Birth Parents Blog

Can My Parents Make Me Get an Abortion?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 23, 2019

"I'm 15 and just found out that I'm pregnant. I'm not sure if I'm ready to be a mom, but I don't think I could go through with getting an abortion, either. My boyfriend and my friends tell me I'd be a great mom. My parents are furious and told me they made an appointment for an abortion. Can they make me get an abortion?"

No one can make you have an abortion if you don't want to. Unless you're in a medical emergency and your life is in danger, they can't force you to have an abortion. Medical providers can only perform abortions for women who've decided to have one. Plus, even though you're under 18, you have the right to make important choices about your health and life.

Think about what's best for your life right now. Becoming a mom because your friends think you should, or getting an abortion since your parents think you should might not be what's right for you. Sure, you may get advice from others around you, but only you can decide what's best for your situation.

Any woman who has an unplanned pregnancy has three choices. She can become a parent, get an abortion, or choose adoption for her baby. To decide between parenting, abortion, or adoption in teen pregnancy, you’ll first need to understand exactly what these options involve. Today, we're going over all three choices, so that you can best decide which is right for you!

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Topics: teen pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, Pregnancy choices, unwanted pregnancy options, pregnancy options, abortion or adoption, unplanned pregnancy choices, abortion vs adoption

"I know now that adopting out my baby was the right thing to do"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 15, 2019

Lifetime Adoption truly cares about every birth mother we help, and develop a relationship with many of them. Over the years, birth mothers have emailed us updates on how they're doing now. Many of these women want to share their stories with you, hoping that they can help someone who is struggling with the adoption decision.

Today, we're sharing Madison's adoption story. If you're thinking about adoption, you might find birth mother stories like Madison's helpful as you make your decision because they come from women like you.

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Topics: adoption stories, teen pregnancy, adopt out my baby, birth mother stories

Teens and Adoption...What Are Your Rights?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 4, 2017

If you’re in your teens and are pregnant, your parents can’t force you into a decision about your baby. Before you decide what to do about your pregnancy, make sure to learn all that you can about your pregnancy choices and parenting options. Lifetime is available 24/7 to help you learn about adoption, including all of the birth mother rights and choices you have with modern adoption.

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, teen pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy options, adoption or parenting, positive pregnancy test

An Unplanned Pregnancy?! Can My Mom Raise My Baby?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 3, 2017

"I got pregnant when I was a sophomore in high school. It definitely wasn’t planned, and I suddenly realized that I was pregnant by a guy that I didn’t even love. But, I had to handle the situation that I was in.

The thought ‘my mom can raise my baby’ passed through my mind.  But when I thought about everything, I was embarrassed to think such a thing. I had to really think about my pregnancy choices: abortion, parenting, and adoption...

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, teen pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy options

I’m 16 and Pregnant! What Should I Do?!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 20, 2016

Question: I’m 16 and I just found out that I’m pregnant. My boyfriend and I have only had sex once! I haven’t told him yet, and I definitely don’t want to tell my parents. I love my boyfriend and I don’t want to lose him! What should I do?

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, 16 and Pregnant, teen pregnancy, Pregnancy choices, unplanned pregnancy options

I Had a Baby at 15 – Here’s My Story

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 21, 2016

What’s it like to be 15 and pregnant, and then become a mom? Check out Nicole’s story and where she is now:

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Topics: teenage moms, teen pregnancy, pregnant, teenage pregnancy

Can a Young Teen Make an Adoption Plan?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 7, 2016

I just learned that my 13-year-old daughter is pregnant.  She thinks that she is eight months along and has been hiding it from all of us.  I'm mad and sad all at the same time, but one thing I know for sure is that she needs to give up this baby for adoption.  Can you help us even though she hasn't been to the doctor yet and is so young?

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, teen pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy options

How to Handle the Holidays if You’ve Chosen Adoption - Part One

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 28, 2015

If you’re already decided that adoption is the right choice for you, you might be wondering how to handle family member’s questions during the holidays. When you go to Christmas and holiday parties and are “showing”, how will you respond to their questions?

We’ve put together a few ideas and tips for you on you might handle this situation.

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Topics: Adoption Tips, teen pregnancy, Holidays, adoption for my baby, pregnancy tips

How to Tell Your Baby’s Father You’re Thinking About Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 4, 2015

So, you’ve just taken a pregnancy test and have realized with shock that you’re pregnant. What?! You weren’t ready to become a mom right now! If adoption is the pregnancy choice that you’d like to do, your next step is telling the news to your baby’s father...

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Topics: teen pregnancy, Baby's father, Pregnancy choices

Q&A: I’ve been dating the father of my baby. Wouldn’t it be better if we just got married and tried to raise the child together even if I don’t love him?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 18, 2013

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Topics: teenmom, Pregnancy, Adoption Questions, teenage moms, adoptive couples, teens, Adoption Tips, teen pregnancy, teenage pregnancy