Although many pregnancies in the U.S. are unexpected, each unplanned pregnancy can still carry a social stigma for the women going through it—especially those who are still in school, who are no longer in a relationship with the father of the child, or who are dealing with an unstable employment or housing situation. In these cases, it’s more important than ever to think through your options in a space that’s free from pressure and judgment.
Read on to learn more about the decisions that await every woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and how you can receive support for these decisions in a caring, confidential, and compassionate environment.
Your Pregnancy Options and Decision-Making Process
In some cases, pregnancies end in miscarriage, which means that making plans before you even know whether your pregnancy is viable could be putting the cart before the horse.
If you take a pregnancy test, followed by an ultrasound to determine that your pregnancy is viable and everything seems to be in order, it becomes time to consider some of your other options. These may include parenting, adoption, or abortion. There are many aspects to each of these decisions, and it can be helpful to talk them out with someone you trust, who won’t judge you for your thoughts, feelings, or opinions.
Because abortion is strictly regulated in all 50 states and is generally unavailable after a certain gestation period (usually 12-24 weeks), it may not always be an option. It’s important for you to know what resources could be available before making any decision. Whatever you decide will be a lifetime commitment, so you should put everything on the table in order to make the most confident decision.
How to Find Support When Making Your Decision
Family members and friends can often be a good source of emotional support. But in some cases, this “support” may feel more like pressure to make a certain decision—and fear of the social consequences if you make a different choice. By talking through your options with a neutral third party, like the compassionate client advocates available at Avail NYC, you’ll be able to have all your questions answered before you make a decision.
Avail provides information on all your available options. If you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy and aren’t sure about your next steps, schedule a decision-making or pregnancy test appointment today.
Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider.