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Weighing Abortion Pros and Cons

Many decisions in life aren’t all that easy to face. And the bigger a decision is, the harder and more complicated it can be to make. A long list of pros and cons might be smack dab in the middle of a hard choice. This is often the case with an unexpected pregnancy decision, especially if you’re thinking about a possible abortion. You might have many reasons both for and against an abortion, and feeling uncertain about how you’re going to move forward. It can be helpful to understand that you aren’t alone if you feel this way. There are many other women with a long list of their own pros and cons about abortion.

If you’re considering an abortion and uncertain about your next steps, Avenue Women’s Center is here to help. We’ve provided free pregnancy decision services to women in the Chicagoland area for nearly 40 years. Come in for a private and confidential consultation to discuss the possible pros and cons of all your options, including abortion. Our expert staff will address your personal concerns and questions about abortion without judgment and with reliable information about all of your options. Contact us today for your free appointment!

Why Women Consider Abortion

Women have all different kinds of unique reasons they may consider abortion. Although the reasons vary from person to person, financial hardships, limited health care, and minimal resources are among the most common practical concerns. Career and education goals can be additional practical considerations in an abortion decision, especially if a woman is in a transitional period of life.

Other reasons for an abortion might be more personal, and these aren’t always things that get talked about as openly. Personal relationships can play a major role in a pregnancy decision, whether it’s differing opinions in a long-term relationship, on-and-off dating, a casual fling, or even close family members. Without the support of your partner or loved ones, parenting can seem like an overwhelming option.

Some women might find more pros on their list of reasons for an abortion, feeling certain that it’s their best option in an unexpected pregnancy situation. On the other hand, several women struggle with an abortion decision with an equally as long list of cons against it.

Why Women Struggle with Abortion

Abortion can be hard to think about if you aren’t sure it’s right for you. Many women struggle with a decision about abortion if it conflicts with their individual values, faith system, or religion. Even if an abortion seems best in a difficult pregnancy situation, it might not feel like it. You could be worried about how you’ll emotionally handle an abortion if you’re feeling conflicted about it against your personal beliefs.

There might also be health-related concerns involved with continuing a pregnancy if a woman has a medical condition or reproductive challenges. Your feelings might be mixed even if it seems better for your physical health to choose abortion.

Women might also struggle with an abortion consideration if they became pregnant in a physically and/or mentally abusive relationship, or from a sexually abusive experience. They might fear their safety, the health of their pregnancy, or how they could emotionally cope with a pregnancy in the face of these difficult circumstances.

Your Personal Abortion Pros and Cons

Your own pros and cons list might either look fairly similar or vastly different than these reasons. Abortion is a personal decision that is ultimately a woman’s to make for herself. No one can or should pressure you to choose abortion if you aren’t completely certain it’s best for you.

You could have a longer list of pros, but your cons might be more substantive—and vice versa. Dig into your own personal reasons for and against a possible abortion to gain a better understanding of your thoughts and feelings. What information might be helpful to know with any concerns or drawbacks on your mind? How can you learn more about the different abortion options, types, and potential effects to move forward in your decision?

At Avenue Women’s Center, we care about providing women with accurate and reliable information about all of their pregnancy options, including abortion. Women who come into any of our five DuPage County locations are met with compassion, understanding, and nonjudgmental support in a secure and completely confidential environment. Learn more information about abortion and abortion alternatives today with a free options consultation. Call, text, chat, or email us today!

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.