Is Abortion or Adoption Right for Me?

Choosing a pregnancy option amidst an unplanned pregnancy can feel daunting. And if you know you’re uninterested in parenting, you may wonder about your remaining options. 

Two options are available: abortion and adoption. Consider each option carefully and weigh its pros and cons. New Beginnings of Winchester is here to help you make an informed decision. 

Understanding Abortion

Abortion is the only option for terminating a viable pregnancy. Two abortion procedures are performed in the United States: medical abortion and surgical abortion. 

Medical abortion uses mifepristone and misoprostol to end the pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, and misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels the pregnancy tissue. 

The use of mifepristone is FDA-approved through ten weeks gestation. 

If you have a medical abortion, you’ll experience abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. Some women also experience:

  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Chills

Surgical abortion uses a combination of medication, surgical instruments, and suctioning to end the pregnancy. 

Having a surgical abortion will cause abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. As with other abortion procedures, these side effects can range from mild to severe. And any abortion procedure carries risks like infection and heavy bleeding.

Before considering abortion, confirm key pregnancy details with an obstetric ultrasound. This scan verifies information like viability, gestational age, and location. 

You’ll need these details to inform you of your options and identify certain conditions requiring medical treatment. Protect your health and receive the facts before making a decision.

Is Adoption the Best Choice?

Adoption has significantly changed in recent years. Now, you have control over the process more than ever. As the birth mother, you can select the adoptive family and determine your ideal level of contact.

If you choose adoption, you can select from three plans: open, semi-open, and closed. Each allows for a different level of contact and privacy. And it’s your choice; no one can pressure you to make a specific decision. 

It’s essential to note you won’t pay for any adoption services. You may be entitled to financial and material compensation for pregnancy-related expenses. Adoption agencies exist to help you and your baby.

We’re Here For You

New Beginnings of Winchester provides free, confidential peer-to-peer options counseling services for those with unplanned pregnancies. We don’t provide or refer for abortion services, but we offer accurate information on all your options. 

Contact us today to make an appointment.