Read about common questions and myths such as:. We want you to be able to make an informed decision, no matter what option you may choose. The information in these pages can help you think through your options. Abortion : ending your pregnancy. Adoption : giving someone else the legal right and responsibility to raise your child. Parenthood : carrying the pregnancy to term and raising your child. Surgical abortion is one of the safest types of medical procedures. Complications from having a first-trimester aspiration abortion are considerably less frequent and less serious than those associated with giving birth.
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Hellerstedt , for which a group of lawyers filed a document openly describing their abortions, readers share their own stories in an ongoing series edited by Chris Bodenner. We are posting a wide range of perspectives—from pro-choice and pro-life readers, women and men alike—so if you have an experience not represented thus far, please send us a note: hello theatlantic. Four readers recall their experiences facing an unwanted pregnancy at a very early age. Our first reader was younger and in more desperate circumstances than most:. At 15 years old, I was living on the streets of Northern California. I got pregnant by my year-old boyfriend. I was in no way capable of raising a child. I was living on the streets, had no income, was taking drugs, and was not at all responsible. I went to Planned Parenthood, where they told me of my options—adoption, keeping the baby, or abortion. I could not keep the child and would not abandon the child to be brought up by someone else.
Get involved in our campaigns and help ensure young people's health and rights. Download PDF. Young people have the right to protect their health and plan their futures. That includes decisions about pregnancy and parenting. Yet young people face many barriers to reproductive health care, including inadequate sex education and lack of access to contraception. When it comes to abortion care, we live in an increasingly hostile climate, with access to abortion services shrinking for many. Young people face even more legal restrictions to abortion than adults. Young people are responsible users of contraception; sixty-two percent of young women ages are using a contraceptive method, and young women ages are the most likely to be using long-acting reversible contraception.
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