If you think you might be pregnant, and you’re looking for information on your options, abortion may be something you’re considering.
Some women feel like now isn’t a good time to have a baby, or they worry that they won’t be able to continue on in school. Because abortion is a permanent decision, it can be a good idea to take a couple of days to get as much information as you can about all your options to make the best choice.
Before you deal with the stress of that decision, though, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re pregnant. Many women who contact us are upset about needing to make this choice, because they are late for their period.
But, a late period is only a sign of pregnancy, and there are many different things that can cause a period to be late. Things like stress, a change in diet, or a change in exercise can all have an effect on a woman’s period. To know for sure, it’s always a good idea to have a pregnancy test.
And although pregnancy tests are generally accurate, it can also be a good idea to have an ultrasound. This can tell you if your pregnancy is viable. Many pregnancies end in miscarriage, so an abortion might not be necessary.
"A Woman's Right to Know" is a publication created by the Texas Health and Human Services. This publication includes pregnancy options, including abortion. You may find it here.