For your own future well-being, it's important that you make a
well-informed decision when you are considering an abortion. Counseling early
in a pregnancy helps you reach a positive outcome, regardless of whether you
continue with the pregnancy. Think through your choices, and seek counseling
from a knowledgeable professional, such as:
Your health professional.
A family planning clinic.
adoption service agency.
Your religious organization.
genetic counseling service.
If you are considering abortion, seek a professional who will advise you on all of your options.
If you feel unclear after consideration and counseling, try
counseling from another source. But to ensure a healthy outcome, try to
avoid delaying your decision for too long.
Counselors will answer questions you have about your pregnancy and
provide information about your choices, which are:
Having a baby and dedicating yourself to
supporting and raising him or her to adulthood.
Having a baby and
placing the baby for adoption.
Having an abortion (both medical and
Depending on your decision, a counselor can help you with:
Prenatal care and where it is
Adoption and the location of adoption
Abortion and where it is provided.
control and how to obtain it.
Insurance coverage or other
reimbursement for abortion or for prenatal care, delivery, and pediatric health
Psychological counseling services available in the
Primary Medical Reviewer
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Rebecca H. Allen, MD, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.