There are plenty of youngsters and young adults who are engaging in unsafe and unhealthy sex because they are not properly educated on the consequences of their actions and what this might mean for the long term. Until pregnancy happens to you, you don’t know how easy it is to get pregnant, and how awful it can make you feel when you don’t know how to cope with it. All over the place, sex is a taboo subject, and many cultures choose to save this for relationships and marriage. However, youngsters in their prime, will not be able to play by these rules when they are only just exploring their body and their sexuality. Many are able to find relief in toys like a fifi bag which are accessible online. This is a positive thing about technology these days as these items being available means these youngsters can release their temptation and prevent unsafe sex naturally. However, some still don’t have access to this and so they risk it all without realizing it. All this has contributed to the sky-high cases of young pregnancy, abortion, adoption, and also neglect for those babies who are born to parents who don’t know how to look after them. So pregnancy is a daunting thing. You have a tiny human growing inside you and its life lies in your hands. For women, this is the hardest decision they will ever have to make.
You’re pregnant. It’s unexpected. And you’re not so sure you want this child. What do you do? Know this: you have healthy options because there are a wealth of unplanned pregnancy resources at your disposal. You are not alone!
Even more, know that you are not alone. You’ll see why in a minute.
Yesterday’s blogpost exposed a tragic statistic most at-risk women don’t know.
Even more, abortion leaves lifelong scars, both emotional and physical.
Iowans for Life has compiled a broad list of unplanned pregnancy resources. If you or someone you know is in crisis because of an unplanned pregnancy, these free resources can help you immediately, as well as after the birth of your child.
Free unplanned pregnancy resources
1355 50th Street, Suite 400, W. Des Moines, IA 50266.
InnerVisions is a great resource, with services like these:
•Early Detection Pregnancy Test (medical verification needed prior to abortion)
•Post Abortion Support
•STD Testing (medically recommended before an abortion)
•Sexual Health Education & Information
Everything is confidential and free.
5806 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50266.
•Love, hope, and encouragement
•Friendship and emotional support
•Non-judgmental, confidential help
•Maternity and baby clothes
•Referrals to: Medical supports, Financial and/or employment resources, Housing, Legal referrals, Education assistance, Social assistance, Professional counseling.
•Information on: Pregnancy and childbirth; Prenatal development and care; Parenting skills; child care and child safety; Career development and/or continuing education; Community programs and/or social assistance; Adoption.
2550 Martin Luther King Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50310.
• Pregnancy Testing
• STD Testing
3605 Southeast 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50320.
Classes, videos, and DVDs
Friendship and Support
534-42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312.
Ruth Harbor provides a Christ-centered home, programs, and comprehensive services resulting in positive life change for young women who have experienced unplanned pregnancies, and their babies.
[The address is kept confidential.]
House of Mercy offers vital housing, human service, substance-related/addictive disorders treatment, and mental health programs to individuals and families that have experienced difficulty in accessing these critical services and supports. Specific services provided by the House of Mercy include:
- permanent housing;
- Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS);
- outpatient mental health counseling (e.g., individual, group, relationship, trauma, and family therapy);
- addiction counseling services (e.g., substance abuse assessments, primary treatment,
- relapse prevention education, individual/group counseling, aftercare support, twelve-step meetings, etc.);
- homeless outreach addiction assessment, education, treatment, and case management services;
- student assistance assessment and treatment programming;
- education and employment assistance;
- and skill development training in such areas as communication, parenting, anger management, and nutrition.
130 East 3rd Street, Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309.
Post-abortive resources: Restored by Grace was birthed from hearts desiring to bring hope, healing and restoration to men, women and families as we journey with them from brokeness to wholeness by confronting the lies of guilt, shame and condemnation with God’s word and love.
The list above provides resources in Des Moines. You can find more help around the state. Visit Iowans for Life’s Resource Center for more unplanned pregnancy resources.
Are you in crisis? Helping hands await you with access to free, healthy options.
You’re not alone.