Many women face unplanned pregnancies in the U.S., nearly half of all pregnancies that occur each year are unplanned. An unplanned pregnancy may have left you wondering what to do. Maybe you didn’t think it was the right time for a child, maybe the potential father wouldn’t have been good dad-material, or maybe you did not feel financially ready for a child. Whatever circumstances made you decide on abortion now fall in the shadow of a haunting thought whether you made the right decision or not. Maybe now you regret the decision to have an abortion, but no one ever mentioned you may regret it… Let me offer you some encouragement.
You are not alone. Nearly 1 in 4 women have had an abortion. According to a recent study, over half of the nearly 1,000 participating women in a post-abortive study sought counseling because of their abortion. Many articles you may come across online state that the majority of women feel no shame or regret after their abortion, but that has been widely questioned and discredited by multiple sources. If you are feeling regret, your feelings matter and should be acknowledged. We want to offer you support and healing.
If you find yourself struggling with anger, depression, substance abuse, relationship problems, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, nightmares, or guilt, you may find comfort in our abortion recovery support group. These can be common symptoms of post-abortion stress. We don’t promise immediate healing, but we can offer help from someone who has been there and has worked through the feelings you may be experiencing now.
You are valuable and no matter what decisions you made in the past, you deserve healing. We won’t have all the answers, but we can provide encouragement as you walk through this journey. All of our services are free and confidential, if you would like to talk to someone about healing the hurt from your abortion, we’re here for you.
You matter, we CARE.
Unplanned pregnancy? If you know you aren’t ready to be a parent, but can’t see yourself having an abortion either, what does that leave you? Adoption. But from everything you’ve heard, adoption is rough. Well, let me tell you about what adoption looks like these days, you may be surprised by what you hear.
Breaking the Stigma
Adoption has changed SO much in the last decade.. As the birth mother you have the opportunity to decide who raises your baby. Based on what you want, you can select an adoption plan that fits your needs. There are closed adoptions, semi-closed, and open adoptions. The old idea of adoption is no more, adoption is now an opportunity to place your child in a loving home to be raised by people you trust and select yourself. At the CPC we can provide you with information about these different types of adoption plans.
Q. How can I be sure the family that adopts my baby are good people?
The adoption agency you select will screen all prospective adoptive parents. A licensed social worker will perform a detailed evaluation on the couple and their home. You will also have the opportunity to speak with the potential adoptive parents yourself.
Q. Will my child know me?
Communication between you and the adoptive parents and your baby is completely up to you. Many women choose to write letters with their child letting them know the decision to place them for adoption was a decision made in love. Some women even choose to have periodic visits with their child throughout the years.
Q. Are there costs to me?
No. Adoptive parents pay legal fees, medical bills not covered by insurance, and counseling fees. In some cases the adoptive family may be able to provide pregnancy expenses like food and rent.
Q. What if I change my mind and decide to keep my baby?
Before signing any forms, you may change your mind. Feeling sorrow or guilt doesn’t mean you are making the wrong decision. You may find comfort in receiving free counseling to help clarify your feelings. Counseling will be a great opportunity to reevaluate the reasons behind you choosing adoption and determine if you still stand by your decision.
At the CPC we can provide you with unbiased, factual information about abortion, parenting, and adoption. Only you can decide what decision to make regarding your pregnancy. We are just here to support and encourage you so that you can make a well-informed decision.
We look forward to meeting you!
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