Understanding Your Options & Making a Decision
You can decide to:
- carry your pregnancy to term and become a parent.
- continue the pregnancy and place the baby up for adoption.
- end the pregnancy by having an abortion.
Deciding which choice is right for you takes time, careful thought and support. Your decision may be based on a variety of reasons including:
- where you are in your life.
- your beliefs.
- what your needs are.
Where can I get an abortion in Louisiana?
The Women’s Health Care Clinic
New Orleans, LA
Baton Rouge, LA
(225) 923-3242 or Toll Free at (800) 9373242
Hope Medical Group for Women
318-221-5500 Toll-free 800-448-5004
Do some research before you make your appointment for counseling. Watch out for “crisis pregnancy centers” that pretend to be all-options clinics. Crisis pregnancy centers may be against abortions and may give you wrong information or pressure you into making a decision that you’re not comfortable with.
Beware of clinics that:
- force you to watch anti-abortion videos while you wait for your test results.
- surround you with anti-abortion materials.
- deny you the results of your pregnancy test when you say you want an abortion.
- force you to listen to religious messages.
- refuse to refer you to clinics that perform abortions.
If you need general reproductive health services in the New Orleans area, such as access to birth control or testing, consider contacting one of the Louisiana Planned Parenthood offices.
If you want to get an abortion but you cannot afford one, the New Orleans Abortion Fund may be able to help cover some of your costs.
If you have been abused and are in need of support, Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) may be able to provide help and counseling. Visit their website at RAINN.org or call their 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.
If you are looking for support, counseling, or shelter local to the New Orleans area, there are organizations that may be able to assist you.
Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR) offers non-judgmental, confidential counseling and legal services to individuals and families affected by sexual trauma at no cost. You can reach them 24 hours a day at 1-855-435-STAR.
The Metro Center for Women and Families provides emergency shelter, medical assistance, and legal help for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. They can be reached 24 hours a day at 504-837-5400.
The New Orleans Family Justice Center may also be able to help you. You can reach them 24 hours a day at 504-866-9554.
Becoming a parent and raising a child as a teen requires a lot of support and can be very expensive. If you’re thinking about parenting, there are a number of state programs and free and low cost resources available to you:
You can also get child support from the baby’s father. This includes both fathers who decide to help raise the child and fathers who do not want to be involved. You can find more information on how to get child support at the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Child Support site.
If you find that you cannot handle the task of parenting, Louisiana provides a Safe Haven Law.
Education: You can stay in your own school or enroll in a school designed just for pregnant students – look online to see if there is one near you. For more information on the rights of students who are pregnant or parenting, visit www.nwlc.org/resource/pregnant-and-parenting-students-rights.
Adoption Information and Resources: Only you can decide to give your baby up for adoption. You CANNOT be forced by your parents, the baby’s father, or anyone else to place your baby up for adoption. Parental involvement/consent is required for minors to choose to place their child for adoption. Contact LA DCFS Adoption Services