An unexpected pregnancy is one of the most overwhelming things that a woman can experience, but you don’t have to go through it alone. The first thing you need to understand is that you have three options to choose from if you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy in Kentucky:
Although American Adoptions works with pregnant women in Kentucky who are choosing the third option, it isn’t our place to judge any woman for her choice. While we believe adoption to be the most beneficial to the most people in a given situation, adoption isn’t going to be the right unplanned pregnancy option for everyone.
You can always receive free adoption information by calling 1-800-ADOPTION with zero obligation to choose adoption. But you can also request judgement-free educational information about all of your unplanned pregnancy options, not just adoption in Kentucky. Even if you just need pregnancy support or guidance in a difficult situation, we’re here to help in any way that we can.
In the meantime, the following is an overview of your three unplanned pregnancy options in Kentucky:
One of the first questions on the minds of many women who learn of their unexpected pregnancy in Kentucky is, “Am I ready to be a parent?”
There are different kinds of readiness you may need to consider. First, are you emotionally and mentally ready to parent a child right now? If you’re unsure, talking with a counselor near you in KY may help you find the answer you’re looking for.
Second, are you financially ready to parent a child? The average cost of pregnancy and delivery is $8,800, and the average cost of raising that child (if you’re a middle-income married couple) is $245,000. Some may feel mentally and emotionally ready to raise a child, but aren’t financially equipped. State-funded Kentucky benefit programs may offer you some financial resources to help you care for a child. The Kentucky WIC program, EBT or KTAP programs can help you with essentials, and Kentucky’s benefind is useful for finding specific resources that you may need assistance with.
If you don’t have medical insurance, these tips can help you minimize some of the costs of pregnancy and childbirth.
For additional pregnancy information and parenting resource in Kentucky, or if you’re undecided between parenting vs adoption, call 1-800-ADOPTION to learn more.
First, you should see your doctor if you’re considering an abortion in Kentucky. Your doctor will need to assess what stage you’re at in your pregnancy and any potential medical risks you might have, as this will determine which abortion options may be available to you.
Only women who are early in their pregnancy will be able to choose abortion in Kentucky as an unplanned pregnancy option, because most states don’t perform abortions after 20 weeks. In fact, 88 percent of abortions in the U.S. occur within the first few weeks of pregnancy via pill form.
Kentucky abortion laws may also affect your access to this unplanned pregnancy option. The following abortion laws in Kentucky went into effect as of April 1, 2017:
You must receive state-directed counseling 24 hours before an abortion procedure may be provided.
Private insurance and public funding will only cover an abortion if your life is in danger, or if you purchase an optional rider at an additional cost.
Abortion is not covered in insurance policies for public employees.
If you’re a minor, your parents must be notified and give their consent prior to an abortion.
You must receive and view an ultrasound before an abortion procedure.
There are counselors available 24/7 to outline all of your unplanned pregnancy options in Kentucky, including abortion, when you call 1-800-ADOPTION.
Some of the most common worries about choosing adoption in Kentucky for an unplanned pregnancy (and the facts behind these fears) include:
Not true. Adoption is 100 percent free for you, and you may also qualify for adoption financial assistance and birth parent living expenses.
You get to choose the adoptive parents, and you can have as much or as little contact with them before, during and after the adoption as you like. Many birth parents have an extremely close relationship with their child’s adoptive parents, similar to extended family.
In addition to free medical care, professional counseling and legal representation, your American Adoptions specialist will always be there to support you at every step.
To learn more about adoption as an unplanned pregnancy option in Kentucky, call 1-800-ADOPTION now for free information. You can ask questions and get answers with no obligation to choose adoption. It’s free, confidential and available 24/7.
Regardless of how you choose to deal with an unwanted pregnancy in Kentucky, you should be supported through it. This isn’t a decision that anyone takes lightly; we know that you’re doing your best to do what you feel is right for you.
Remember that this decision is one that needs to be 100 percent your own. No one should push you into a choice that doesn’t feel right for you. You’re the only person who can make the choice that’s best for you when considering your pregnancy options in Kentucky, including parenting, abortion, and adoption.
You can always call us about your Kentucky unplanned pregnancy options at 1-800-ADOPTION, or you can request free information online.
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