Abortion is a life-changing choice.
You have just found out you’re pregnant or think you might be. You have plans and having a baby right now is not one of them. Unpregnant, so many of us wished it was a real word. You would like to just make this whole thing go away, and you might feel you could do that. But you owe it to yourself to get the facts about abortion. Any other medical procedure you have would require a lot of paperwork for you to read and sign. This allows you to understand what you are about to undergo including all the risks that could be involved.
You are not alone with the feelings you have. Many other women felt the same way that you do, and many of those women who had an abortion now wish they had been given all the facts before making that life-altering decision. Abortion changed everything for them.
A New Generation will provide the information you need to make an informed decision about your pregnancy. Although we do not promote abortions or abortion clinics, we know that it is an option you may be considering. We believe that by empowering you with abortion information, you can make an informed, confident decision in regards to abortion options.
Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy. Natural abortion can occur spontaneously due to complications during pregnancy. This is commonly known as miscarriage. Induced abortion is a surgical or medical procedure that terminates a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus or embryo, resulting in its death.
You will need to have an ultrasound to verify your pregnancy and to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy in order to know which abortion procedure is applicable. Ultrasounds are provided at no cost at several of the centers listed on this site. Learn about the difference.
The Morning-after Pill
The “morning-after pill” or “plan B” is marketed as a type of “emergency contraception,” used after you have had unprotected sex or contraceptive failure such as a condom breaking. It contains the hormone levonorgestrel, a progestin, (Plan B One-Step®, Next Choice®) or ulipristal acetate, a progesterone agonist-antagonist, (Ella®).
Because “the morning-after pill” does not necessarily prevent fertilization but may prevent the new life from settling or implanting into the womb and continuing to grow there, many consider it an early abortion pill. It must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex and should not be taken if you are already pregnant as it may cause harm.
“Emergency contraceptives” are not as effective as regular birth control methods and should not be used as such. According to one study, “the morning-after pill” is only expected to prevent 84% of pregnancies when used properly. It does not protect against STIs and HIV/AIDS.
“The morning-after pill” isn’t appropriate for everyone. There are several factors that need to be taken into account. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking emergency contraceptives to learn more about the risk factors. A New Generation has Life Coaches available to discuss your situation in a non-judgmental, confidential setting.
How does “emergency contraception” work?
Depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle and assuming you are at a point in your cycle that you are capable of becoming pregnant, “the morning-after pill” can work in one of 3 ways:
Prevent or delay ovulation
Thicken the cervical mucus, decreasing the chance of the sperm reaching and fertilizing the egg
Change the lining of the uterus, preventing a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. (Also considered an early abortion.)
Are there any side effects or health risks?
This information is from the Mayo Clinic website.
The morning-after pill isn’t appropriate for everyone. Your health care provider may discourage use of the morning-after pill if:
You’re allergic to any component of the morning-after pill You have unexplained vaginal bleeding. You’re taking certain medications that may decrease the effectiveness of the morning-after pill, such as barbiturates or St. John’s wort
Morning after pill side effects may include:
Nausea or vomiting
Bleeding between periods or heavier menstrual bleeding
Lower abdominal pain or cramps
Morning after pill side effects typically last only a few days.
Using the morning-after pill may delay your period by up to one week. If your period is more than one week late, take a pregnancy test. If you have bleeding or spotting that lasts longer than a week or develop severe lower abdominal pain three to five weeks after taking the morning-after pill, contact your health care provider.
These may be signs or symptoms of a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy — when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube.
An estimated 1 to 2 out of 100 women who have unprotected sex one time and correctly use the morning-after pill will get pregnant. The morning-after pill DOES NOT offer protection from sexually transmitted infections.
Choosing to parent is a very difficult decision to make and will hold many challenges. At the same time, it can be very rewarding and could very well end up being the best decision you ever make. Everyone has their own unique situation and obstacles to face and we are here to help you sort through those.
You’ll get to know and love the baby you’re carrying. YOU will be that someone who is the most important person in your child’s life.
This baby is here now for a reason. You may not see the reason at this time but the future is wide open. Your child could make an important difference in the future. You could be the mother of someone who changes the world. Who knows what your child could grow up to be and do? You carry on your family line and your baby is that next generation. The new generation in your family.
Maybe this isn’t the right time, but you are the right person. We all have plans for our lives. It’s great to have a plan for life, but sometimes we have to alter the plan to make room for a more important role. You can have this child AND your plans. Maybe it takes you an extra year to finish college or advance in your job. Maybe you aren’t married yet, but he is still out there. And if he’s really the right man for you, he’ll love you and your child. In other words, your plan can grow and expand to make room for your new baby and the new you.
We will help you be the best parent you can be.
Some of us at A New Generation have been exactly where you are and made the decision to raise our babies. We are here to share our journeys with you. Just like you, they didn’t plan on being pregnant, but they chose the high road. They embraced their new roles in life and made it through.
Maybe now is just not the time for you to become a mom, and you want to know if adoption is an option for you.
Adoption allows you to continue pursuing your plans while still being the best possible mother to your baby by carrying to term and choosing adoption by placing your child with a loving family of your choosing.
Your unselfishness in releasing your child to a better life than you can provide at this time is the ultimate in motherhood. You may not be able to provide everything you want for your child, but your decision to make an adoption plan is a loving choice and can provide your baby a great life.
If you choose to make an adoption plan, you have the option between an open, semi-open or closed adoption. In other words, you have the option to remain in contact with your child and the family, or you can choose limited or no contact. It’s your decision as to the kind of adoption plan you want to make.