Unplanned Pregnancy Help in Utah
You don’t have to face an unexpected pregnancy on your own. We’re here to provide you with the information and support you need to decide which of your three options for an unplanned pregnancy in Utah is right for you:
Although American Adoptions works with pregnant women in Utah who are choosing the third option, we believe that you deserve support regardless of the choice you feel is right for you. We believe adoption to be beneficial to the most people in what often begins as a stressful situation, but adoption isn’t going to be the right option for every woman facing an unplanned pregnancy in Utah.
You can always call 1-800-ADOPTION to receive free adoption information with no obligation to choose adoption. You can also request nonjudgmental information about all of your unplanned pregnancy options in Utah, not just adoption. We’re here to support you however we can.
The overview below offers you more information about your three unplanned pregnancy options in Utah:
1. Parenting in Utah
This is the question that many people have asked themselves after learning about their unexpected pregnancy in Utah. But you might not have considered all the different types of parental readiness.
Are you mentally and emotionally ready to parent this child right now? If you’re unsure, talking with a counselor near you in UT can be useful in sorting through your feelings of readiness.
Are you financially prepared to raise this child? Pregnancy and delivery costs $8,800, on average, and raising that child (as a middle-income married couple) is about $245,000. If you’re not financially ready to be a parent but you feel mentally and emotionally prepared to raise this baby, then there are state-funded benefit programs in Utah that can provide you with financial assistance in caring for your child.
If you don’t have medical insurance, these tips can help reduce the costs of pregnancy and childbirth where possible.
To get more resources on pregnancy and parenting, or if you’re still deciding between parenting vs adoption in Utah, call 1-800-ADOPTION now.
2. Abortion in Utah
If you’re considering an abortion in Utah, you’ll first need to see your doctor. A doctor will need to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy and if there are any potential medical risks that would affect you. The stage of your pregnancy will influence what abortion options are available to you.
Most states don’t perform abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, so abortion is only an unplanned pregnancy option if you’re earlier in your pregnancy. In fact, 88 percent of U.S. abortions occur within the first few weeks of pregnancy via pill form.
As of January 1, 2018, the following Utah abortion laws were in effect and may affect you if you’re considering an abortion in UT:
You must receive state-directed counseling, and then wait at least 72 hours before an abortion may be provided.
Insurance will only cover an abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest.
If you’re a minor, your parent(s) must be notified and give their consent before an abortion may be provided.
Abortions may be performed at or after viability only in cases of life endangerment, rape, incest or lethal fetal anomaly.
You can discuss all of your unplanned pregnancy options in Utah, including abortion, with counselors who are standing by 24/7. Call 1-800-ADOPTION now.
3. Adoption in Utah
There are still a number of misconceptions about choosing adoption in Utah for an unplanned pregnancy. The following are some of the mostly commonly-heard worries about adoption in Utah, and the truth behind them:
“It costs money to place a child for adoption in Utah.”
It’s always 100 percent free to place a child for adoption in Utah. You may also qualify for adoption financial assistance in the form of birth parent living expenses.
“If I place a child for adoption, I’ll never be able to see them again.”
Nine out of 10 birth parents choose to have an open adoption with their child and their adoptive family, so they’re able to stay in contact forever. You can have a closed, semi-open or open adoption or anywhere in between. That choice is yours. It’s all about whatever you’re comfortable with.
“I don’t want to give my baby to people I don’t know.”
You’ll be the one to choose the adoptive parents, and you’ll also choose how much or how little contact you have with them before, during and after the adoption process. Birth and adoptive parents often develop strong relationships that last a lifetime.
“I don’t have any support to help me through the adoption process.”
Every prospective birth parent who works with American Adoptions receives free medical care, legal representation and emotional counseling services. Additionally, your American Adoptions specialist is always there to provide you with information about all of your options and to support you through every step of the Utah adoption process.
You can learn more about choosing adoption as an unplanned pregnancy option in Utah when you call 1-800-ADOPTION or by requesting free adoption information online. It’s available 24/7, it’s free and confidential, and calling places you under no obligation to choose adoption.
How to Choose Between Abortion, Adoption, or Parenting in Utah
By researching all of your options for an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy in Utah, you’re already working to do what you feel is best. An unplanned pregnancy is frightening, but don’t forget that you’re not on your own.
You can learn more about your pregnancy options in Utah, including parenting, abortion and adoption, by calling 1-800-ADOPTION now or by requesting free information about your unplanned pregnancy options here.
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