Based in Pennsylvania, Real Alternatives is a nonprofit organization that provides pregnancy and support services to women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. The counselors and staff at Real Alternatives Service Providers guide and engage both women in meaningful conversations that help them realize that abortion is not the only choice or solution.
Counselors from Real Alternatives Service Providers have cited stories of pregnant women who resort to abortion because they are pressured by their parents, partners, and friends that it’s the right and only decision to make based on the circumstances. Some women are young and reluctant to face motherhood, while others are frightened about bringing a child into the world alone while poor.
Counselors take the time to sit with these women to get a better understanding of their situation and empower them to choose childbirth over abortion. Once they get into the Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services Program, they have access to regular counseling, mentoring, and classes to prepare them for motherhood. To ease some of their burdens, expectant mothers are also given financial assistance, temporary housing, food, baby clothes, and furniture.
Many of these women who felt confused, hopeless or forced to make an abortion decision but reached out to Real Alternatives instead have transformed their lives. They have mended their relationships with their families, found stable jobs, and gone back to school after choosing childbirth.