Have you ever been confident (maybe even enough that you argued with somebody about it) that there was one more apple in the back of the refrigerator drawer–making exactly the right number for this great new recipe–just to find out, when you dug down to get it, that that round fruit was an orange, not an apple?
Life has a way of doing that–turning up with the unexpected. Usually, it happens right when we’re sure we’re on top of things, with everything planned out. Sometimes, for some people, that “unexpected” turns out be an expectancy, an unintended pregnancy. This turn of events can be a surprise to the dad, as well as to the mom, but just because you didn’t see it coming doesn’t mean you’re cornered. There are multiple options, and you should be sure you know all the facts before you choose one.
Many people seem to think that Hawaii is equivalent to Paradise . . . on earth, anyway. Unexpected pregnancies happen there, too, and an organization called Aloha Pregnancy Care and Counseling Centers is focused on helping those parents to be as well educated as is possible. Their goal is to offer abortion clinic alternatives in Kaneohe, Hawaii and the surrounding area. Not only do they intend to work with the women carrying the babies but also with men who fathered those children.
Many people who suddenly find themselves to be expecting a baby, at what seems to be the worst possible time, think that abortion is their only option. There are other possibilities, though, including adoption and–go figure–becoming parents. The folks at Aloha Pregnancy Care will help you be sure you know all the choices you can make and all the ramifications of each of them.
They’ll help you right from the start, with free pregnancy tests in Mililani. As they put it so frankly on their website, “Don’t get caught worrying about your pregnancy before you are sure.” These folks will help you be sure, one way or the other, with lab-certified tests.
If you’re considering “terminating the pregnancy,” be sure you really know what you’re considering. Without judging you, the folks at Aloha Pregnancy Care will provide as much abortion procedure information as it takes to thoroughly educate you before you make what will be an irreversible decision.
It could be that you just need some extra encouragement. If that’s the case, contact their main office. They offer a number of support programs in Kaneohe, from parenting, to post-abortion recovery, to personal integrity and purity, to a food and clothing pantry. These folks are not out to judge you; they’re here to help you, from the beginning on.
Side note: As it turns out, yesterday, I ended up using a slightly different baked apple recipe–one from a site that doesn’t allow linking or copying recipes. The biggest difference was that this other recipe used dried cranberries in the stuff-it-down-the-center mix . . . . house smelled great!