Are you considering an Abortion?
Fifteen to 20% of all pregnancies already end in natural miscarriage. What if abortion is an unnecessary procedure...are you really sure you're pregnant, and do you have more questions? PLC Health Clinic offers pregnancy testing followed by a limited obstectric ultrasound to check if you have a viable pregnancy....we check how large the baby is measuring, if it is located in the uterus, and we look for a heartbeat which can be seen around 6 weeks from your last menstrual period. Our goal is to be sure you are truly pregnant, know the risks of carrying a baby versus abortion, and being fully informed. Remember: Any choice you make will have new challenges, new pressures and new consequences. We make our decisions, but then our decisions turn around and make us. We are not free to choose the consequences of any choice we make…we will need to deal with them as they follow us in life. Still unsure? Read below for more thought provoking questions.
Consider why you are contemplating having an abortion.
1) Are you considering abortion so that your life will not change?
In reality, your life will change no matter what option you choose. Any choice will bring many changes. You may be risking the very things you hope to protect…career, relationships, peace of mind.
2) Are you fearful of losing your partner?
Statistics show that 70% of all relationships break up within 3 months of an abortion. Once a crisis such as an unexpected pregnancy hits, life never goes back directly to what was…there are new issues to deal with. Even the closest of relationships have often not been able to weather an abortion. Together you will have a baby-decision…to parent together (whether you marry or not), to place for adoption, or to abort. Abortion is only done when there is a baby….it is done for no other reason. With abortion, there is no turning back.
3) Are you looking to avoid the guilt of facing your parents with this pregnancy?
Some parents react with anger and disappointment not because they think less of you as their child, but because they care about you and worry about you, and want you to experience the best in life. They, too, are concerned with your future. In most cases, parents turn out to be your best support system. Give them time to get over their initial shock and you will find they love you enough to support you through any crisis.
4) Are you choosing abortion to be free of the problems you are facing with your partner or with your family?
How will abortion help an already troubled situation? Make no mistake about it, abortion will affect you, and may even seem to help in the beginning. Unfortunately it often leaves you with a whole new set of problems you haven’t counted on in the days and years to come. Aborting a baby will not take away problems already existing. It will, in fact, add to them. Talk to those who have been there!
5) Ask yourself, “Do I feel abortion is right, or do I feel it is wrong but at the same time necessary?”
You can’t know what is necessary until you know what first is right. “Necessary” is never on the side of wrong.” You should never change your value system in any decision. You will forever regret it.
6) Are you rationalizing your decision?
Sometimes decisions are rationalized out of fear, embarrassment, or life circumstances. Our stomach is often a better indicator of what we really feel, and about our sense of values than our head is. Our heads can justify almost anything, our stomach often lets us know what our conscience is trying to say to us. Are you at peace with your decision or are you anxious? What is your stomach trying to tell you?
7) Consider whether or not you are stuffing your feelings.
It is easier to become numb in a crisis situation than to deal with all the overwhelming feelings that invade the mind! So many feelings come to the surface—fear, anger, guilt, confusion, anxiety, embarrassment, helplessness, loss of control in the situation. The proverbial rug has just been pulled out from under you and nothing is the same as it was just a few days before.
Feelings tell us where we are, so we have a chance to think things through step by step. If we choose not to think, and instead go ahead with quick decisions or take what we think is the easy way out, too often we live with regret. The only choices we should make are informed choices. Let feelings surface and work through the anger. Get knowledgeable about pregnancy facts. Get knowledgeable about abortion procedures and their risks. Learn about post-abortion syndrome. Do not go into any decision blindly.