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What Is Choice?by Options for Women on March 12, 2020
What is choice? The definition of choice is, “An act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.”
Some people may be shocked by this, but Pregnancy Help Clinics actually believe that every woman has a choice of what to do with her unplanned pregnancy. In an appointment she can ask any questions. Pregnancy Help Clinics offer community resources available to her, and information on parenting, adoption or abortion. After reviewing all of her pregnancy options, sometimes she does choose abortion. When this happens, hearts break, but their doors will always be open to her, and sometimes she returns to find healing through post-abortive counseling such as participating in a “Surrendering the Secret” study.
Abortion clinics pride themselves in the word “choice.” But it makes us question, how many choices are these women given? From what we can see, these women are given one option only – abortion. Not choices. If she decides to walk out, the staff often is upset because they lost money. Also they have no follow-up care in support of her decision for life, if that ends up being her choice for her pregnancy.
On the other hand, often abortion clinics are surrounded by a privacy fence, and sometimes have escorts who ensure the woman gets inside to follow through on what a Pro-Choice clinic offers her – abortion. Once inside, they do not allow the woman to bring a friend, significant other or family members to join her for emotional support. In most cases she is asked to leave her purse and phone outside – only bringing in her ID and money.
But Pregnancy Help Clinics do not have fences or escorts. Why? Because this is truly their patient’s choice. She can freely come and freely go – in her own time – at her own pace. Pregnancy Help Clinics share with her all of her pregnancy choices: abortion, parenting and adoption. They desire to turn her fear into confidence so that each patient is empowered to make her choice. At Pregnancy Help Clinics, women can come with a friend, significant other, or family…whoever they want to bring for emotional support. It makes them glad to see patients who have support in her corner.
When scheduling an appointment with a Pregnancy Help Clinic, it is ok to ask questions. You deserve the best treatment. Take the time to fully know what the clinic you choose has to offer. An example of questions to ask is: Does their medical doctor have hospital privileges? Can I bring my friend? Will they get to go into my appointment with me?
An unplanned pregnancy can leave you frozen in your tracks. We know. But at this pivotal moment, consider the word “choice” and find a clinic that lets you freely come, and freely go, and that will empower and educate you so that you feel choice you decide.