Feeling under pressure? Considering Abortion?
In a crisis such as an unexpected pregnancy, you may feel desperate or emotional or confused. When no-one knows your pain it can be lonely and frightening. Answers aren't simple, especially if you're feeling pressure to go in one way or another. Pressure can come from your partner, family, friends or medical professionals. You may feel very vulnerable and need to be wanted, accepted and supported. Your ability to make decisions will be affected.
Abortion counselling from an independent counsellor can give you the space and support you need to consider your situation and options. An abortion clinic has a financial investment in your decision and so is not likely to provide the same level of independent counselling and may even add to your sense of pressure. Remember, you always have the right to change your mind if you experience pressure to go against your feelings.
Watch the video below – it might help you understand what's happening for you at this time.
There are things you can do to help yourself at this time.
Give yourself time – Before making the decision, give yourself time to consider your feelings. Talk to someone who can listen, care and not push his or her own interests and fears. Our counsellors are specially trained to support you as you think through your situation.
Gather information – Find out about the alternatives available to you. Take time to think each one through and decide what is important to you. Click on the Resources Tab to read some personal stories and to download our help sheets - they may help you gain some perspective.