Considering Abortion? : Your Feelings
Gaining Support From Others
Pregnancy is a difficult time in a woman’s life regardless if it was planned. Hormonal changes at this time can lead to mood swings, nausea, increased appetite, and fatigue. It’s helpful to surround yourself with supportive people. You don’t have to do this alone, and the staff at Avenue Women’s Center is here to walk alongside you on this journey. Our goal is to help you build a support system for your pregnancy and beyond. All of our services are free and confidential.
Who Can You Trust?
You may feel that telling someone that you’re pregnant is the biggest piece of news you’ve ever had to share. You want to make sure that person is someone you can trust—someone who will be there for you, who can share the many thoughts racing through your head upon learning that you’re pregnant.
Knowing that there is even one person who you can trust with this news can be extremely comforting. At Avenue Women's Center, our staff members are available to support and encourage you wherever you are at—whether you need to take a pregnancy test or explore your options for a confirmed pregnancy. You can trust us to be there for you no matter what. Contact us to speak with a caring staff member or schedule a free, medical-grade pregnancy test.
Telling Your Parents
Telling your parents that you’re pregnant can seem terrifying. Maybe your parents have subtly (or not-so-subtly) expressed how they would feel if you got pregnant. For some women, there are legitimate reasons to fear telling your parents, including being kicked out of the house or losing financial support. Other women are scared to tell their parents because of the disappointment, anger, shame, or ridicule that may be expressed.
To avoid having to tell their parents, many young women consider abortion. This seems like an easy way to avoid telling them at all. However, if you’re age 17 or younger in the state of Illinois, your parents must be notified about your abortion. For minors in Illinois, abortion no longer is a feasible option to keep parents from knowing about sexual activity or unplanned pregnancy.
Know that you are not alone in this. Avenue is here to help you through this difficult time and find the best solution for your situation. Caring staff members can work with you to consider the pros and cons of telling your parents as well as develop an action plan to share the news. If your parents are unsupportive or pressuring you into a decision for the pregnancy, Avenue Women's Center is here for you. There are many resources and support services available to you including housing options, financial support, medical care, and emotional support. Our Personal Resource Counselor can help you cope during this difficult time. You can call us at 630-455-0030 or come into one of our offices just to talk, if that’s what you need.
Few women are 100% confident in their decision to abort, and for many, the decision was influenced by their family. Some families pressure a woman to abort an unplanned pregnancy. Other families oppose a woman’s desire to abort. Every woman’s situation is unique. No matter what decision you make, unplanned pregnancy influences the family system. If you’re having trouble with your family during this time, our caring staff can provide you with information and emotional support. Professional counseling can also address ongoing individual or family concerns. Contact Avenue today to schedule an appointment to talk with someone during this stressful time.