Women today are faced with complex choices, especially where unplanned pregnancy is concerned. We should take the responsibility to be informed of all the issues included in whatever choice we make. We are much better off when we know about these issues from the very beginning, rather than finding out when it is too late.
What are the options?
Carry the baby to term and parent
Life Before Birth
- Day 1 – The second your egg is fertilized by a sperm, it contains the plans for every detail of our baby’s development, including sex, hair and eye color, and height
- Week 3 – The brain, spinal cord, and nervous system develop
- Week 4 – The heart begins to beat
- Week 5 – Arms with hands & fingers, legs with feet & toes, and eyes can be seen
- Week 6-8 – Brain waves can be detected
- Week 9 – The body is nearly complete. Internal organs are present and functioning. Changes after the ninth week are primarily changes in size, rather than appearance.
- Week 13 – The baby moves vigorously and can make a tight fist. The mother will not be able to feel movement until the fourth or fifth month. The fetus can experience pain.
- Month 4 – The baby is 8 – 10 inches long and weighs 1/2 pound.
- Month 5 – The baby may jump in response to a loud noise.
- Month 6 – If the baby was born during this month and given special care, he or she could survive.
Life After Birth of Baby
We want to walk through this very important time with you. We have classes available to help you to become the parent God intends you to be. Please call our office for more information.
Make an adoption plan for your baby
A woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, often feels she has very few options. She may choose marriage or single parenting. However, for many reasons, she may not be ready to parent a child. She may recognize that, although abortion is legal, it is not an option for her. Many women do not consider a third option – to make an adoption plan for her child.
To choose adoption for a child can be a very loving and mature decision – a fact often overlooked when a woman experiences an unplanned pregnancy. There are three types of adoption:
- Closed or confidential – describes a adoption where only non-identifying social and medical information is exchanged between parties to an adoption through the agency or intermediary. There is no direct, ongoing relationship between the birthparents and adoptive parents.
- Semi-open – describes a range of practices that involve the exchange of information and contact between adoptive parents and biological parents. It usually includes all relationship shy of full disclosure of identifying information (full names and addresses) and direct continuing contact between the parties after the adoption.
- Open – describes an adoption where identifying information has been exchanged between the birthparents and the adoptive parents and they have established a direct, ongoing relationship.
The PHC does not get involved in adoption except to present it has an option and to offer an Adoption Packet to the individual. This Adoption Packet list many adoption agencies in the state of Texas. The adoption agencies are usually more than willing to meet with you at the Pregnancy Help Center.
Voluntary termination (abortion)
Consider the Immediate Risks of Abortion
Some side effects may occur with induced abortion. These include abdominal pain and cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. However, complications may happen in as many as 1 out of 100 early abortions and in about 1 out of every 50 later abortions. Such complications may include:
Some bleeding after abortion is normal. There is, however, a risk of hemorrhage, especially if the uterine artery is torn. When this happens, a blood transfusion may be required.
Bacteria may get into the uterus from an incomplete abortion resulting in infection. A serious infection may lead to persistent fever over several days and extended hospitalization.
Some fetal parts may not be removed by the abortion. Bleeding and infection may occur. RU486 may fail in up to 1 out of every 20 cases.
Perforation of the uterus
The uterus may be punctured or torn by abortion instruments. The risk of this complication increases with the length of the pregnancy. If this occurs, major surgery, including a hysterectomy, may be required.
Scarring of the uterine lining
Suction tubing, curettes, and other abortion instruments may cause permanent scarring of the uterine lining.
Tearing of the cervix
The cervix may be cut or torn by abortion instruments.
Damage to internal organs
When the uterus is punctured or torn, there is also a risk that damage will occur to nearby organs such as the bowel and bladder
Allergic reaction to drugs
An allergic reaction to anesthesia used during abortion surgery may result in convulsion, heart attack and, in extreme cases, death.
In extreme cases, other physical complications from abortion including excessive bleeding, infection, organ damage from a perforated uterus, and adverse reaction to anesthesia may lead to death. This complication is very rare and occurs on average, in less than 20 cases per year.
Some women experience an immediate feeling of relief following the termination procedure, but many later find themselves coping with feelings they did not expect. They may have a difficult time talking about these feelings. Some psychologists have labeled these problems as Post Abortion (voluntary termination) Stress.
If you are a Christian, a believer in Christ, a decision to terminate a pregnancy carries with it a conflict in your spiritual life. The Bible is very clear about God’s love and concern for each of us from the time we are conceived. It’s important for you to know how God saw you before you were born and how He sees your unborn child. God cares about this choice you are making. Every human is created in His image and for a purpose. No life is a mistake.
I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.
— Jeremiah 1:5
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day passed.
— Psalm 139:15-16
Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life and your descendants might live! Choose to love the Lord your God and to obey Him and commit yourself to Him, for He is your life.
— Deuteronomy 30:19-20
Before you make your final decision, get all the information you can about each of the choices. In spite of the intense pressure you may feel, carefully weigh each option based on your information, not on your emotion. Use your head to guide your heart. You, more than anyone else, will live with the outcome of your decision.
The Pregnancy Help Center does not recommend abortion or do referrals for abortions. It is the intention of the Pregnancy Help Center to share factual information about abortion to educate women who may be considering abortion as an answer to their unplanned pregnancy. This information is also not intended to promote or encourage abortion as a viable option for unplanned pregnancy.
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A baby in a woman’s womb