Adoption vs. Abortion vs. Parenting

Your Life. Your Baby. Your Choice.

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be very difficult and scary, and deciding what to do will be even harder.

Keeping perspective at this time is critical. The most important thing to remember is that you have a choice. Every woman does.

After learning of an unplanned pregnancy, there are three paths to choose from – parenting, abortion or adoption – all of which are explored in the information below:

Cost Differences

Adoption

There is no cost to you if you choose adoption. In fact, pregnancy-related expenses are paid for by the adoptive family, which often include medical care and living expenses. Examples may include: rent, utilities, maternity clothing, food, prenatal vitamins and any other medical expenses not covered by your insurance or Medicaid. You will be able to speak with your adoption specialist about your specific needs.

Abortion

Depending on how far along you are in the pregnancy, the cost will range from $500-$2,000 for an abortion. There may also be additional charges for ultrasound, the "morning-after" pill, birth control and further medical treatment, should an infection should occur.

Parenting

Parenting is the most expensive option. Total cost to parent a child ranges from $1,000-$2,000 monthly. This estimate may include but is not limited to: diapers, baby bottles, formula, clothing, car seat, day care, first aid supplies, blankets, crib or basinet, and hygiene products. A parent must also budget for shelter, food, transportation, and utilities to raise their child.


When all of these expenses are added up, it will cost approximately $12,000 - $24,000 per year to raise a child. This estimate does not include education and other items that children will require.

Comparing Adoption vs. Abortion

Similarities

Adoption

Abortion

You can pursue earlier goals

You can pursue earlier goals

You can live independently

You can live independently

You will not have to parent prematurely

You will not have to parent prematurely

You will avoid being forced into a hasty marriage or relationship

You will avoid being forced into a hasty marriage or relationship

If you are a teenager, you can resume your youthful lifestyle

If you are a teenager you can resume your youthful lifestyle

Note: There are no similarities between parenting and abortion. One important similarity between adoption and parenting is that you can give life to your child and watch your child grow up.

Differences

Adoption

Abortion

Your pregnancy ends with giving life

Your pregnancy ends with death

You can feel good and positive about your choice

You may feel guilt and shame about your choice

You will remember giving birth

You will remember taking a life

You will have plenty of time to plan you and your baby's future

Abortion is final; you can't go back on your decision

You can hold, name, and love your baby

You will never know or treasure your baby

You can have continued contact with your baby

You will miss the opportunity to see your child develop

(Bethany Christian Services)

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