Some women don’t feel ready to be a parent but also aren’t sure abortion is for them. While abortion and adoption both have an emotional impact, making an adoption plan is a possibility that can allow you to experience the future in a different way. 

Considerations of Abortion

According to the Mayo Clinic, having an abortion is “a major decision with emotional and psychological consequences. If you’re considering this procedure, make sure you understand what it entails, side effects, possible risks, complications, and alternatives.”


The possible risks of abortion include mental health effects. Research from the British Journal of Psychiatry found that women who had an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health difficulties, including depression.

Is Adoption For You?

Adoption isn’t easy, either. However, as one birth mom put it, many birth parents find that “while there still may be times of grieving, there will also be joy.” 

Types of Adoption Plans

The various types of adoption plans allow you to make a fully empowered decision about your child’s future, including choosing their adoptive parents and if you want to have an ongoing personal relationship with your child and their adoptive family (open adoption). 


If you determine it is better for you to have less contact or none at all, that’s also possible with a semi-open or closed plan.

Making Your Decision

When faced with an unexpected pregnancy, your decision of what to do next is highly personal. 

We understand the need for a safe place to explore your possibilities, process your feelings, and consider your future. 


Services and Support in Mendocino County

The caring medical professionals at Mendo Lake Women’s Clinic are here to help. First, if you’ve taken a pregnancy test at home or aren’t sure if you’re pregnant, confirm your pregnancy with pregnancy testing and an ultrasound at no cost to you. 

Our team can also help answer your questions about adoption and abortion as you think about your next steps. Contact us today to schedule a private appointment.