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Unplanned Pregnancy Help in Pennsylvania

Your PA Unplanned Pregnancy Options

Facing an unexpected pregnancy can feel overwhelming. The following information will help you break down and consider your options.

There are three options to choose from if you’re struggling with your unplanned pregnancy in Pennsylvania:

Although American Adoptions specializes in the third option, we’re not here to judge any woman for her choice, no matter what. While we feel that adoption benefits the most people in a situation, we understand that adoption isn’t the right unplanned pregnancy option for every woman.

Call 1-800-ADOPTION any time for free adoption information with no obligation. When you call, you can request information about all of your unplanned pregnancy options, including adoption in Pennsylvania, but also about parenting and/or abortion.

We’re here 24/7 to provide non-judgmental, educational information about all three unplanned pregnancy options in Pennsylvania, as well as confidential pregnancy support and counseling.

These facts about the three unplanned pregnancy options in Pennsylvania may help you decide which option is right for you:

If You Decide to Parent in Pennsylvania…

When you first find out about an unexpected pregnancy, you may ask yourself, “Am I ready to be a parent?” You should consider your level of emotional and mental readiness when deciding if you’re prepared to parent a child. Talking to a counselor near you in PA may help you sort this out.

You’ll also need to assess your financial readiness. It costs a middle-income married couple an estimated $245,000 to raise a child, and the cost of prenatal care and birth alone is about $8,800.

For those who do feel emotionally and mentally ready to raise a child, government-funded Pennsylvania benefit programs may help if you’re not financially prepared for parenthood. This can include the Pennsylvania WIC program, benefit programs to help cover the cost of your child’s health insurance, school meals, and more.

There are also several tips to ease the costs of pregnancy and birth for those who are medically uninsured and intend to parent.

For free pregnancy information and parenting resources in Pennsylvania, or if you’re unsure whether you should choose parenting or adoption, you can call 1-800-ADOPTION to learn more.

If You Decide to Get an Abortion in Pennsylvania…

Contact your doctor if you’re considering an abortion procedure in Pennsylvania. She or he will need to assess how far along you are in your pregnancy, discuss anything in your medical history that could complicate your ability to choose abortion, as well as explain which abortion options may be available in your situation.

Remember that only women who are in the early stages of their pregnancy will be able to choose abortion in Pennsylvania as an unplanned pregnancy option; 88 percent of U.S. abortions occur within the first couple weeks of pregnancy via pill form.

This means that if you’re in the later stages of your pregnancy, choosing an abortion in Pennsylvania might not be an option for you. However, if abortion is a viable option for your unplanned pregnancy, you’ll need to brush up on PA abortion laws and their ability to affect you. Beginning January 1, 2017, these abortion laws in Pennsylvania went into effect:

  • You must receive state-directed counseling 24 hours prior to an abortion procedure.

  • Public employees’ insurance will only cover an abortion procedure if your life is endangered, or if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.

  • Public funding will only cover an abortion procedure if your life is endangered, or if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.

  • If you are a minor, your parents must be notified and give their consent before an abortion will be provided.

  • Abortions at 24 or more weeks after your last menstrual period will only be provided if your life is endangered.

You can call 1-800-ADOPTION to ask a counselor about all of your unplanned pregnancy options in PA, including abortion.

If You Choose Adoption in Pennsylvania…

Women who are considering adoption in Pennsylvania for their unplanned pregnancy often encounter some misconceptions about adoption. These are a few of the most common worries about adoption, and the facts behind them:

  • “Adoption is expensive.” The truth is, for prospective birth mothers, adoption is free. You may also qualify for adoption financial assistance and birth parent living expenses.

  • “Birth parents never know their child.” Ninety percent of birth parents decide to have an open adoption so that they can stay in touch with their child and the adoptive family forever.

  • “Birth parents don’t know the adoptive parents.” You choose the adoptive parents as well as how much or how little contact you wish to have after the adoption.

  • “You’re on your own during the adoption process.” You have free legal representation, medical care and counseling throughout the adoption process every step of the way.

Learn more about adoption as an unplanned pregnancy option in Pennsylvania; call 1-800-ADOPTION now for free adoption information.

Choosing Between Your 3 Pennsylvania Pregnancy Options

Regardless of how you decide to move forward with an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, we’ll be here to offer you support and educational resources. This is a difficult decision, and we know that you’re not taking it lightly.

No matter what, don’t let others push you into any decision that isn’t your own. Only you can decide what’s right for you when considering your three pregnancy options in Pennsylvania.

When researching your options for parenting, abortion and adoption in Pennsylvania, know that you can always contact us with questions at 1-800-ADOPTION, or request free information online.

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