The Women's Center
West Chester University
Adale Sholock, Ph.D.
Lawrence Center 220
West Chester, PA 19383
Being pregnant is a life-altering development and can be a scary time. The Women's Center staff is prepared to provide you with unbiased information on all of your options: adoption, abortion, or keeping the baby. After you make your decision, we will get you in contact with trained professionals to take your decision to the next step. Whatever you decide, the Women's Center is here to support you every step of the way.
If you do not wish to keep the baby, but cannot keep the baby after you give birth, adoption is an option. Adoptions from the Heart is an adoption agency that has a local office in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. They offer both open and closed adoptions. Adoptions from the Heart works with the biological mother to insure that every detail about the adoption is met to her satisfaction. They offer all of their services, including medical care, legal assistance, and supportive counseling, free of charge.
We also suggest you check out the Resources for Student Mothers page for more information in regards to nutrition, clothing, and other factors to take into consideration during your pregnancy.
There are two forms of abortion: the abortion pill (not to be confused with the morning-after pill, or Plan B) and the in-clinic abortion. Your gynecologist may offer these services. However, if you wish to keep your pregnancy private, or if you do not have health insurance, Planned Parenthood is another option. Our local chapter of Planned Parenthood offers both types of abortions. They offer their services on a sliding scale, meaning that you are charged for the services based on your income. They are only a 10-15 minute walk from campus.
The abortion pill can be taken up to 9 weeks after your last menstraul period. If any longer, one must have an in-clinic abortion. In-clinic abortions are offered up to 13.5 weeks after your last menstrual period. Please note that if you are under 18, it is required that you have parental consent for either of these methods. You may bypass this if necessary by going before a judge.
Keeping the Baby
If you wish to keep the baby and raise the child on your own, we suggest that you check out the Resources for Student Mothers page for more detailed information.