Are you experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and feel undecided when it comes to adoption or abortion? 

The truth is, no two women are the same, which means there’s no one-size-fits-all solution regarding your pregnancy. As you decide what’s right for you, it’s important to learn about all of your options. 

Empower Life Center is here to help you explore your options and decide whether abortion or adoption is right for you.

What are the different types of abortion procedures?  

There are two main types of abortion — medical and surgical.

A medical abortion requires taking two drugs called mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone is used to terminate the pregnancy by depriving it of the nutrients it needs to grow. Misoprostol is then taken to cause contractions to expel the fetal tissue from the uterus.

Medical abortions are available in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. 

Surgical abortions are available throughout the pregnancy and require an invasive process to remove the pregnancy tissue. The method and form of abortion used will depend on how developed the fetus is.

What are the side effects and risks of abortion? 

Medical abortions are associated with side effects including:

  • Cramping
  • Bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness

They may also result in more severe health risks including infection, sepsis, and hemorrhaging.

Surgical abortions will often be accompanied by cramping, as well as more severe risks such as infection, uterine perforation, heavy bleeding, and retained fetal tissue. 

What steps should I take before deciding if abortion is right for me? 

Before getting an abortion, you’ll need to receive an ultrasound scan to determine the age and location of your pregnancy. We also recommend scheduling a consultation with a medical professional to discuss the risks you may face. Empower Life Center provides these services at no cost to you.

What are the different types of adoption?

Adoption is a great option for those who don’t feel ready to parent and don’t feel like abortion is right for them. When it comes to adoption, there are two types — open and closed.

Closed adoptions are for those who would like their adoptions to remain anonymous and do not feel comfortable having a relationship with the child or adoptive family after giving birth.

The most common form of adoption today is an open adoption. Open adoptions allow the mother to choose the family her child will be placed with and typically involves some form of relationship between the child and the birth mother, whether via photos, text, email, or visits. 

Open adoption can be an incredibly empowering option. As the birth mother, you’ll be in control each step of the way, getting to make impactful choices for your child’s future.

What steps should I take before deciding if adoption is right for me? 

Are you interested in exploring the option of adoption further? Schedule an appointment with Empower Life Center to confirm your pregnancy with an ultrasound scan, learn more about your options, and ask any questions you may have.

Once you’re ready to move forward, our helpful staff will get you connected with an adoption agency to help you take steps towards creating the adoption plan that’s right for you. 

Schedule your free appointment at Empower Life Center! 

Deciding between adoption and abortion is not an easy choice and thankfully we’re here to help you make an empowered choice for your pregnancy. Schedule your free appointment with Empower Life Center today!