A woman faced with an unintended pregnancy has various options including continuing the pregnancy, having an abortion or giving the baby up for adoption.
Abortion is controversial in that—for some women—it is not considered an option for an unintended pregnancy. Many women who have this mentality cite faith or spirituality as the basis for their beliefs, as abortion is has been legal and available in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade in 1973. Some teens who have unplanned pregnancy decide that abortion is the best option for them though our statistics show that they do not make up the majority of women who have abortions.
Adoption has existed in some form since Roman and biblical times. In the modern era, it is less controversial in some respects than abortion, and is often viewed as the “selfless” choice for an unintended pregnancy though the number of U.S. adoptions have declined since 1970. International adoption or intercountry adoption has been more popular in recent years for a number of factors. Certainly it has been sensationalized by celebrities such as Madonna and Angelina Jolie who have been criticized by the public for not helping orphans in the U.S. that need homes.
Florence Crittenton School in Denver is a high school for pregnant teens and teen mothers, giving them the opportunity to continue their high school education in an environment that is structured especially for them. They are truly a unique institution and hope to be a model for others around the U.S. to encourage Teen moms to embrace their motherhood and break down the misconception that Teen moms all rue the loss of their teenagehood.
Prenatal care is essential for all pregnant women. It increases their chances of delivering a healthy baby. Once a woman discovers she is pregnant—whether the pregnancy was planned or unplanned—it is her responsibility to seek out adequate prenatal care if she decides to continue the pregnancy. Unfortunately, pregnant teens are less likely to receive proper prenatal care, placing them at exceptionally higher risk for medical complications.