Teen pregnancy is one of the most difficult experiences a young person might ever face when it interrupts school or other plans. It can create an emotional crisis resulting in feelings of shame and fear, and it may appear that you will crumble under pressures in your environment. The stress of how you are going to break this news to your parents might be even greater, and finding help may seem an impossible task.
You might think no one can help you, or you might be too embarrassed to search for help. However, denying the pregnancy or ignoring it can only make things worse for you and your baby. Denial will not take the pregnancy away; instead, you will lose the time you could have invested in prenatal care and counseling. You have options, and making a choice may be simple or difficult, depending on your situation. Check resources carefully and try to give yourself the opportunity to make the best informed decision possible.
One of the reasons a woman may opt for abortion is to be free from the burden of raising a(nother) child. Time, circumstances, finances, and emotional health may leave them unprepared to con... [more]
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I Pregnant? How Can I Be Sure?, How Are Babies Made?, What Are My Options?, What About Abortion?, Can I Raise My Child Alone?, How Do I Stay Healthy?, Pregnancy Complications?, What Happens During Pregnancy?, How Do I Prevent Getting Pregnant?, How Can I Talk to My Partner?
Choices: Adoption or Parenting?
Are You Pregnant and Thinking About Adoption?, Explore Your Options, Choosing, Get the Right Kind of Support, If It Weren't True, No One Would Believe It, Teen Parenting, Teen Pregnancy - Another Approach?
Facts & Statistics
Abortion Alternatives, Abused Boys and Sons of Battered Mothers More Likely to Be Involved in Teen Pregnancies, Consequences of Teen Pregnancy, Statement by President Clinton on Teen Pregnancy, Teen Abortion, Teenage Birth Rates Down in a Majority of States, Teenage Births in the United States: 1991-1996, When Children Have Children
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