July 25, 2024

Is abortion the right option for me?

Abortion is very common, and people have abortions for many reasons. Only you know what’s best for you, but good information and support can really help you make the decision that is best for your own health and well-being.

Why do people decide to have an abortion?

If you thinking about having an abortion, you’re so not alone. Millions of people face unplanned pregnancies every year, and about 4 out of 10 of them decide to get an abortion. Some people with planned pregnancies also get abortions because of health and safety reasons.

Sometimes the decision is simple. Other times, it’s complicated. But either way, the decision to have an abortion is personal and you’re the only one who can make that decision.

Everyone has their own unique and valid reasons for a medical or surgical abortion. Some of many different reasons people decide to end a pregnancy include:

  • They want to be the best parent possible to the kids you already have.
  • You’re not ready to be a parent yet.
  • It’s not a good time in your life to have a baby.
  • You’re not in a relationship with the person you want to have a baby with.
  • You want to finish school, focus on work, achieve other goals before having a baby.
  • You’re in an abuse relationship or were sexually assaulted.
  • The pregnancy is dangerous or bad for your health.
  • The fetus won’t survive the pregnancy or will suffer after birth
  • You don’t want to be a parent.

Deciding to have an abortion doesn’t mean you don’t want or love children. In fact, 6 out of 10 people who get abortions already have kids – many of them decide to end their pregnancies so they can focus on the children they already have. And people who aren’t already parents when they get an abortion often go on to have a baby later, when they feel they are in a better position to be a good parent. The bottom line is, deciding if and when to have a baby is very personal, and only you know what’s best for you and your family.

What can I think about to help me decide?

Family, relationships, school, work, life, goals, health, safety, and personal beliefs – people think carefully about these things before having an abortion. But you’re the only person walking in your shoes, and the only person who can decide whether to have an abortion. The decision is 100% yours.

Here are some things to consider if you are thinking about an abortion :

  • Am I ready to be a parent?
  • Would I consider adoption?
  • What would it mean for my future if I had a child now?
  • How would being a parent affect of career goals?
  • Do I have strong personal or religious beliefs about abortion?
  • Is anyone pressuring me to have or not have an abortion?
  • Would having an abortion change my life in a way I do or don’t want?
  • What kind of support would I need and get if I decided to get an abortion?
  • What kind of support would I need and get if I decided to have a baby?

Decisions about your pregnancy are deeply personal. You hold the power to make decisions that are best for you in order to stay on your own path to a healthy and meaningful life. There are lots of things to consider, and it’s totally normal to have many different feelings and thoughts when making this decision. That’s why it’s important to get factual, non-judgmental information about abortion. Support from family, friends, partners, and other people you can trust can also be helpful. But at the end of the day, only you know what right for you.

When do I have to make a decision?

It’s important to take the time you need to make the best decision for you. It’s also a good idea to talk to a nurse or doctor as soon as you can so you can get the best medical care possible.

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