You are pregnant...what is next? There are a lot of things to think about when you find out you are pregnant- whether or not to have the baby, adoption, abortion. It is a personal decision that only you can make. Here are some things to consider when making your decision.
Pro-life vs pro-choice
This is a big debate when it comes to pregnancy. Some people believe that life begins at conception and therefore abortion is murder. Others believe that a woman has the right to choose what happens to her body. There is no right or wrong answer, it is entirely up to you what you believe.
Women who choose to have an abortion often do so because they are not ready to be mothers, they cannot afford a child, or they do not want to bring a child into the world that would be unwanted or unloved. Some women also have health concerns that make pregnancy dangerous for them.
Women who choose to have their babies often do so because they feel it is the right thing to do, they want to experience motherhood, or they believe that every life is valuable no matter the circumstances. Also, there are some countries where abortion is illegal and so the only choice a woman has is to have a baby. Moreover, some religions believe that abortion is a sin.
There are many options available to you if you are pregnant and unsure of what to do. You can talk to your doctor, a counselor, or even just a friend or family member who will be supportive and non-judgmental. The most important thing is that you make the decision that is right for you.
Can you afford a baby? Babies are expensive and require a lot of time and energy. If you are not in a stable financial situation, it may be difficult to provide for a child. Consider your job security, income, and whether or not you have health insurance.
Getting pregnant and being a parent is quite expensive. In the US, the average cost of delivery is between $9,000 and $12,000. And that’s just for the birth! You then have to factor in costs like diapers, food, clothes, healthcare, daycare (if you plan to return to work), and more.
If you are not financially stable, there are still options available to you. You can talk to your doctor about low-cost or free clinics in your area. You may also be able to get help from state or federal assistance programs. An adoption is also an option if you feel like you cannot provide for a child but do not want to abort.
Pregnancy can be a very physically demanding experience, and some women’s health concerns make it too risky to carry a child. If you have a medical condition that makes pregnancy dangerous for you, abortion may be the best option.
Some common health concerns that may make pregnancy dangerous include heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer. If you have any of these conditions, talk to your doctor about whether or not it is safe for you to carry a child.
You should also consider your mental health when making your decision. Pregnancy and early motherhood can be very stressful and overwhelming. If you are struggling with mental health issues like depression or anxiety, you may want to wait until you are in a better place before becoming a parent.
Are you ready to be a parent? This is something you need to seriously consider before making a decision. If you are in your teens or early twenties, you may not feel emotionally or mentally ready to take on the responsibility of a child.
Having a baby is a big commitment and requires a lot of time, energy, and patience. You need to be able to financially support a child, be emotionally stable, and have a good support system. If you don’t feel like you are in a place where you can do all of those things, it may be best to wait until you are older.
If you are under 20 years old, you may also want to consider your education and career goals. If you are still in school or do not have a stable job, you may not be able to provide for a child the way you want to. If you are at your 20s and 30s, you may feel more ready to balance parenting with your other responsibilities. If you are at your 40s and 50s, you may want to consider your energy levels and health concerns.
Do you have a supportive partner? If you do not have a partner or your partner is not supportive, you may want to reconsider having a baby. It is important to have someone who will be there for you emotionally and financially during this time.
If you are in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, getting pregnant may not be the best idea. If you are being physically or emotionally abused, you may want to seek help from a domestic violence hotline or shelter. You should also consider talking to your doctor about your options if you are in an abusive relationship and pregnant.
You and your partner must be in harmony with each other when making this decision. If you are not on the same page, it may be best to wait until you can have a discussion about your feelings and what you both want for the future.
Your religion or culture
Your religion or culture may also play a role in your decision. If you are opposed to abortion for religious or cultural reasons, then you may not want to consider this option.
Some religions, like Catholicism, believe that life begins at conception and aborting a fetus is equivalent to murder. Other religions, like Judaism, believe that abortion is only allowed if the mother’s life is in danger. If you have strong religious or cultural beliefs, you should talk to a leader in your community before making a decision.
You should also consider your parents’ or guardians’ beliefs. If they are opposed to abortion, they may not be supportive if you choose to have one. You may want to talk to them about your decision before making a final choice.
How common is abortion in different countries?
A woman's choice to have an abortion or not is her own, and many factors go into that decision. The availability of safe, legal abortions also plays a role in a woman's decision. According to the World Health Organization, termination of pregnancy occurs more frequently in developed countries than in developing countries. In 2012, 56 million induced abortions were performed globally that's approximately one in every seven pregnancies.
