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A Guide to Making the Right Decision for You

>  How do you feel about being pregnant?

>  What are your plans and dreams?

>  What are your values? What do you believe?

>  Summing up your feelings

Up to this point, you've been looking at the possible effects of different decisions on your plans and dreams. Now look at your thoughts, values, and beliefs about your situation and the different choices.

Following are some statements people often make. Write down the ones that fit for you, and any other thoughts you have.

CHOICE: Becoming A Parent

  • I feel ready to take on the tasks of being a parent.
  • Some people have said they will help me.
  • I want a child more than I want anything else.
  • My partner and I both want to have a baby.
  • I think I am too young (or too old) to have a baby.
  • I don't believe I can manage this by myself.
  • I don't have enough money to raise a child properly.
  • Having a child now would stop me from having the life I want for myself.
  • Having a child will cause problems for the children I already have.

CHOICE: Arranging for an Adoption

  • I could continue the pregnancy and give birth, without having to raise the child.
  • I could help the child have parents who want it and can care for it.
  • I could postpone being a parent myself until later in my life when I feel ready.
  • I like the idea of giving someone else the baby they can't create themselves.
  • My family would rather have the baby stay in the family than go to strangers.
  • I don't think I could give up the baby after nine months of pregnancy and delivery.
  • I would not like living with the idea of someone else caring for my baby.
  • I would worry about whether the baby was being well treated.

CHOICE: Having an Abortion

  • I would like to postpone being a parent until I am able to provide for a child (older, finished school, more financially secure, in a stable relationship).
  • I don't want to be a single parent.
  • My partner doesn't want a baby, and I want to consider his feelings.
  • An abortion is a safe and sensible way to take care of an unwanted pregnancy.
  • My religious beliefs are against abortion.
  • I am afraid I might not be able to get pregnant again.
  • My family (or someone else that is important to me) opposes abortion.
  • I don't have enough money right now to pay for an abortion.

> Summing up your feelings

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Decision Making Resources General: Pregnant? Need Help? Pregnancy Options Workbook (Opens a new browser window; close it to return to this page) Teens: Teenage Pregnancy: A Guide for Decision Making (Opens a new browser window; close it to return to this page) Religion and Choice, Catholics for a Free Choice (Opens a new browser window; close it to return to this page) Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (Opens a new browser window; close it to return to this page) Canada, Planned Parenthood Edmonton: Decision Making for Unplanned Pregnancy.  (Opens a new browser window; close it to return to this page)
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