Why Women Choose Abortion, and How Pregnancy Resource Centers Can Offer Alternative Options

Abortion has become a common medical procedure and is considered a basic medical need, both in the U.S. and throughout the world. It is so prevalent in our society that today, 1 in 4 women will have an abortion before they reach the age of 45 (4). If abortion is becoming so common, why do pregnancy resource centers exist?

Since 2017, around 2,300 pregnancy resource centers exist in the U.S., while there are only about 808 abortion clinics in operation (3). PRC’s have been shed in a negative light for many years. They are labeled as strict conservative organizations, whose only goal is to shove their religion and “unqualified” opinions down women’s throats.This is devastating, since many PRC’s have a much different purpose in their community. For example, LivingWell has helped hundreds of women facing unplanned pregnancies since 1985. Although we are a Christian organization and make efforts to present the gospel to each of our clients, we are in no way trying to force them or pressure them into receiving it. In fact, almost all of our clients appreciate when we offer to pray for them at the end of their appointment. Romans 1:16 states, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” We understand that we cannot bring about salvation, it is through the power of God alone. We can plant the seed and minister to our client’s physical and spiritual needs, but only God can lead them to salvation. LivingWell’s purpose is to serve the community and share the gospel. That is why we offer free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, free lay counseling and many other services to women in need of guidance and support.

Turnaway Study conducted an experiment and found that a woman’s reason for choosing abortion falls predominantly into four main categories.

  • 40% chose abortion for financial reasons (1)

  • 36% for bad timing (1)

  • 31% for partner related reasons (1)

  • 29% wanted to focus on their other children (1)

  • 64% of the overall women in the study reported more than one of these categories (1)

Unfortunately, many cases of unplanned pregnancy have been found to cause a myriad of problems within the woman herself and those around her. These problems include increased anxiety, domestic violence, and chronic mental health issues (2). Although abortion seems to be a convenient and seamless way to solve the problem, many women experience poor mental health even decades after their operation. Despite other sources denying this claim, LivingWell has seen real cases of this for years! It is the reason that we started an abortion recovery class for both women and men. While this is an ongoing problem, unplanned pregnancy does not have to result in these ways. There is hope and there are options. For example, in addition to our free services, LivingWell’s team of counselors take time during each of their appointments to sit with the client and educate them on their options, answer questions, and find them relevant resources to refer them to. We never want our clients to leave feeling misguided and confused. Our goal is to equip them with the information they need to feel confident in their decision. Our hotline is also open 24/7 to anyone who has questions, concerns, or just needs the support of talking to someone who cares for them. There are many resources available and it is our job to use them to compassionately point women in the right direction.

Unfortunately, abortion is always going to be an option available to women. PRC’s offer alternatives to that. Abortion can be an extremely difficult decision for any woman to make, which is why PRC’s exist. We want to educate women on all of their options, so that they can make an informed decision at the end of the day.

“Our Mission is to equip women and their families facing an unplanned pregnancy to make life affirming and informed choices through a foundation of truth and hope.”

- LivingWell’s Mission Statement

Works Cited

[1] American Psychological Association. “Abortion and Mental Health.” American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, 6 2018, https://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/abortion. Accessed 29 10 2021.

[2] Biggs, Antonia M., et al. “Understanding why women seek abortions in the US.” US National Library of Medicine, 2013. US National Library of Medicine, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3729671/. Accessed 29 10 2021.

[3] Kimport, Katrina, et al. “The prevalence and impacts of crisis pregnancy center visits among a population of pregnant women.” RELX, vol. 98, no. 1, 2018, https://www.contraceptionjournal.org/article/S0010-7824(18)30079-9/fulltext#relatedArticles. Accessed 29 10 2021.

[4] Planned Parenthood. “Why do people decide to have an abortion?” Planned Parenthood, 2021, https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion/considering-abortion. Accessed 29 10 2021.

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