Unplanned Pregnancy

I’m Pregnant – What are my choices?

Single Parenting?  - Abortion? - Adoption? - Marriage to the baby's father?
When facing an unplanned pregnancy, it's important to make an informed decision about the options available to you. You need to consider your thoughts, feelings and reactions about each of these options. Take some 'me time' and use the guide below to help you quietly think through your situation.

You may also wish to seek counselling from someone who is not emotionally involved.

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Are You Considering Abortion?

Facing a choice about pregnancy - are you considering abortion?
If you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy, you may be feeling a whole range of emotions ranging across shock, disbelief, anger, fear, desperation, confusion or sadness. It’s difficult to make the decision that’s right for you when your emotions and thoughts are racing and you’re not sure of your options and what their outcome might be.

Before you make a decision about your pregnancy, it's important for you to understand as much as possible about what may be involved - emotionally as well as physically. There are no simple or easy answers, especially if you’re feeling pressure to choose a particular way. You may feel very vulnerable and your ability to make decisions may be affected.

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RU486 – The “Abortion Pill”

Medical Abortion - RU486

A medical or chemical abortion is an alternative to surgery in the very early weeks of pregnancy. Mifepristone (RU486, known as the abortion pill) and Misoprostol are the two drugs used. It is a 2-stage process and can be done as soon as a pregnancy is detected and can be seen on an ultrasound. In Australia a medical abortion can be performed only up to 8 – 9 weeks. Beyond this a surgical abortion is necessary.

There are things you should know about the process of a chemical abortion, and about your own health, before making a decision.

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A Dream of Emily

“After being totally convinced I had made my decision, I sat alone with it for 3 days before I told a soul.”

One woman’s crisis pregnancy and how she came to her decision. A true story.

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Teen keeps baby

“After crying buckets of tears and wondering how on earth I would manage, I decided I would find a way.”

An eighteen-year-old girl, who had already been through an abortion at 16, describes what went into her decision to go through with a second unplanned pregnancy. A true story.

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Patterns

One woman's experience of abortion.

A woman recalls the effect her termination had on her life and emotions, and how through counselling she found help to understand what was going on in her life as a whole. A true story.

Test: 'POSITIVE'.  Who could imagine one word could mean so much? So much confusion, so much disturbance, so much PAIN. That word turned my life around.

Suddenly, I didn’t know anything - couldn’t think straight, make decisions, sleep, eat or relax. So much for that new chapter in my life, the start of a new job, a new career! I missed the first day of work because I was still groggy from the anaesthetic I was given when I underwent the operation - the termination of my pregnancy.

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Ever wonder why you do the things you do?

"After a significant loss women are much more vulnerable and likely to engage in behaviors that are aimed at replacing that loss in some way."

Ever wonder why you do the things you do? Do you find yourself doing the opposite to what you say and plan for? Do you find yourself repeating the same old patterns and ending up in situations that are possibly very limiting and sometimes destructive? There are situations and experiences that tend to make us more vulnerable, particularly to an unplanned pregnancy.

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A Journey Through Abortion

"So I hurtled towards abortion with my mind and body in turmoil, hoping that when it was all over I would wake up and discover that the whole thing had just been a bad dream."

A highly personal and in-depth account of one woman’s experience.  A true story.

The experience of abortion drove me to the edge of my sanity and left me hanging on by a fingernail. The road since then has been long and hard. I became pregnant in the early (and, as it would eventuate, the latter) stages of a relationship. We were only together for about 3 months.  I met James at a party and we embarked on a fairly intense relationship, spending a lot of time together and talking of plans for the coming months - plans as a couple. He seemed genuine and sincere, though retrospectively, I can see that he wasn’t entirely honest and was less than caring in some of his actions.

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Emergency Contraception (Morning after pill)

Emergency contraception, (formerly known as the ‘morning after pill’) is used to prevent a pregnancy after recent unprotected intercourse or failed contraception.

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