Did your positive pregnancy test surprise you? If so, you are probably trying to make heads out of tails in the whirlwind that is now your life.
What you decide to do with your pregnancy will stay with you for the rest of your life. It’s a vastly important choice, and not one that should be made lightly.
Researching your options is a good place to start.
What Are the Abortion Laws in Ohio?
In Ohio you can currently receive an abortion until 22 weeks gestation, after a six-week abortion ban was blocked from passing. This means that there’s no rush to making your decision and you can take the needed time to really consider your options.
What Are the Risks of Abortion?
If you decide to travel out of state, or opt to take the abortion pill within the first 6 weeks, you should know that there are risks to abortion.
Risks of a medical abortion include:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Risks of a surgical abortion include:
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
- Uterine perforation
What Are My Other Options?
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, your other options include:
If you choose to place your child with adoptive parents, there are several benefits. You might be able to receive financial aid for pregnancy-related costs, including medical bills, maternity clothes, transportation, even food and housing if needed. The specifics are dependent on state laws.
You will also impact a waiting family, making their dreams come true by allowing them to parent your child. You will provide your child with an opportunity for a full and happy life. And you will get to craft the adoption plan, choosing the adoptive family and how much contact you have with your child in the future.
No one ever feels truly ready to be a parent, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying. If you choose parenting, you may qualify for financial aid from the government. We can help you find helpful resources and classes that will equip you to be the best parent you can be. Parenting, though hard, can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences of your entire life.
If you are unsure what choice is best for you and want to process with someone, we are here for you. We can answer your questions and point you toward helpful resources. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.