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Navigating An Unplanned Pregnancy

An unplanned pregnancy can bring a whirlwind of emotions and uncertainties. If you find yourself in this situation, know that you are not alone. At Pregnancy Resources of Abilene, we understand the complexities and challenges that come with an unexpected pregnancy, and we are here to support you every step of the way. In this blog, we'll explore what you might be feeling, the options available to you, and how our center can provide the support you may need.

Understanding Your Emotions

An unplanned pregnancy can trigger a wide range of emotions including shock, fear, confusion, and even joy. It's essential to acknowledge these feelings as they are a natural response to an unexpected situation. Give yourself permission to feel and process your emotions without judgment. Talking to someone you trust or seeking professional counseling can be incredibly helpful during this time.

Exploring Your Options

When facing an unplanned pregnancy, it's crucial to understand that you have options. Each choice comes with its own set of considerations and it's important to take the time to explore what would be best.

1. Parenting

Choosing to parent can be a rewarding yet challenging path. Consider the following:

  • Support System: Do you have family, friends, or a partner who can support you emotionally and practically?

  • Financial Stability: Are you prepared for the financial responsibilities that come with raising a child?

  • Personal Readiness: Do you feel ready to take on the responsibilities of parenthood at this time?

If your answer is no to one or all of these questions, that is okay. We can help! Come in today and talk with one of our client consultants and they can share with you how we may be able to help meet some of your needs.

2. Adoption

Adoption can be a loving choice that provides your child with a stable and supportive family. You have complete autonomy through the process, you get to choose who your child would go to and you get to choose how open you would want the adoption to be.

  • Open Adoption: Involves ongoing contact with the adoptive family and the child. (open adoption agreements are not legally enforced in the state of TX)

  • Semi-Open Adoption: Includes limited communication through a mediator.

  • Closed Adoption: No contact between birth parents and the adoptive family post-adoption.

3. Abortion

Abortion is now banned in the state of Texas, under Chapter 170A of the Texas Health & Safety Code, except in certain narrow circumstances. 

Section 170A.002 restricts a person from performing, inducing, or attempting an abortion. Exceptions are for situations in which the life or health of the pregnant patient is at risk. 

It’s also important to note:

  1. Women can not be sued or prosecuted for their abortions.

  1. It is perfectly legal and completely confidential to come and talk to us about abortion. You will not get in trouble.

How Our Center Can Help

At PRA, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive support and resources to help you navigate this journey. Here are some of the services we offer:

Counseling and Emotional Support

Our trained counselors are here to listen and provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to express your feelings and concerns. Whether you're feeling overwhelmed, scared, or uncertain, we are here to support you.

Medical Services

We offer a few medical services including pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and abortion pill reversal. Our staff can provide you with the information you need about your pregnancy and your health.

Educational Resources

We provide educational resources on all your options – parenting, adoption, and abortion. Our goal is to empower you with knowledge so you can make an informed decision. We also offer classes on a variety of topics to empower you in your relationships, finances, parenting, and more!

Practical Assistance

We can connect you with resources for financial assistance, housing support, and childcare services. Additionally, we also offer material support such as baby care items, diapers, wipes, and formula.

Building a Support Network

Navigating an unplanned pregnancy can be easier with a strong support network. Reach out to trusted friends, family members, or mentors who can offer guidance and encouragement. Joining a support group, either in-person or online, can also provide a sense of community and shared experience.

Moving Forward

Remember, this is your journey, and you have the right to take the time you need to consider your options, seek support, and gather information. We are here to support you every step of the way with compassion and care.

An unplanned pregnancy can be a challenging experience, but you don't have to face it alone. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help you navigate this journey with confidence and support. Together, we can find the best path forward for you and your future.


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