How can I decide about an abortion?
Your decision to have an abortion will often depend on whether safe abortion is available where you live. It also depends on how an abortion or a baby would affect your life.
It may help to think about these questions:
- Will you be able to care for a baby? Do you have enough money to raise a child?
- Is pregnancy a danger to your health?
- Do you have a partner or husband who will help support a child? Can you talk with him about this decision?
- Is your religion or family against abortion? If yes, how will you feel if you have one?
- How will the abortion be done?
- For how long have you been pregnant?
- Could you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or HIV? You may be at more risk of having an STI if you are young, single, and have a new partner, or if you have signs of an STI. If you feel that you are at risk, you may need treatment before the abortion.
- What complications (problems) can be caused by the abortion? If you have HIV or AIDS, the dangers of an unsafe abortion could be increased.
- Where can you go for emergency care if you have complications? How will you get there?