*a volunteer story
“We lived in an apartment. My parents were divorced and my mother had to leave us alone a lot while she worked. My brothers and I roamed the neighborhood most days, making friends and playing.
On this particular day my brothers were playing with a kid named Scott. I don’t remember what he looked like, but I’ve never forgotten his name.
We were playing hide-and-seek. Scott and I ended up in my bedroom and we were “hiding” under my covers. He asked me to take my clothes off. I was only eight years old.
My little brother walked in on us, and would threaten to tell my mother. He used it as “blackmail” for several days after. One night while we were eating dinner as a family he just blurted it out.
I can still picture myself—sitting on the curb in front of the apartment that night. Alone. Crying. Scared. Ashamed.
I don’t remember what my mother said about it, but I know what she didn’t say:
My innocence was stolen from me…..I didn’t give it away. It would take me forty years to begin to understand this. Until we tell someone who can be trusted, we will believe the lies written on our hearts as children. Meanwhile, we will leave a trail of pain and brokenness wherever we go—believing it’s who we are.”
Maybe you have a similar story, I’m here to tell you that you are loved. You are worthy of love and respect. You are beautiful. You are not responsible for the things done to you when you had no reason and logic. You have value and worth that can never be stolen.
At the CPC we care for you when experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, but we are also a source of encouragement and comfort when you’re doubting your worth because your innocence was stolen from you. Many of the staff and volunteers have been in your shoes, and believe me when I say, we’re here for you. We are that someone that can be trusted. Call or email us today if you want to know more, we can also refer you to professional counseling services in your area.
You are not alone. You matter, we CARE.
Medical vs Surgical abortionRead Now
Unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion? We’ve got some helpful information for you. It is important to know what to expect in both procedures in order to prepare yourself. Let’s take a look at medical and surgical abortions and see how they compare.
One thing medical and surgical abortions have in common is that neither happen in just a day. Both require multiple visits to the abortion clinic. Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy will determine which abortion procedure is available to you. It’s important to have an ultrasound prior to know exactly how far along you are. The CPC offers free pregnancy tests, options counseling, and free limited ultrasounds to our clients. Take a look at the chart provided to compare a little more about medical and surgical abortions.
*chart provided by "Before you Decide" magazine, Ed. 2
What are the risks:
Like other procedures, there are associated risks with both medical and surgical abortions. Medical abortions can be very dangerous if you have an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy. Because the completion of a medical abortion typically occurs in your home, many women have also shared that expelling their fetus has been a difficult situation to handle. Surgical abortion risks range from heavy bleeding, incomplete abortion, death, emotional distress, and several others. We offer free options counseling where you can talk with an unbiased, trained volunteer or staff member more about what to expect and associated risks in a medical and surgical abortion.
How much is it going to cost:
The cost of an abortion is greatly impacted by how far along you are in your pregnancy. In Louisiana the price range of an abortion can be anywhere from $500-$850 or more. At the CPC, you can receive free services like pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, options information, and more.
We’re here for you. We aren’t here to judge you or tell you what to do. We want to be a resource that empowers you to make informed decisions because we believe informed decisions are the best decisions. If you want to learn more about abortion procedures, adoption, and parenting, you’re one click away from receiving encouragement, empowerment, and helpful information! We’re ready to serve you!
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