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What Options are Best for Me and My Baby?

 
ADOPTION
ABORTION
SIMILARITIES
You can pursue earlier goals and plans.
You can pursue earlier goals and plans.
You can live independently.
You can live independently.
You will not have to plan prematurely.
You will not have to plan prematurely.
You will be free from the financial burdens of parenting.
You will be free from the financial burdens of parenting.
You will have the freedom to choose if you want to have a long-term relationship with the baby's father.
You will have the freedom to choose if you want to have a long-term relationship with the baby's father.
You can resume your education or career.
You can resume your education or career.
DIFFERENCES
Your pregnancy ends with giving life.
Your pregnancy ends with death.
You may feel good and positive about your choice.
You may feel guilt and shame about your choice.
You will remember giving birth.
You will remember taking a life.
You will have plenty of time to plan your and your baby's future.
Abortion is FINAL; you can't reverse your decision.
You can hold, name and love your baby.
You will never know or treasure your baby.
You can have continued contact with your child.
You will miss the opportunity to see your child develop.

 
ADOPTION
SINGLE PARENTING
SIMILARITIES
You give your child life.
You give your child life.
You can plan for your baby's future.
You can plan for your baby's future.
You can hold and name your baby.
You can hold and name your baby.
You can know how your baby is growing and developing.
You can know how your baby is growing and developing.
DIFFERENCES
You will not have to parent before you are ready.
You will have a parental role, 24/7.
You can choose a two-parent family for your baby.
You will not have the support of a spouse.
You will be free from the financial responsibilities of parenting.
You will be more likely to struggle financially.
You can continue with your education or career.
You may need to delay your education or career.
You may have the freedom to continue or to end a relationship with the other birthparent.
You may be unwillingly involved in a long-term relationship with the other birthparent.

Source: Bethany Christian Services. Used by permission.


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