Abortion – Are you considering an abortion?

Abortion – Are you considering an abortion?

If you are reading this article, you may be pregnant and considering abortion.  Most women do not come to the decision to abort lightly. Half of pregnancies in America are unintended. It may feel like you are alone and pregnant but many women in the San Francisco Bay Area have experienced an unplanned pregnancy. Approximately 75% of pregnant women know what they want to do with their unplanned pregnancy.  Women who have decided on abortion might seek out Planned Parenthood in Oakland or Women’s Options Center in San Francisco for their abortion clinics.  Women planning to parent might seek out their OB/GYN to begin prenatal care.  Women choosing adoption might seek out adoption agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The other 25% of women in unintended pregnancies are unsure and need a safe place to discuss their pregnancy options.  They are typically looking for:

  • Lab Grade Pregnancy Tests
  • Limited Ultrasound
  • Emotional Support
  • Community Resources and Referrals
  • Nurse Consultation
  • Proof of Pregnancy

Have you confirmed your pregnancy by visiting a medical office, pregnancy clinic, or pregnancy center in the Bay Area? Abortion procedures require a pregnancy verification.  Lab-grade pregnancy tests can be more accurate than home pregnancy tests purchased at your local CVS pharmacy or Walgreens pharmacy. After confirming your pregnancy at a Support Circle Pregnancy Clinic, you may choose to have an ultrasound performed. Why? The pregnancy ultrasound provided at our clinic is able to provide accurate dating of your unplanned pregnancy. This is important because your pregnancy options are determined by how far along in the pregnancy you are. And, a pregnancy ultrasound can go one step further to see if this is an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies are rare, but are serious conditions where treatment is needed to prevent complications.

Women contemplating an abortion are often in most need of their friends, family, partner. Sadly, this may feel like a very lonely time for you. Many women begin researching their options online.  Abortion clinics Bay Area, abortion Oakland, abortion clinics Redwood City, Women’s Options Center San Francisco, abortion cost San Francisco are common searches. Whatever your reasons for considering abortion, at Support Circle’s pregnancy centers in the Bay Area, we are able to provide you with a caring, listening, non-judgmental counselor that can help you through this time and even in the months following your pregnancy decision.

Deciding to abort a pregnancy is seldom a decision made lightly. No one should pressure you into making a decision about your pregnancy. This includes the father, family, friends, counselors, etc. And sometimes, the greatest pressure comes from ourselves.

Call our pregnancy centers first.  We want you to be well informed about your pregnancy decision.  We provide the services you need to make your decision.  Our funding comes from local residents and other friends who believe that women should receive information from a place that doesn’t profit from either outcome of their pregnancy decision.

If you would like to talk to someone about your pregnancy decision, adoption decision, abortion decision, thoughts, emotions, or ask medical questions at any time, the caring counselors at Support Circle’s pregnancy centers in the San Francisco Bay Area are available to listen and to provide non-judgmental emotional support before and after your pregnancy decision for the coming year. Our nurses can confirm your pregnancy test results, provide you with pregnancy verification and assist with dating the pregnancy during an ultrasound.

Call or visit one of our Support Circle Pregnancy Clinics in Oakland and Redwood City. All appointments are confidential.

Support Circle provides information about but is not a provider of abortions.


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5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Medical Clinics for Unplanned Pregnancies


5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Medical Clinics for Unplanned Pregnancies

All of Support Circle’s services are provided free of charge to our clients thanks to the generous donations of our supporters.  So why should supporters invest in medical clinics for unplanned pregnancies?

Reason #1: Half of Pregnancies are Unplanned

Half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned.  Half! That’s a lot of women that did not intend to get pregnant or did not intend to get pregnant at this time.  While we all know a woman or man that has or will face an unintended pregnancy, we are not all equipped to provide the tangible assistance needed.  To meet the demand for pregnancy clinics, Support Circle has three state licensed Bay Area medical clinics where registered nurses and professional counselors can provide a safe place, at no cost to her, to discuss an unexpected pregnancy and to work through issues that may be causing emotional pain.

Reason #2: Underlying Issues

One in four women in an unintended pregnancy is unsure of what to do.   The reason they are unsure is that they are conflicted and the source of the conflict comes from underlying issues which include financial fears, the relationship with the father, feeling a lack of support, and worries concerning career, school and health.  Support Circle provides the rare environment that enables a woman to address underlying issues like these.  Our professional counselors facilitate an ongoing counseling relationship for up to one year after her decision so she can address underlying issues.

Reason #3:  A Safe Place

Women need a safe place that does not pressure them.  Everyone around her has really strong opinions about what she should do.  Many times, those strong opinions turn into pressure. But she has to live with her decision so shouldn’t she be well-informed about it and not coerced? Women need a third-party place that has their best interest in mind as a person, enabling her to sort through her feelings and provide nonjudgmental support while she works through her most pressing needs and reconnects with her core values.  Support Circle provides a trained, ethnically diverse team of professional counselors who offer nonjudgmental support and assistance with community resources. The atmosphere in our clinics is always relaxing and calm.  We do not profit directly from the outcome of her pregnancy decision.

Reason #4:  Our Laws Are Not Enough

Our laws simply fall short in this social area.  What makes this issue so difficult is that it deals with pregnancy which is a very unique life stage, unlike anything else.  It is unique in that you have a woman and a fetus that are intertwined.  The debate rages over whether it is one person who needs to be able to exercise autonomy over her body, or whether it is a woman and a baby who are two distinct beings with rights.  Our laws fall short because pregnancy cannot be neatly and easily categorized as one or the other, and people fight over that categorization.  Support Circle values both the woman and the baby and what we need are not just laws.  What we need is a proactive place in society where women can come and sort through all of their issues while they are making their pregnancy decision and have their top needs addressed.  That’s what is missing and that is what Support Circle provides.

Reason #5:  Finances

Financial worries dominate the minds of women and men facing unexpected pregnancies.  It is their number one fear.  Financial lack and fear of it can cause all of the people involved to be pitted against each other.  This is a great tragedy for society.  By investing in a medical clinic that addresses these issues, you help to create an environment where they are not pitted against each other.  And Support Circle counselors can facilitate community resources that might not be known otherwise, as well as key relationships that can change the financial equation drastically for clients.

Your support of Support Circle’s pregnancy clinics provides women, men and children facing unplanned pregnancies with the immediate assistance they need.  It is a compassionate response to a daily tragedy in our society.  Thank you for making the women, men and children we serve a priority in your life!


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