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Unintended Pregnancy

What are my options if I have an unintended pregnancy?


Often, unintended pregnancies represent a failure in prevention. The first step in preventing unwanted pregnancies is either to abstain, or to use contraception effectively. About half of the 5 million pregnancies in the United States are unplanned each year, and half of these pregnancies result in abortion. Young women in particular are likely to have abortions: 34% of all abortions were performed on women between the ages of 20 to 24, and women between the ages of 11 and 19 comprise another 21%. This infosheet provides factual information about your options.

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What are my options if I have an unintended pregnancy?

If you become unexpectedly pregnant, there are several options to consider.

To continue with the pregnancy and raise the child...

For more information about young parenting, visit:
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To continue with the pregnancy and give up the child for adoption...
If you feel that you are not ready to raise a child but are not sure you want to terminate your pregnancy, you might consider adoption.

Good resources on adoption can be accessed through:
National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
National Council for Adoption
The American Adoption Congress: 1-800-274-6736
Adoption Links

To terminate the pregnancy by having an abortion...
There are many different views on abortion and you need to decide what your own personal beliefs are. Most abortions occur during the first trimester of pregnancy when the procedure is safest.
Choosing Abortion - Questions and Answers (Copyright B) PPFA)
Abortion in the U.S. - Factsheet

If you are unsure of what to do if you are pregnant, there are resources that can help you to explore the different questions, issues, and options available.

A guide that may be helpful to you is "What If I Am Pregnant?" by Planned Parenthood.

You should also contact a local health care provider or clinic. People who work at these places are able to discuss these options with you and are able to refer you to different resources or a counselor. [ To Top ]

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  14. Post-Abortion Issues (Copyright B) National Abortion Federation)
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