An unplanned pregnancy can feel overwhelming. Suddenly, you’re faced with major decisions that could impact the rest of your life. In a stressful moment like this, it can be hard to say what’s best for your future.
Take a deep breath—you don’t have to take your next step alone! The trained staff at CHOICES is here to help you explore each of your pregnancy options, so you can make an informed and empowered decision! Keep reading to learn more!
What are My Pregnancy Options?
When facing an unplanned pregnancy, you have three options: abortion, adoption, and parenting.
Is Abortion Right for Me?
When considering abortion in Colorado, it’s important to ask a few questions:
Am I Really Pregnant? Is My Pregnancy Viable?
A delayed period, while alarming, isn’t always a surefire sign that you’re pregnant. Your first step is to take a pregnancy test and find out if you qualify for a free ultrasound to confirm that you have a viable pregnancy in your womb.
Ultrasounds detect the fetal heartbeat and can determine whether the pregnancy is developing properly inside the uterus. If there’s no heartbeat or the embryo has implanted somewhere outside of the uterus (such as in the fallopian tube), your pregnancy is not viable and abortion is not needed. In either case, you can avoid the time, stress, and cost of abortion and move forward with the appropriate medical care.
How are Abortions Performed?
There are two methods for performing abortions: surgical and medication (also known as the abortion pill).
In a surgical abortion, a suction device is used to remove the embryo from the uterus through the vagina. This procedure is performed at an abortion clinic and you are sent home the same day. However, if complications arise, you may need to go to the emergency room to receive treatment.
The abortion pill actually consists of two medications: mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone is taken first, usually in an abortion clinic. This medication cuts the supply of the hormone progesterone to the embryo, which is needed to maintain the pregnancy. Without a steady supply of progesterone, the embryo stops growing. Misoprostol is taken 24-48 hours later at home. This medication causes the uterus to contract and expel the embryo, which ends the pregnancy.
You may want to consider whether you’re comfortable with undergoing a surgical procedure or if you feel prepared to handle the side effects of the abortion pill at home.
What are the Risks of Abortion?
Abortion (in either form) is not without risk. It’s crucial to be aware of how abortion could affect your body, both now and in the future. Below are some short and long-term risks of abortion:
- Uterine perforation. Occurs when one of the instruments used in surgical abortion accidentally pokes a hole in the uterus.
- Incomplete abortion. Occurs when the procedure doesn’t remove all of the fetal tissue. Emergency medical treatment may be required to prevent infection.
- Fertility issues. Abortion can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and Asherman Syndrome, both of which can cause fertility issues.
- Negative impact on future pregnancies. Studies have shown a link between surgical abortion and an increased risk of premature birth and low birth weight in future pregnancies.
Is Adoption Right for Me?
Adoption is a selfless, yet often misunderstood decision. Many assume that they’ll never be able to interact with their child again after the adoption is finalized. Others would rather not maintain a relationship with their child but aren’t sure what to do next. Some hesitate to choose adoption because they wonder if they’ll have a change of heart after it’s too late.
If you’re thinking about adoption, there are a few things you need to understand:
Can I Maintain a Relationship with My Child After the Adoption?
Depending on the type of adoption you choose, you can maintain a relationship with your child! Open and semi-open adoption allows the birth mother to continue to communicate with her child and the adoptive family after the adoption has been completed.
What if I Want to Remain Anonymous?
What if you’d rather not maintain a relationship with your child? There are options for that too.
Closed adoption doesn’t allow for any communication between the birth mother and adoptive family. Neither party receives any identifying information, such as names, phone numbers, or addresses.
Additionally, the Colorado Safe Haven Law allows mothers to anonymously leave their newborns at designated hospitals or fire stations within 72 hours of giving birth.
Can I Change My Mind About the Adoption?
Yes! You can change your mind about the adoption at any point during your pregnancy. You can also revoke your consent within 91 days if you can prove that your consent for the adoption was obtained by fraud or duress.
Is Parenting Right for Me?
If you’re considering parenting, you may have a lot of questions about pregnancy, birth, caring for an infant, and so much more. You may be thinking:
- Do I have the support I need to raise a child?
- Am I ready for a baby?
- Would I enjoy being a parent?
- How can I financially provide for a child?
- Can I still achieve my personal goals as a parent?
Where Can I Find Parenting Support Resources?
It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to parenting, but you aren’t alone. CHOICES provides free parenting resources, so you can take your next steps with confidence!
Explore Your Pregnancy Options at CHOICES
We get it—there are a lot of questions and emotions to sort through right now. But you don’t have to do it alone. CHOICES is here to support you, from your first pregnancy test, to your final decision, and beyond.
To schedule your appointment, send a text to (719) 694-3201 or give us a call at (719) 284-2300.
Please be aware that CHOICES does not provide or refer for abortion services.
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- Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2022, April 30). Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pelvic-inflammatory-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20352594
- Tobah, Y. B. (2022, August 3). Elective abortion: Does it affect subsequent pregnancies? Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/expert-answers/abortion/faq-20058551
- Could Open Adoption be the Best Choice for You and Your Baby? Child Welfare Information Gateway. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/openadoption.pdf
- Infant Safe Haven Laws. Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2021, September). Retrieved from https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/safehaven.pdf
- Adoption in Colorado. Considering Adoption. (2021, April 21). Retrieved from https://consideringadoption.com/adoptions-by-state/how-to-adopt-in-colorado/