If you have gotten pregnant and are not in a state where you are able to keep the baby, you will need to make some difficult decisions about what your next steps are going to be. You have two main options for not continuing with the pregnancy or with parenthood. The first is adoption, which is where you would give up your baby after going through the birth process. The second is abortion, which is when you stop the progression of the fetus and expel it from your body. You might not know which is right for you. Here are some questions to ask yourself before making the decision.
1. Can you afford the doctor's appointments?
The first thing that you want to ask yourself before choosing between abortion and adoption is whether or not you will be able to pay for the doctor's appointments and the hospital bills related to actually carrying the pregnancy to term. This is a necessary expense or else you are risking both your health and that of your baby's. If you cannot pay for the appointments, you might want to contact a family that is looking to adopt a baby that you would feel comfortable giving your baby to. If they are willing to pay for your hospital and doctor's bills and you want to carry the pregnancy to term, then you should continue. If you cannot get the additional funding, then abortion might be your better option.
2. Can your body handle the pregnancy?
If you are likely to be able to carry the pregnancy to term without major internal problems and you are interested in giving the baby up for adoption, then you should do so. If your body is going to be damaged by the pregnancy and your life is in danger, then you should consider abortion.
3. Are you too far along?
Many states have abortion restrictions that will result in you not being able to terminate a pregnancy after a certain number of weeks or after a certain trimester has been reached. If you are in one of these states and are beyond the time limit, then you might want to either consider going to another country or another state, or you should consider continuing through with the pregnancy for adoption.
These are some practical considerations that you should make along with your beliefs about abortion before making any permanent decisions. Talk to a pregnancy counseling center for more information.