An unplanned or unwanted pregnancy forces women to make choices, often the most difficult choices they will ever make. This website is designed to provide you with information on the three different choices you have: abortion, adoption, or having and raising a child.
Termination of a pregnancy, or abortion, is a choice that many college women make when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. However, it certainly is not the choice for everyone.
Women under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or judge to have an abortion in North Carolina. State law requires women receive pre-abortion counseling. There is a waiting period of 72 hours after the counseling session before an abortion can be performed.
Understand that there is a process called judicial bypass which allows a minor to ask a judge for approval for an abortion instead of obtaining parental consent. Most teens talk through obtaining an abortion with their parents or guardians. However, a teen may seek a judicial bypass for a number of reasons, including being the threat of violence in the home or if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest. The judicial bypass process involves the teen filing a request with a local court for a confidential hearing before a judge.
If you wish to obtain judicial bypass instead of obtaining parental consent, contacting the clinic is the best first step. The clinic can help the you navigate the judicial system and find an attorney. The clinic will walk the you through the judicial bypass process, provide them with the required documentation, and give you information about filing a request with the court.
Here is more information about judicial bypass NC Judicial Bypass
The law requires doctors who perform an abortion after the 16th week of pregnancy to send the NC Department of Health and Human Services the method used to determine the probable gestational age of the fetus and an ultrasound of the fetus. This law took effect January 1, 2016.
Women in our area now have the choice of a medical (non-surgical, using medication taken orally or vaginally) abortion or surgical (using vacuum aspiration) abortion, depending on how far along they are in their pregnancy. Some later term abortions use additional methods to terminate a pregnancy. Abortions typically cost between $300 and $600. If you have health insurance, check with your insurance provider to see if abortion is covered. Some plans require women to “opt” in for abortion coverage, including the health insurance offered by UNCG through Student Blue. If you need assistance finding an abortion provider, please call NARAL NC at (919) 706-4510.
When you call a clinic or doctor’s office for an appointment, ask the following questions:
- What are your fees?
- Do you offer a student discount?
- Do I need to pay in cash?
- May I bring a friend with me?
- Do you offer contraception?
- How long should I be at the clinic before my appointment?
- Will the procedure require more than one clinic visit in addition to counseling?
Medical and Surgical Providers
A Woman’s Choice of Greensboro
Winston Salem, NC 336-768-2980
Medical abortions up to 9 weeks and surgical abortions up to 14 weeks. Financial assistance available.
A Preferred Woman’s Health Center
Raleigh, NC & Charlotte, NC 1-888-562-7415
Free walk-in pregnancy testing and abortions up to 19 weeks and 6 days available. Student and military discounts available with proper ID.
After Abortion Talk Line
There are a number of adoption agencies in our area that can help you with the expense of your pregnancy and legal fees in placing your child in an adoptive home. The most common types of adoption are open and closed adoptions. In an open adoption, you select the adoptive parents and may elect to have an ongoing relationship with your child. In a closed adoption, you do not know the adoptive parents and they don’t know you.
Family Services Of Winston Salem http://familyservicesforsyth.org/find-help/adoption/birth-moms/
Children’s Home Society https://www.chsnc.org/adoption-and-foster-care/adoption/birth-parent-services/
AGAPE of North Carolina https://www.agapeofnc.org/adoption/
Having and Raising a Baby
If you choose to have and raise your child, there are many services in Guilford County to assist you, especially during your pregnancy and the child’s first 3 months of life. The following is a list of services to help ensure a healthy pregnancy, delivery and baby.
The Center for Women’s Health Care at Women’s Hospital
The Center for Women’s Health Care at Women’s Hospital provides reproductive health care and oby/gyn services to women on a sliding fee scale.
Call 336-832-4777 to make an appointment.
Pregnant with no health insurance?
The Health Department provides prenatal care, annual exams, and STD testing on a sliding scale for women who do not have Medicaid. If you are a US citizen and can provide proof of income, consider applying for Medicaid for Pregnant Women. You may apply at Guilford County Social Services, 1203 Maple Street in Greensboro in Greensboro. Call 641-3000 for more information. You must apply in person and bring the following information with you:
- proof of pregnancy
- expected date of delivery
- social security card
- proof of income
- birth certificate
Not eligible for Medicaid? Contact the Adopt-A-Mom program of Guilford County at 336-641-7513 for enrollment information. This program helps women gain access to care who are pregnant and Medicaid ineligible and do not have private insurance or funds to pay for prenatal care.
Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center 336-274-4881
Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center is not a medical facility, though many of their volunteers are registered nurses and certified ultrasound technicians. The Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center does not perform or refer for abortions. Their website states “Because we support our clients’ well-being, we do not affirm decisions to abort.” This Christian organization can provide community referrals, maternity and baby clothing, and baby furniture to clients. You can visit their website gsocarecenter.org for more information.
Greensboro Nurse-Family Partnership 336-430-7026
Accepts referrals on a continual basis due to families graduating from the program on their child’s 2nd birthday.
Visits During Prenatal Care
- Ideally, visits begin early in the second trimester (14-16 weeks gestation)
- Visits are weekly for the first month after enrollment and then every other week until your baby is born.
Visits After Your Child is Born
- Weekly for the first six weeks
- Twice per month until your child reaches 20 months
- Monthly until your child reaches two years old