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Deciding to have an abortion can be difficult in any circumstances, but it can be even harder if you have just been told that your baby has an abnormality. You will have lots of different screening tests during pregnancy to check for different kinds of abnormalities. If one of these tests reveals that there is a serious abnormality, you will be faced with a difficult decision. Should you continue with the pregnancy or have an abortion for medical reasons?
No one can tell you whether you should terminate the pregnancy if screening reveals a serious abnormality. It is a very personal decision that will depend on lots of different factors. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to make the decision on your own.
You should discuss the situation with the doctor or sonographer who diagnosed the abnormality. It can also be helpful to visit an abortion clinic to learn more about your options. You will get unbiased advice on all of your choices. Talking to our partner, a friend or family member can also be important. Even if they can’t offer medical advice, they can provide emotional support.
Whether you are talking to different people about your options or taking some time to think by yourself, there are some important points that you should consider. Having the answers to the following questions should help you to decide whether an abortion is right for you.
None of these questions have simple answers but learning as much as you can about the abnormality and what it would mean for your child can help you to make a better decision. Whether you have an abortion will probably depend on how severe the abnormality is and if you feel able to provide the care that your child would need.