For most people, pro-choice means a woman’s right to choose what she wants to do with her own body. Webster’s defines it simply as “favoring the legalization of abortion1.” But do either of those statements accurately define the term “pro-choice”? The literal meaning of the two words combined suggests a highly different concept – pro: […]
Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy today? No doubt you feel like you need to resolve this crisis quickly. The nurses at CompassCare understand how you’re feeling. Meet Kathy.
“I understand that you’re pregnant and that’s a scary thing for you, and that your feeling like you have all of these plans in front of you that you were hoping to do this year and that’s kind of up in the air now that you’re pregnant – and you don’t want to trade that off for a baby. On the other hand, this is reality. So I’m encouraging you to just think about it for awhile, and don’t feel pressured into making a choice before you’re ready to make a choice. Why don’t we talk about what the options are? We’ll think about it for a little bit so that you’re not facing feeling regret; making a decision in the spur of the moment under the pressure of circumstances in life right now and all of the voices that come against you right now. This is your decision. This is your life. And we’re here to help support you in processing your options and finding what will work for you.
“My name is Kathey Mauer and I’m a staff nurse at CompassCare in Rochester.”
The movie “Nine Months” (2001) takes a comical, but truthful look at the intense emotional roller coaster an unplanned pregnancy can take both the woman and a man on. At one point, Sam (Hugh Grant), distressed by the fact that he might have to get rid of his car and his cat, screams at his […]
“Every state requires that a patient consent before undergoing medical treatment and that the consent be ‘informed,’”1 yet only 35 states require that women receive counseling before an abortion is performed. This does not excuse your healthcare provider from fulfilling their responsibilities to communicate all possible short- and long-term side-effects of each treatment option. Your […]
Women choose abortion for many reasons. It can be a result of pressure from a boyfriend or a family member, fear of raising a child alone and at a young age, or just the fear of being pregnant. The reasons are complex, and the stories span the emotional spectrum, from relief to heart-rending grief. Read […]
Today’s adolescents are dealing with more sexual pressures than ever. By age 15, parental influence is eclipsed by the social weight of peers. Yet even with increased pressure, teens are often choosing not to engage in sex. In a recent study of over 4500 U.S. teenagers aged 15-19, sexual activity declined from 1988 to the […]
“Being 17, 18, you kinda are only made to think of yourself – kinda selfish when you’re in highschool. Um, I did want to go to college – I wanted to go to cosmetology school. I didn’t have a job. And now, having my son, I have a job as a manager and I’m going […]
When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, it’s common to consider the option of abortion. However, the doubts and fears associated with that choice may be stronger than you anticipated. If you’re not sure that abortion is right for you, take some time and get informed about all of your options. Abortion alternatives include both parenting […]
“It was a really difficult choice to make, and… I mean, even my parents, you know, had things to say about…‘Cause I was trying to get through to them, you know: where I’m at, how difficult this is for me. I was scared, but I’ll tell you,when I had the ultrasound at the center […]
You’ve just found out you’re pregnant and you have some important decisions to make. Abortion… adoption… becoming a parent… Your head is spinning with what to do next. “I was only 17, in highschool, and I didn’t know how his father would react.I didn’t know how I would finish my senior year. I was completely […]
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