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If you are pregnant and don't want to be:

We urge you to consider all of your options carefully, and obtain all the information that you can before choosing your best (or least worse) option. After having an abortion, some women sincerely regret taking that action. Some suffer from Post Abortion Syndrome for years afterwards. Generally these are women who:

bulletWere pressured into having an abortion.
bulletWere not informed about the processes of pregnancy.
bulletBelieved, either at the time of the abortion or afterwards, that abortion murders a human being (rather than terminates the life of a potential human person). is a pro-life web site that features many personal stories of young women who were pressured into having an abortion or who had an abortion against their beliefs, or who didn't think things through. See: Unfortunately this web site only reports stories of young women who were devastated by their abortions; they do not give a balanced picture. One study reports that almost 80% of women "felt relief and satisfaction" soon after the abortion and that long term guilt or depression were rare.

It is a big decision. We suggest that get all the information you can, and decide with care.

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If you don't know what to do or where to turn, you might seek counseling that will explore all of your options. Consider:

bulletPhoning one of the hundreds of help lines in North America. Most are anonymous, confidential and staffed by trained volunteers who care. They go by a variety of names: distress lines, crisis centers, suicide prevention bureaus, etc. Even though the words "crisis" and "suicide" often appear in their names, most of their calls are from people in distress and who simply want someone with whom they can talk.
bulletIn the U.S. see: for a listing of help lines by state. There is a also a national hot line at 1-800-784-2433.
bullet In Canada, look for a number on the first or second page of your telephone book, or in the "distress center" or "crisis center" topic in your yellow pages.
bullet Phoning your local community information center, women's center, or sexual assault crisis center. They usually have an information data base on local agencies and should be able to direct you to a suitable agency. Ask for an referral that will counsel you in all of your options. If you have a choice of agencies, consider selecting one that does not have a financial interest in performing abortions and does not take a pro-life stance. They are more likely to be free of any conflict of interest.

bulletIf none of the above information lines exist in your area, then:

bulletPhone a clinic or counseling center listed in the yellow or white pages of your telephone book under "Abortion providers"

bulletPhone your local Planned Parenthood Federation clinic. Americans can find the number of the clinic closest to you by calling 1-800-230-PLAN. This is a toll free call; no record will appear on the phone bill. There is no corresponding service in Canada, to our knowledge.

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If you are experiencing a "crisis pregnancy" and feel that an abortion is not an option for you, then you might consider:

bulletPhoning a local Crisis Pregnancy Center. OptionLine at:, and other pro-life web sites can find the nearest centers to your location.

bulletPhoning an agency listed in the yellow or white pages under "Abortion Alternatives"

bulletPhoning your local distress/crisis/suicide prevention/community information center; ask for the number of a local "pro-life" pregnancy center.

bulletVisiting Crisis Pregnancy Centers Online at: Their name is ambiguous; they are a pro-life group. They have links to both US and Canadian centers.

bulletPhone the National Life Center at 1-800-848-LOVE. * They are open 24 hours a day, and can provide you with the nearest Crisis Pregnancy Center.

bulletPhone America's Pregnancy Helpline at 1-888-672-2296. *  They have a website at:

bulletPhone OptionLine at 1-800-395-HELP * or visit their website at: Their website has a search function that finds pro-life crisis pregnancy centers across the U.S. and Canada.

bulletPhone Birthright International at 1-800-550-4900. * They provide:

"...caring, non-judgmental support to girls and women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy.  Using its own resources and those of the community, Birthright offers positive and loving alternatives. Birthright presents many services and refers for many more. It provides friendship and emotional support, free pregnancy testing, and maternity and baby clothes. It also gives information and referrals to help clients meet legal, medical, financial, and housing needs."

They have offices throughout the U.S. and Canada.

bulletConsider a place where you can go during to complete your pregnancy. e.g. Woodland Hills Academy, "...a safe, secure, supervised and structured living environment for young women in need of living assistance." See:

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* This is a toll free call that you can phone from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. No record of the call will appear on your phone bill.

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