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Your Options

If you have an unexpected pregnancy, CARE CLINIC wants to help you consider your OPTIONS.

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Your Options
 

If you're pregnant, you have three options: 1) give birth and parent the baby, 2) give birth and choose someone to parent for you, or 3) have an abortion.

Here are some common questions and answers about the choices you're facing. 

  • How will my choice affect my body?
  • How much is this going to cost?
  • How will my choice affect my future?
  • Who can I talk to? Who will support me?

If you have other questions, call our office at (906) 228-CARE. Your questions are important, we want to help you find the answers you need to make the best choice.

 
Maybe you know people who have had to make this kind of decision about their unborn baby, but you want to learn the facts for yourself. That's where Pregnancy Services can help.

How will my choice affect my body?

 
Pregnancy:   Abortion:
A normal pregnancy lasts nine months, and every woman's experience is different. Weight gain, increased appetite and swelling of the breasts occur during almost all pregnancies; other common effects can include nausea in the early months and fatigue toward the end of pregnancy. To ensure the healthiest pregnancy possible for you and your baby, we recommend that you seek prenatal care from a medical doctor.   An elective abortion requires either a medical or surgical procedure to terminate your pregnancy. The most common risks associated with an abortion include excessive bleeding, cramping, nausea and diarrhea. In a low percentage of cases, there are severe risks associated with an abortion. These include, but are not limited to, infection, damage to the cervix, uterine perforation, future miscarriage and infertility.

How much is this going to cost?

 

Pregnancy:   Abortion:
The financial cost of pregnancy and delivery is usually covered, at least in part, by insurance. Financial assistance is available for women who do not have health insurance.

The emotional "cost" of pregnancy includes excitement, anxiety, feelings of anticipation and worry. After the baby is born, many women experience some depression - this is called "post-partum depression" or "the baby blues."

  The financial cost of an abortion depends on how far along you are in pregnancy. It usually ranges from $300 to $1,000 or more; the procedure may or may not be covered by your insurance.

Women who have had an abortion often pay a high emotional cost, too. Many of them struggle with grief, sadness, depression, anxiety, guilt and other problems, even many years after the abortion.

How will my choice affect my future?

 
Pregnancy:   Abortion:
The responsibilities of raising a child are great, but the rewards are immeasurable. Even though having a baby may affect your educational plans and/or career in some way, remember: many women in your situation still go through with their pregnancy and still find a way to achieve their goals.   Women who have an abortion will not face the responsibilities of pregnancy and motherhood, but many experience feelings of regret for the rest of their lives, particularly on anniversaries of the abortion date or the baby's due date.

 

Who can I talk to? Who will support me?

 
You may fear that your friends and family will desert you in the choice you make, but they may surprise you by offering support during this difficult time. Also, Care Clinic Services counselors are available to listen and provide encouragement and practical help; they will not judge you or pressure you into doing something that you don't want to do.
 
 

For more information go to these sites:

 
www.thinkaboutitonline.com
www.standupgirl.com

www.gravityteen.com

Also

www.optionline.org

www.ramahinternational.org

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS:

CALL  906-228-2273

OR STOP BY

CARE CLINIC

1213 N. Third Street

Marquette, Michigan

 

 

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