Every situation is unique and your experience will not be the same as someone else’s. Your personal values, beliefs, and stage in life will likely influence your choice of whether to continue with the pregnancy, or not. The most important thing to remember is that the decision is yours. The SOGC supports a woman’s right to choose when and if she has children.
To help understand what options are available, it is a good idea to speak with your health care provider as soon as possible after finding out that you are pregnant.
You may find it helpful to review your options with your sexual partner, a family member, health care provider, public health professional, or Planned Parenthood clinic; anyone you trust and can count on for non-judgmental listening and support. While you may feel trapped by circumstances, there are options.
If the person you speak with (including your health care provider or sexual partner) is judging you or influencing your decision-making in any way, consider finding a different person to talk to. Access to unbiased counselling and services is important to help you make the right decision for you.
Whether you choose to become a parent, use an adoption agency to find new parents for the baby, or choose to terminate the pregnancy by abortion, here is some information and links for further reading about your options.