Abortion vs. Adoption – You always have a choice.
Updated: Aug 11
Once a woman is faced with an unexpected pregnancy there is absolutely no easy "answer". We have all faced challenges in our lives that brought us to difficult decisions. Being informed is so important so you can know what the best thing for you and your baby is. Below are some thoughts to help compare abortion and adoption.
Abortion Cost - ranges from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on your provider and stage of pregnancy.
Adoption Cost - FREE - Adoption Services are at no cost to you for medical, legal, and even approved living expenses while you are pregnant can be covered.
Abortion - Side effects may occur with induced abortion, whether surgical or by pill. These include abdominal pain and cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Abortion also carries the risk of significant complications such as bleeding, infection, and damage to organs. Many women have even struggled to be able to have a baby later in their life. It's been reported that at least 1 in 100 women that abort early in the pregnancy have had further complications. The risk always increases the further along a person is in the pregnancy.
Consider Other Risks of Abortion:
Unintended Abortion and Preterm Birth for future pregnancies
Links to Abortion and Breast Cancer
Adoption - There would be the normal risks there are in pregnancy and giving birth. You would need to be more aware of what activities you are involved with during the pregnancy and try to eat healthy for you and the baby to be healthy. You may have more financial needs and potentially have to be out of work for a little period of time, however, the agency can help you with reasonable financial needs so it can help relieve this kind of stress for you throughout the pregnancy, and even for a period of time after the birth and adoption takes place.
Emotional and Psychological Impact of Abortion vs. Adoption:
Abortion - Abortion is a final and permanent solution which leads to the end of a potential life. For those who experience regret, it's something that they carry for the rest of their life. Studies have shown that it takes up to 10 years for a woman to fully process an abortion procedure. There is evidence that abortion is associated with a decrease in both emotional and physical health. For some women these negative emotions may be very strong and can appear within days or after many years. This psychological response is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Flashbacks of abortion
Alcohol and drug abuse
In 1 out of every 50 late term abortions. Complications may include:
Damage to the Cervix
Scarring of the Uterine Lining
Perforation of the Uterus
Damage to Internal Organs
Adoption - Adoption is also a permanent decision. Some women do experience sadness that they are not the one to be raising the child. In contrast to abortion, a woman can, through her potential sadness, also see that they've given a priceless gift of life to a child and a priceless gift of parenthood to a person/couple. They can see the child's accomplishments, and sometimes even share a loving relationship with the child. If a person has good support and counseling throughout their process, many times they won't have some of the possible emotional issues that a person would have going through an adoption alone without that support. One of our reps will be there to guide you and support you through the entire process.
Relationship problems - typically with a family member or friend who did not agree with your adoption plan
Guilt - wondering if your child will ever want to know you or if they might resent you for your choice
Depression - adoption and abortion are both a physical loss and take time to process; the difference is with adoption you can see positive in your child because of your choice that brings healing; in abortion, you can experience shame and will never know your child or what kind of life they could have had
Abortion - Most states have laws which limit a time frame to which abortion is an option.
Adoption - Adoption is an option which always exists. In fact, in the state of SC if DSS is going to be involved you have the right to create a domestic adoption plan through an agency which would potentially allow a relationship with the child over time.
Counseling & Support
Abortion - most states mandate some kind of counseling or talk with someone before a procedure is to take place. The counseling is potentially limited and biased because many entities profit from your decision.
Adoption - Most reputable agencies will offer counseling and support to you throughout the process and even after. The agency can also provide third party counseling to you. Hope Embraced staff has personal experience and is committed to being a support and encouragement to you for life.
Adoption gives a woman the opportunity to take the power back in her own life by turning around the greatest challenges she may possibly be facing into the choice to give one of greatest blessings to another family. She can make a decision she can live with and feel good about.
Embracing Hope Adoptions offers free pregnancy services in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina, to just name a few. If you are considering abortion in any of these states, please call us first. Adoption is a beautiful experience for you and your unborn baby. All our pregnancy counseling is free to you. If you are pregnant, trust a reputable adoption agency. If you choose adoption, our services are free to you as well.
Please keep in mind before you have an abortion one of the most important steps is to consult medical professionals and a doctor to ensure you are fully informed about the procedure and process of getting an abortion.
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