Teenagers are faced with a difficult decision when they learn that they are pregnant. The pressure from peers and parents to abort their baby is often overwhelming, but there are other options available to them. Help with teenage pregnancy decisions is valuable. This article will discuss the issues teenagers face as well as the pros and cons of abortion and adoption for those who decide on these options.
A teenage pregnancy is never an ideal situation, especially for a young woman who is still in school and attempting to get her life on track. Pregnancy can lead to fear of not being able to provide financially or emotionally for the child or even worse, having an abortion.
Teenagers often have pressure from their peers and parents that they should abort their baby so no one has to know about it. They are told all sorts of false claims such as it will ruin your future prospects with education, relationships, careers… the list goes on.
Many teens feel like abortion is less expensive than adoption which may be true but there are other factors at play here. The cost associated with raising a child-including college tuition costs- could easily surpass two decades worth of salaries according to recent data and statistics from the US Department of Agriculture.
Abortion is final. Terminating a fetus cannot be reversed, but adoption is a process that may be undone and there are more options available to teenagers. For many teens, abortion feels like the only option, but that doesn’t mean it is.
The risks of abortion are also an important consideration when making the decision to terminate a pregnancy. Abortion has been linked to increased depression, suicide rates and breast cancer according to studies published in prestigious medical journals like JAMA (Journal Of American Medical Association).
In most cases, physical risks of having an abortion are low but the metal ramifications of terminating a pregnancy can last for years.
The decision to have an abortion is never easy, but it doesn’t mean you should be pressured into making a choice that will haunt you for the rest of your life. There are other choices available and support from parents and professionals who can help make this difficult time easier on young people like yourself.
It’s important that teenagers educate themselves on all of the options including adoption, parenting as an unmarried individual or letting someone else raise the baby for you. Teenage pregnancies are common occurrences and many girls have dealt with this issue before you. Reading about how peers have dealt with the situation can be very eye-opening.
Some parents are supportive of their teenager’s decision to parent or put the child up for adoption while others may think abortion is less expensive and thus more practical than adoption. Regardless, teens need support from both friends and family members during such a difficult time in life so it’s important for them to find people who will listen without judgement or criticism. It doesn’t matter what kind of relationship you have with your parents but if they’re not supportive then seek out other sources of information and resources that are available through schools, medical facilities, clinics, religious institutions or counselors.
The pressure on pregnant teenagers to abort often comes from peers as well as their own parents because an unwanted pregnancy might affect future opportunities like graduation from high school, attending college or being able to get a job. Adoption is always an option but this can be more difficult for teens because it takes time and money that they might not have.
Heavier issues like the stigma around abortion occur in places where there are conservative views about sexual education and abortion (this includes many parts of America). They’re also likely when people don’t know what pregnancy entails, how abortions work and what services are available through medical professionals. This means that misinformation from peers and adults alike contributes to teen pressure on unwanted pregnancies so it’s important for teens themselves to become educated on these topics as well as find resources that will help them make decisions with confidence.
Before making a decision, it’s important to take some time to think about your options and not jump into anything too fast. Weighing the various factors is key for any teenager considering abortion or adoption as a solution to an unwanted pregnancy.