Anyone considering abortion should be able to make an informed decision and know the facts about abortion. Based on statistics, 1,287,000 abortions were performed in 2003. Since 1976, the abortions performed each year have continually been over 1 million and closer to 1.5 million. Most women (93%) abort their baby for social reasons. Many women don't feel ready to have a child because of age, finances, or other issues. However, before you even realize you are pregnant there is a baby inside with your genes who is breathing and developing.
Once conception occurs, a baby starts to grow inside. Already, the baby has all the DNA and characteristics set at conception. The baby begins to attach to the uterus wall and within 7-13 days your body may be recognizing a pregnancy and sending a hormone to stop the menstrual cycle. On day 21 the baby's heart starts beating. By the time you may realize you are pregnant, the baby's body has started to grow and have an identifiable form. Between weeks 40 to 45, the baby has identifiable arms and legs and displays measurable brain waves. Usually surgical abortions are not performed before seven weeks, or 49 days. Between weeks seven and ten, when the majority of abortions take place, fingers and genitals become visible and the child's face is recognizably human.
As soon as conception occurs, there is a baby who needs to come out - either in pieces by an abortion or whole and alive through a birth. Although you may be fearful and apprehensive about carrying a baby to full term because it can disturb your lifestyle, there are over 3000 pregnancy clinics throughout the United States that are available to lend a hand. There are many resources available to you through adoption services and pregnancy clinics, including pregnancy tests, counseling, housing, maternity clothes, legal assistance, information about adoption, and medical care. These centers are usually staffed by volunteers and women ready to help you face an unplanned pregnancy. These counselors do not have a financial interest in your decision (unlike abortion clinics), and are genuinely committed to standing by you through this often difficult time, and providing you with not only information, but the support you need. These centers have helped thousands of women realize that they don't have to choose between their own lives and the lives of their unborn babies.
A normal pregnancy lasts only 40 weeks, a relatively short amount of time in your average lifespan. Carrying your baby to term and then placing your baby for adoption could turn an unexpected "mistake" into a joyful event for a waiting, loving family. Today adoption is sensitive to the mother's needs. In an open adoption, you can have continual contact with your child and the adoptive parents. Most women choose this option; those who do usually have the healthiest emotional healing after giving the baby up for adoption.
When considering adoption instead of abortion, remember what Mother Teresa said, "The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child. The mother doesn't learn to love, but kills to solve her own problems. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want."
By choosing adoption you are choosing to give you and your baby options to live a full and happy life. By giving your baby up for adoption, you will be free to pursue your education and your dreams without being financially or socially tied down, as well as having memories of your child's innocent face and being able to know that you made a couple's dream come true of having a child to love.