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Women have several options when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. If you feel that parenting isn’t the best option for you, there are two alternatives: abortion and adoption. 

It is essential that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. This can feel overwhelming, but you don’t have to go through the journey alone!

Is Abortion or Adoption Right for Me?

What is Abortion?

Abortion is the termination of a viable pregnancy. There are two types of abortion: medical abortion and surgical abortion. During a medical abortion, two medications are used: mifepristone and misoprostol. 

Mifepristone blocks progesterone which supports the baby growing in the uterus. Then misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels the baby through the vagina. 

Surgical abortion is a procedure in which the provider uses small instruments to dilate your cervix, sometimes with the aid of medication. Then, they use surgical instruments or suction to remove the baby from your uterus. 

Prior to having an abortion, it is crucial to carefully weigh the risks associated with each procedure. You must confirm your pregnancy’s viability and gestational age with an obstetrical ultrasound and share your complete health history and medications with your provider. 

Speaking with a trusted professional about your options will help you to consider the possible risks and side effects of these procedures. 

What is Adoption?

Adoption can be both an overwhelming and rewarding experience. You have the opportunity to help a couple build their family, but placing your child with a family can be emotionally difficult. It is vital that you have the information needed to make the decision that is best for you. 

There are three types of adoption:

  • Open adoption: In an open adoption, you have the opportunity to be a part of the child’s life. You will be in contact with their adoptive family and decide the level of communication you wish to have. 
  • Semi-open adoption: Choosing a semi-open adoption means you can still have contact with the adoptive family and the child, but communication will most likely occur through a third party.
  • Closed adoption: In a closed adoption, you do not have contact with the child and instead remain anonymous. Your adoption records will remain sealed. 

With adoption, you can choose the level of interaction that is best for you and your life. 

Have More Questions?

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and would like to consider your options, we are here for you! At LifeLine Pregnancy Center, we can help you weigh the pros and cons of each option. 

Contact us today to schedule a no-cost, confidential appointment. You are not alone!

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