This way, you may have a general idea of what you may want to talk about, with some helpful questions to have on hand.

  • What are my feelings about abortion?
  • Are there any pros and cons I should weigh?
  • Will I need access to support after an abortion?

As you begin to contemplate abortion and your pregnancy, remember the old saying: “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  It’s typically not realistic to expect yourself to have everything figured out immediately after you’ve confirmed your pregnancy through a test. Most women usually come up with a plan within a few short days.

This is a process that may take time. Try to breathe as you consider what kind of supportive network you may have behind you, and how others may be able to help you. Every woman’s experience with abortion and an unexpected pregnancy tends to be different. This means it’s often beneficial to have access to a safe, confidential environment where you know you can receive compassionate assistance.

As you think about abortion and your unexpected pregnancy options, remember you are not alone. Avenue Women’s Center offers an opportunity to discuss your concerns with an expert pregnancy consultant who will listen and walk alongside you through this journey. You deserve access to support. Our services are specifically designed to help you feel confident about choosing one of your three options.

Reach out today to start receiving information and support regarding your unexpected pregnancy and your choices!

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.