Abortion: Decision-making

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An unplanned pregnancy is something that can happen in any woman’s life. Should you find yourself in such a predicament, it is likely that you go into a state of shock and that your emotions run high. Every woman reacts differently to learning she is pregnant. Everything depends on the person and her circumstances.

Guidelines for Reflection

Maybe your mind is already made up regarding this pregnancy. Otherwise, you might need time to think about the situation. Here are a few guidelines to help in your decision:

  1. Do you wish to be a parent at this stage of your life?
  2. Do you have the support of your partner, family and friends, regardless of your decision?
  3. Do you have academic or career projects?
  4. Can you continue your studies or keep your job during the pregnancy?
  5. Does your health allow you to continue with the pregnancy?
  6. Does your lifestyle allow you to continue with the pregnancy?
  7. According to your calculations, will your financial situation allow you to raise a child?
  8. In case of financial need, do you know people or resources that can help, such as your family or community organizations?

During your reflection, bear in mind that the decision to keep or abort the pregnancy is yours. This decision is a personal one. You are free to make your decision according to your circumstances and desires. Many reasons can account for the choice you make, and these reasons belong to you.

Options

If you choose to continue with the pregnancy and keep the child:

  • Make an appointment with a health-care professional to monitor your pregnancy. This professional can be a front-line specialized nurse practitioner, a midwife, family doctor or gynecologist
  • Begin taking folic acid. Consult a pharmacist for advice

If you choose to continue with the pregnancy and give the child up for adoption:

  • Book an appointment with a health-care professional to monitor your pregnancy. This professional can be a front-line specialized nurse practitioner, a midwife, family doctor or gynaecologist
  • Begin taking folic acid. Consult a pharmacist for advice
  • To get information on adoption, contact your integrated health and social services centre (CISSS) or your integrated university health and social services centre (CIUSSS). To find contact information, go to Finding a Resource.

If you choose to have an abortion:

Assistance and Support

Should you need assistance, you can contact :

  • Your integrated health and social services centre (CISSS) or your integrated university health and social services centre (CIUSSS). To find contact information, go to Finding a Resource.
  • S.O.S. Grossesse Ce lien ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre. (pregnancy hotline – in French only) : 1 877 662-9666

Last update: August 9, 2016 2:41 PM

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