In the United States, about one in every three women will have an abortion by age 45. Abortion rates vary depending on race and ethnicity. For example, black women are three times as likely as white women to have an abortion. Hispanic women are also more likely to have an abortion than white women.
In European countries, the abortion rate is highest in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, and Russia. In 2020, these countries had rates of at least 30 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44. The lowest rates were in Belgium (five per 1,000), Cyprus (seven per 1,000), Denmark (nine per 1,000), Greece (nine per 1,000), Ireland (12 per 1,000), Italy (13 per 1,000), Luxembourg (15 per 1,000), Malta (16 per 1,000), Netherlands (17 per 1,000), Poland (19 per 1,00), Portugal (20 per 1,000), Slovenia (21per 1,000), Spain (22per 1,000), Switzerland (23 per 1,000), and the United Kingdom (24 per 1,000).
In Africa, the abortion rate is highest in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. In 2020, these countries had rates of at least 20 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44. The lowest rates were in Botswana (seven per 1,000), Cabo Verde (eight per 1,000), Gambia (nine per 1,000), Mauritius (10 per 1,000), and Rwanda (11per 1,000).
Abortion rates in Asia are highest in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Georgia, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. In 2020, these countries had rates of at least 20 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44. The lowest rates were in Bangladesh (five per 1,000), India (seven per 1,000), Indonesia (eight per 1,000), Iran (10 per 1,000), Japan (11per 1,000), Malaysia (12 per 1,000), Pakistan (13 per 1,000), Philippines (15 per 1,000), Republic of Korea (16 per 1,000), Taiwan (17per 1,000), Thailand (18per 1,000), and Turkey (19per 1,000).
In Oceania, the abortion rate is highest in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. In 2020, these countries had rates of at least 20 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44. The lowest rate was in Australia (12 per 1,000).
As you can see, the abortion rate varies widely from country to country. In some countries, such as the United States, abortion is legal and accessible. In other countries, it may be illegal or difficult to access safe abortions. If you are considering having an abortion, it is important to research the laws and policies in your country so that you can make an informed decision.
What countries consider abortion illegal?
There are many countries that consider abortion to be illegal. Some of these countries are: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain,Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Chile (except in cases where the mother's life is at risk), China (for married women only), Colombia (except in cases of rape or danger to the mother's life), Congo-Brazzaville (except to save the mother's life), Costa Rica (except in cases of rape or danger to the mother's life), Cote d'Ivoire (except in cases of rape or danger to the mother's life), Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic (except in cases of rape or danger to the mother's life), Ecuador (except in cases of rape or danger to the mother's life), El Salvador (except in cases where the mother's life is at risk), Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guatemala (except in cases where the mother's life is at risk), Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras (except in cases where the mother's life is at risk), India (allowed only if the pregnancy poses a grave threat to the mother's life), Indonesia (allowed only if the pregnancy poses a grave threat to the mother's life or if the fetus is severely malformed), Iran, Iraq, Ireland (allowed only if the pregnancy poses a real and substantial risk to the life of the woman), Jamaica,Japan, Jordan, Kenya (allowed only if the pregnancy poses a grave threat to the mother's life or if the fetus is severely malformed), Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar (except in cases where the mother's life is at risk), Malawi (except in cases where the mother's life is at risk), Malaysia (allowed only if the pregnancy poses a grave threat to the mother's life or if the fetus is severely malformed), Maldives, Mali (except in cases of rape or danger to the mother's life), Mauritania, Mexico (allowed only in cases of rape or danger to the mother's life), Mongolia (allowed only if the pregnancy poses a grave threat to the mother's life), Morocco, Mozambique (allowed only if the pregnancy poses a grave threat to the mother's life or if the fetus is severely malformed), Myanmar, Namibia (except in cases where the mother's life is at risk), Nepal (allowed only if the pregnancy poses a grave threat to the mother's life).
All these countries` governments do not allow to do abortion, because they think that it is like killing a human being. And some of them have penalties for the women who did abortions and also for the doctors.
When you have a choice between abortion or having a baby you need to consider different things. It is not an easy decision to make, because it can change your life completely. You need to think about your financial situation if you are ready to be a parent if you are prepared for all the responsibilities that come with having a child. If you are not sure about your decision, it is always a good idea to talk to someone who can help you weigh all the pros and cons. No one can make this decision for you, but it is important to get as much information as possible before making a choice.