I Don’t Want to Be Pregnant. Is Abortion My Only Option?

If you don’t want to be pregnant, abortion is the only option that terminates a pregnancy. However, this option comes with potentially serious risks to your physical and mental health.

Read on to learn more about the essentials you need to know about abortion and your other pregnancy options, which include parenting and adoption. Or, if you want to talk to someone in person about your pregnancy and learn about free resources, contact ALC Pregnancy Resource Center today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.

Risks of Abortion

Abortion comes with potential risks to your physical health.

Medical Abortion

Medical abortion, also known as the “abortion pill,” involves taking two powerful drugs that work together to terminate and remove a pregnancy from your uterus.

The risks associated with medical abortion include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion is performed in a clinical setting. It involves dilating the cervix so that medical instruments, like scraping tools and strong suction, can terminate the pregnancy and remove it from the uterus.

Risks of a surgical abortion include:

  • Uterine perforation, which is when the surgical instruments poke a hole in your uterus)
  • Uterine scarring, which can lead to painful periods and future infertility
  • Cervical damage
  • Infection

Other Pregnancy Options

Abortion isn’t your only option. Your other pregnancy choices include parenting and adoption.


No one feels prepared to parent. However, many women in your situation have decided to parent and found it to be the most rewarding decision they could have made.

When thinking about whether parenting might be right for you, it can help to consider your answer to the following questions:

  • What might my life look like if I choose to parent?
  • How might I feel if I choose to parent?
  • How might I feel if I don’t choose to parent? Will I have regrets?

No matter your situation, free resources are available to help you successfully parent.


Adoption is a choice full of options, and you might be surprised to learn what’s available.

You get to pick the adoptive family and how much communication you desire—or you can decide to remain anonymous.

If you’re considering adoption, you’ll work closely with an adoption agency to create an adoption plan, which documents your wishes and desires for the adoption process.

You’re Not Alone

Navigating your pregnancy options can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone in this. At ALC Pregnancy Resource Center, we’re here for you.

Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment.