Many women of all ages are faced with the surprising news that they are pregnant at a time when they did not plan to be. This news can at first seem overwhelming. If this happens to you or someone you know, there is no need to panic. Free, caring, confidential, and life-affirming alternatives to abortion services are available to support you through your pregnancy and beyond. Whatever the reason, help is available.
Who Is Eligible? The free and confidential services are available to women or men who are involved in an unplanned pregnancy or who think they might be, and to parents of infants up to 12 months of age.
Where to Go for Help:
1-888-LIFE AID (1-888-543-3243)
- Free pregnancy test kit.
- If you are in school, ways to continue your education
- References to other supportive agencies for medical care, including food, financial help, and any other support you need to care for your baby.
- Help with maternity and baby clothing, food and furniture – whatever you need to keep you and your baby healthy.
- If you don’t have a place to live, help finding temporary shelter for you – a safe place where you can live before and even after your baby is born.
- Pregnancy, childbirth and parenting classes.
- Other related services necessary for the well being of the mother and child.
General Information About Real Alternatives: Call 1-888-LIFE AID for free, life-affirming pregnancy and parenting support services. You’ll speak to someone who will be on your side every step of the way. Connect with a pregnancy support counselor nearest to you. You can talk with someone who has been in your situation or has helped others through it, and can get the support that you deserve. The counselors are familiar with what you are going through – more than 100,000 women have received support, encouragement, guidance and practical assistance so they did not need to choose abortion.
About the Program:
All 125 centers throughout Pennsylvania are non-discriminatory, non-profit organizations that are monitored annually to ensure compliance with the Department of Public Welfare standards, and staffed with caring professionals and trained counselors.
The Alternative to Abortion Services Program began in Fiscal Year 1992-1993 and provides assistance to women experiencing a crisis pregnancy at the time when a decision regarding the outcome of the pregnancy is being made. This assistance includes information and referral for needed services. The Alternative to Abortion Services Program promotes childbirth rather than abortion.
Services are provided through a grant with a private, nonprofit agency, Real Alternatives, which, in turn, has subgrants to provide the services throughout the state.
This program provides such social and educational services as training/counseling regarding childbirth, parenting, and chastity. Food and clothing pantries and housing assistance are additional services that are provided. These services are available to all women.