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You’re Pregnant. Now What?

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 terrified.
Didn’t know how I’d tell my family members, or just what I was going to do with myself after that.

How am I gonna take care of a little baby when I’m just figuring out how to take care of myself?

Most women facing an unplanned pregnancy will decide whether or not to keep their baby within the first 24 hours of finding out they’re pregnant. Unfortunately, many of those decisions will be made based on fear rather than knowledge. You have the advantage of making a confident choice by taking this time to get informed about your options.

How much time do you really have to decide?  If you’re like the majority of women facing unplanned pregnancy today, you discovered you were pregnant at about 4-6 weeks gestation. Because early term abortion procedures can be obtained up until 14 weeks, you likely still have several weeks to explore all of the alternatives available to you.
In a 2004 poll, 64% of American women said they felt pressured by their peers to choose abortion.1 You have the right to make decisions about your pregnancy without external pressure.  CompassCare offers free, nonjudgmental, unbiased, and confidential services to help you sort through the voices you’re hearing and to provide you with the facts you need to make a truly informed decision.

Remember that even though outside influences may make your situation feel urgent, in actuality, there’s plenty of time to gather the facts necessary to make a confident, educated choice.  Although abortion has become a prominent solution to the issue of unwanted pregnancy, deciding whether to have one may not be so easy.
And you’re not alone.  Each year over 12,000 women become pregnant in Monroe County.  32% of them will choose abortion over carrying their babies to term.2  The unique struggles women face today play a major role in that decision, the top reasons being:

  • They feel like they aren’t ready to start a family.
  • They feel like they can’t afford a baby right now.
  • They feel like they are too young and/or the pregnancy would not be supported by loved ones.
  • They believe that being pregnant and/or raising a child will interfere with school or a job.3

These are legitimate concerns and often abortion seems the path of least resistance.  However, there are other aspects of your pregnancy that may be important to know first, such as:

  • Were the results of my home pregnancy test really accurate?
  • If they were, how far along am I?
  • Are there any possible complications with this pregnancy?
  • Is the pregnancy even viable?
  • Am I too far along to be eligible for an abortion?
  • Will having an abortion effect my ability to have children in the future?
  • Is it important to know if I have an STD?
  • What if I’ve been using drugs?

A medical examination and testing are necessary to answer all of these questions.   CompassCare has nurses available to evaluate your unique situation, so your options can be based on your individual circumstances.  CompassCare offers services such as pregnancy confirmation, STD testing, ultrasound imaging and options consultation.

Ultimately, the first and most important thing to get in the event of an unplanned pregnancy is knowledge.  Whatever your decision, a well-informed choice will be the best one that you can make.

“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.”
– James Thurber

CompassCare is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide women with a safe, professional environment to receive the information needed to make well-informed decisions.

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1 Rue, V.M., Coleman, P. K., Rue, J. J. and Reardon, D. C. (2004). “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women.” Medical Science Monitor, 10(10), SR5-16.

2 NYS Department of Health (2009). “Table 22: Abortion ratios by woman’s age and resident county New York State – 2009.” Vital Statistics of New York State 2009. Available from http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/vital_statistics/2009/table22.htm; retrieved 15 April 2011.

3 Finer, L. B., Frohwirth, L. F., Dauphinee, L. A., Singh, S. and Moore, A. M., Guttmacher Institute. (2005). “Reasons U.S. women have abortions: Quantitative and qualitative perspectives.” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 37(3), 110–118.