What options are available to young women who face an unintended pregnancy?
Women, regardless of their age, have three basic options when they become pregnant. They can carry their pregnancy to term and raise the child; they can carry their pregnancy to term and allow the child to be adopted; or they can end their pregnancy by having an abortion. There are many legitimate health care providers and organizations that will help young women weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each option and make the decision that is right for them. Unfortunately, in recent years there has been a proliferation of crisis pregnancy centers. These organizations, often religious in nature, typically advertise as offering a host of services to women facing unintended pregnancies and then use fear, shame, and propaganda to prevent these young women from exercising their right to choose legal abortion.