When you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy in Kansas, there are three choices available to you:
Although American Adoptions specializes in working with pregnant women in Kansas who choose the third option, we aren’t here to judge any woman for her choice. And while we believe that adoption is the option that can benefit the most people, adoption is not the right choice for everyone.
By calling 1-800-ADOPTION, you can receive free adoption information with no obligation to choose adoption, but you can also request to learn about all of your unplanned pregnancy options; not just adoption.
An unplanned pregnancy can be a frightening situation, especially if you feel that you’re dealing with it alone. We’re here to talk, to listen, to connect you with the resources near you in Kansas you feel that you need, and to educate you about all of your unplanned pregnancy options — so please feel free to call 1-800-ADOPTION even if you just need pregnancy support and guidance.
The following is a basic overview of the three options that a woman can choose in response to an unintended pregnancy:
When you first learn of an unplanned pregnancy, one of the first questions you will likely ask yourself is, “Am I ready to be a parent?” Consider all of the following in your decision:
The average cost of raising a child for a middle-income married couple was estimated at $245,000 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The average cost of prenatal care and a hospital delivery of a baby is about $8,800, according to a Thomson Healthcare study for March of Dimes.
Your local Kansas WIC program can help you with groceries and basics.
The Child Care Subsidy Program helps some Kansas families pay for child care costs; see if you qualify here.
Other Kansas benefit programs may be able to help with bills, school costs, and more.
If you’re uninsured, here are some tips to help reduce the costs of your pregnancy and delivery if you intend to parent.
Cost isn’t the only factor you should consider when deciding whether or not to parent your baby. It’s also important to consider your mental and emotional readiness to raise a child. Facing an unplanned pregnancy is stressful, and deciding if you’re ready to raise this child will require a lot of thought; talking to a counselor near you in KS can help.
Considering parenting but not sure where to start? Build a support network. Talk to your doctor, ask local churches and charitable organizations for connections to resources, or talk to people that you trust. You can also always call 1-800-ADOPTION for free pregnancy information and resource recommendations.
If you’re considering an abortion procedure, the first thing you should do is speak to your doctor. They’ll be able to explain your abortion options and address any potential health concerns unique to you based on your medical history.
Your doctor can also determine how far along you are in your pregnancy and whether abortion is still an option for you. Abortion in Kansas is only an unplanned pregnancy option for women who are relatively early in their pregnancy, unless the pregnancy is putting your life in danger. Approximately 88 percent of all U.S. abortions are obtained within the first few weeks of pregnancy, typically in pill form, and it’s rare to find a state that will perform an abortion after about 20 weeks. So while Kansas abortions are unwanted pregnancy options for some women, it’s typically ruled out if you’re already later in your pregnancy.
If abortion is an option for you, and you decide that it is the best choice in your circumstances, you should familiarize yourself with Kansas abortion laws. According to the Guttmacher Institute, as of January 1, 2017, the following abortion laws in Kansas were put into effect:
You must receive state-directed counseling, and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.
Your insurance will likely only cover the abortion in the case of life endangerment, but you may be able to purchase an optional rider at an additional cost, depending on your policy.
The use of telemedicine to administer medication abortion is prohibited.
If you are a minor, you must obtain parental consent before an abortion will be provided.
Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
A woman must undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion; the provider must offer her the option to view the image.
An abortion may only be performed after 20 weeks post-fertilization (22 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period) if the woman’s life is endangered or if her physical health is severely compromised. Remember that all three pregnancy options come with emotional tolls, and abortion is no exception. Scheduling an appointment with a counselor can help. Professional adoption counselors are always available to discuss all of your unplanned pregnancy options, including abortion, for free and with no obligation, at 1-800-ADOPTION.
Maybe you are considering adoption as an option for your unplanned pregnancy, but you have some concerns about the process. These questions and concerns are normal, and they are a sign that you truly want to make the best possible choice for yourself and your baby.
Here are some common fears about adoption in Kansas for unplanned pregnancy, and the facts behind those fears:
If you’re worried about the cost of adoption, you should know that not only is adoption free for you, you may also qualify for additional benefits and compensated living expenses.
If you’re worried about placing your child with strangers, you should know that you choose and get to know the adoptive family, in addition to maintaining as much or as little post-adoption contact as you like.
If you’re worried about feeling adrift in the adoption process, you should know that a legal representative, medical care, and professional counseling before and after the adoption is provided to you for free. You will also be assigned a personal adoption specialist to work with you throughout the process and provide whatever other Kansas adoption services you need.
To learn more about adoption as an unplanned pregnancy option, you can call 1-800-ADOPTION any time to request free adoption information and to ask questions about adoption or your situation with no obligation.
Regardless of what you choose to do in response to an unwanted pregnancy, you deserve to be supported in that decision. This is likely the biggest choice that you’ve ever had to make, and it’s not one that you’ll make lightly.
Know that it’s unfair for others to judge you or push you into any decision. Only you can know what’s right for you when reviewing your pregnancy options in Kansas.
Educate yourself about parenting, abortion, and adoption in Kansas. Remember that you can always contact us for information about your Kansas unplanned pregnancy options by calling 1-800-ADOPTION or requesting your free information online. It’s free, confidential and non-judgmental.
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