16 and Pregnant: Your Options
- Keeping and raising the baby with support.
- Keeping and raising the baby on your own.
If your parents through you out or you feel you have no other option but to raise the baby on your own, keep in mind that you’ll face significant challenges and will still need a support system of some type. In the eyes of the law in some states, being 16 and pregnant is a little different than being 15 or younger and pregnant, as you may be eligible to become an emancipated minor. This means that you will be responsible for all your own finances, and will effectively live as an adult. This is definitely one of the hardest options, but despite all the horror stories out there, many young mothers went on to raise healthy, happy children, so it can be done.
- Giving the baby up for adoption.
- Having an abortion.