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My Options

I am pregnant – where do I go from here?

When you find out that you are pregnant, it can be overwhelming to consider all of the options. Of all the options, there are three you can focus on to determine which path is best for you: Parenting, Adoption, and Abortion. Only you can decide what is best for you, but you are not alone in making that decision; we are here to help you because you matter to us. A staff member at your local Pregnancy Resource Center is available to listen to your concerns and answer all of the questions you might have.


Abortion is the termination of your pregnancy. When considering this option, it is important to understand what abortion will do to your body, both during the procedure and after. Our trained client advocates are available to talk you through any and all questions you may have regarding abortion.

There are both medical and surgical abortions available. The types of abortion that may be available to you will depend on a variety of factors, including how far along you are in your pregnancy.

At the Pregnancy Resource Center, we do not refer nor perform abortions. However, you are entitled to understanding your options so that you can make a fully informed decision. Our trusted client advocates are available to answer those questions and go over abortion procedures with you, should you want to ask any questions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment regarding your options.

We can imagine that there are a million different thoughts racing through your mind at this exact moment: What am I going to do? How can I tell my parents? Is my partner going to be OK with this? Who is the father? Where are we going to live? How will I finish my degree? How can I keep working with a pregnancy? We see women in every kind of circumstance.

Terminating your pregnancy is a huge decision that should not be taken lightly. Just like any other surgical or medical procedure, abortion is a serious choice that can have serious physical and emotional ramifications. You need to be fully informed about what is happening to your body, all of your medical rights, and all of the abortion options. You need to know and understand the risks before an abortion decision is made. While we do not perform abortions, we strongly believe in your right to informed consent, and we have trained client advocates to do just that for you. We believe in your right to be equipped and empowered to make the right decision for you and your child and that is why we are standing by to answer any and all questions you have while also loving and caring on you. Everyone deserves love and understanding, and that includes you too.

The first step for any decision is verifying pregnancy. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment for free pregnancy testing and ultrasound.


When it comes to parenting your child, it is completely normal to have more questions than answers when considering this option. These questions might make it overwhelming to consider parenting as an option. From the clients we have served, here are a few of the concerns we have seen:

  • How will I ever tell my family?
  • How am I going to keep working?
  • Where will I live?
  • Can I finish school while raising a child?
  • I can’t afford to be a parent
  • I am way too young/old to have a baby
  • I don’t have health insurance
  • Where will my child and I live?
  • What if I want the baby but my partner doesn’t?

Through volunteers and programs at the Pregnancy Resource Center, we can help you find answers to these questions. We can also assist you in identifying support through relationships and resources in your community. You don’t have to make this decision alone. We know that there is a lot to consider when making the decision to parent. You are valued and so is your decision. Click here to make an appointment.


When it comes to adoption, there are many choices to consider: Will it be open or closed? Will it be private, or will you use an agency? These additional questions, on top of making a decision in your pregnancy, can lead to even more stress. That is why we want to help you answer those questions and assist you in making an adoption plan. There are many things to consider if you find yourself in any of these situations:

  • You aren’t quite ready to parent, but you also don’t want to seek an abortion
  • You want to provide your child with a 2-parent home
  • You want to provide your child with both emotional and financial stability

In adoptions today, you reserve the right of knowing your child and being a part of their life, should you so choose. This is called an open adoption, one of a few different options you have when considering if this might be the right path for both you and your child. You can have the peace of knowing your child is both loved and cared for by a couple you choose.

We also want to acknowledge that adoption can be a very difficult option to consider, and it is not one to be taken lightly. Carrying a child and turning it over to a different family can inflict emotional wounds, however, we want to be there for you and assist in whatever way you need. At the Pregnancy Resource Center, we can not only help you understand your options within adoption, we can help you understand and cope with the outcomes that come from choosing this path. We want to help because your emotions and feelings matter to us.