What is All-Options Pregnancy Counseling?
All-Options Counseling — or Informed Consent — at Planned Parenthood is an opportunity for a woman to receive factual, nonjudgmental, unbiased explanations of her alternatives when facing an unplanned pregnancy. All consultations are completely confidential. Patients are free to invite a partner, family member, or friend to the appointment if desired.
No Easy Answers
We understand that when faced with an unplanned pregnancy, deciding what to do can be difficult. There is no right or wrong choice, but Planned Parenthood can help you work through all options to arrive at a decision that you're comfortable with.
If you are feeling threatened or forced to make a decision about your pregnancy that you do not agree with, you may be feeling “reproductive coercion.” There are often many warning signs of reproductive coercion and intimate partner violence, and these behaviors often escalate. Learn more about sexual and reproductive control.
How We Differ From Crisis Pregnancy Centers
Many so-called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” are not run by impartial medical professionals but by non-profit organizations that support a particular religious or moral point of view. These organizations usually do not provide unbiased, medically accurate information on all options. If you are looking for compassionate, nonjudgmental, medically-accurate information, Planned Parenthood is here for you. We can offer information about prenatal care, adoption, and abortion without shame or pressure.
If you are in need of unbiased, medically accurate pregnancy options counseling, please contact us at 800-230-7526.
Considering All the Options
Our health center staff will talk with you—and your partner, friend, or parent if you wish—about the three basic options available:
- Having the baby and parenting the child yourself
- Having the baby and placing the child for adoption
- Ending the pregnancy through an abortion
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you'll want to think carefully about what decision is best for you. Our health center staff will provide information on all of the options you wish to explore: becoming a parent, adoption, or abortion. We hope this information will help you come to the decision which you feel is best.
Questions for you to consider when making your decision:
- Which choice(s) could you live with?
- How would each choice affect your everyday life?
- What would each choice mean to the people closest to you?
- What is going on in your life?
- What are your plans for the future?
- What are your spiritual and moral beliefs?
- What do you believe is best for you in the long run?
You may not reach a decision by the end of the visit. Help from your partner, family, friends, or clergy is encouraged. If you feel you’re not ready to decide, we’ll give you help on how to further examine your choices:
- Information regarding adoption alternatives and agencies which can assist with this option.
- Information about pregnancy and prenatal care.
- Abortion information and referral to Planned Parenthood or other providers.
Planned Parenthood is here to help you with information and provide resources for whatever option you decide is best for you.
|www.plannedparenthood.org||Information on reproductive health and services; search for health center locations in your area|
|www.michigan.gov/mdch||To obtain state of Michigan 24-hour informed consent for abortion; abortion, prenatal, and parenting information offered|
|www.connectandbreathe.org||An after-abortion nonjudgmental talk line: 866-647-1764|
|www.pregnancyoptions.info||Offering an on-line pregnancy options workbook and information|
|www.abortionconversation.com||Open conversation about abortion, plus information, advice, and resources|
|www.abortioncarenetwork.org||Up-to-date information about abortion and reproductive health|
|www.all-options.org||Connects women with community resources, information, and confidential support|