Real Alternatives provides free counseling and crisis-related pregnancy services in Indiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Real Alternatives focuses on empowering women by providing comprehensive information on adoption, as well as family support services should they choose to raise their babies themselves.
While American law is clear that no one can force any woman - even if she is a minor - to have an abortion, in some countries, this right to personal autonomy is not respected.
In some provinces in China, for example, even after the 2015 government reforms toward a “two-child” rather than a “one-child” policy, some women can still be forced to undergo abortions. If a woman is found to be pregnant with a child in excess of the quota assigned to her, she may be required to terminate her pregnancy.
Since the 2015 shift in policy, a married couple may have up to two children. The Chinese government penalizes unmarried pregnant women through a “zero-child” policy.
Even in the United States, some family members continue to pressure pregnant women into abortions. Such pressure can take the form of manipulation of a woman’s feelings, threats to withhold financial or emotional support, and even physical violence. Real Alternatives encourages women in this situation to call its hotline, 1-888-LIFE-AID, which offers judgment-free, practical, and compassionate advice, counseling, and referral services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.