Abortion or adoption? It can be challenging to envision each option for you as you try to decide what’s best for your life. In this post, we’ll explore both options a little more so that you can gain a little more insight and understanding of each.
What About Abortion?
Abortion takes place when a woman decides to have an elective termination of a viable pregnancy. This can be accomplished in two ways, a medication abortion or a surgical abortion.
Before an abortion, women should understand all the risks and complications that can occur. Most abortions are outpatient procedures, so women are responsible for monitoring their health for any signs or symptoms that may point toward a life-threatening complication.
Risks can vary depending on the type of abortion. However, some risks can include the following:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Other risks may include:
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
The Mayo Clinic states that deciding to have an abortion may not be easy. “Talk with your health care provider to get answers to your questions, help you weigh alternatives, and consider the impact the procedure may have on your future.”
What About Adoption?
Adoption has many different options and usually has a plan that fits your life and desires. Adoption allows a very hopeful couple the ability to complete their family.
Some options include:
- Open Adoption: This allows you to have a significant role in the child’s life.
- Semi-Open Adoption: Allows you to still stay in touch but gives you a little more space. An adoption professional will handle all the communication between you, the child, and the adoptive family.
- Closed Adoption: Allows you to stay completely anonymous.
Getting more information on these options can help you gain clarity on if this is right for you.
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