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Teens facing an unplanned pregnancy choose abortion for similar reasons as women in their twenties and thirties. Teens ask the same questions: Do I want this baby? Can I afford to raise a child? How will this impact my life? Am I ready to be a mother?
Coming to a Decision
A teen considering abortion is influenced by where she lives, her religious beliefs, her relationship with her parents, access to family planning services, and the behavior of her peer group. Her educational level and socioeconomic status also play a role.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, the reasons teens most often give for having an abortion are:
•Not wanting their lives changed by the birth of a baby •Not being able to afford a baby •Not feeling mature or responsible enough to raise a child
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