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WV Focus: Reproductive Education and Equality

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Pregnancy Options

Options Counseling is Your Right

You have a right to receive comprehensive, non-biased counseling and support. This includes information about abortion, adoption, and parenting and an exploration of your feelings about pursuing each choice. Beware of any counselors who try to steer you in one direction or scare you away from certain choices. These counselors may try to convince you to make a choice that fits with their religious or political agenda.

Anti-choice groups have opened “crisis pregnancy centers” that are really intended to prevent women from choosing abortion, rather than helping them make the decision that is best for them. If you feel a counselor is pressuring you to make a choice that isn’t right for you, find another clinic.

To learn more about “crisis pregnancy centers” or “CPCs” that may be operating in your community call WV FREE at 304.342.9188.

An Unplanned Pregnancy: Your Decision

If you are pregnant and did not plan to be, you have options. Many women have made the difficult decision between abortion, adoption, and motherhood. But remember: you are not alone. The decision is yours to make. If you feel guilty, isolated, upset, and unsure of what to do next consider seeking support from your partner, your family, friends, clergy, or a professional counselor.

How can I decide which decision is best for me?

Consider each of your options carefully. Ask yourself:

  • Which decision(s) could I live with?
  • Which decision(s) would be impossible for me?
  • How would each decision affect my everyday life?
  • What would each decision mean to the people closest to me?

It may help to take time and ask yourself:

  • What is going on in my life?
  • What are my plans for the future?
  • What are my spiritual and moral beliefs?
  • What do I believe is best for me in the long run?
  • What can I afford?

Reprinted with permission from Planned Parenthood® Federation of America, Inc. © 2004 PPFA. All rights reserved.

Seek Care Right Away!

You deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and your decisions deserve the same treatment. If you are pregnant, seek care from a healthcare provider right away, regardless of whether you choose to continue your pregnancy. There are many health concerns, such as ectopic pregnancy (where a pregnancy is implanted in the fallopian tubes) and high blood pressure that must be checked for and addressed early on.

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