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Your Options

Giving birth to the baby:  This gives you some different options.  You can raise the baby yourself or have another family member raise the baby like your parents or another relative.

Adoption:  Having the child and making an adoption plan is a third option.  There are 2 types. 

  • Open adoption is more common now.  You choose the parents for your child and decide with them how often you interact with them and the child.  This allows you to give the adoptive parents information about the child’s family history.
  • Closed adoption is less common.  In a closed adoption, an adoption agency makes the arrangements choosing the child’s parents.  There is usually no contact between the birth mother and the adoptive parents or child.

Abortion: terminating the pregnancy is legal.  No one can keep you from having an abortion.  No one can force you to have an abortion even if you are less than 21 years old.

*Is legal in California at any time during pregnancy.

*Usually performed in a clinic unless done late in a pregnancy.

*Two types

  • Medical (RU486)- by taking 2 different medications early in pregnancy. We also have information on successful reversal protocols after taking 1st drug.
  • Surgical- a doctor uses instruments.  There are different surgical procedures depending upon the stage of pregnancy and other factors.

*Goal- to end a pregnancy.

*Complications- Medical problems from abortion include bleeding, infection, and trouble getting pregnant after multiple abortions. Emotional problems may include anger, depression, regret, sadness, and addictions.  However, there is much controversy concerning both medical and emotional risks.  It is difficult to find accurate information.  It is, however, not logical to expect that a medical procedure is without risk.

For further information about types of surgical abortions, medical, and emotional complications of abortion see a short booklet published by the Pennsylvania Health Department called, “Abortion, Making a Decision.