Women's Center

Crisis and Unintended Pregnancy

Most individuals and couples want to plan the timing and spacing of their childbearing and, for a variety of social and economic reasons, wish to avoid unintended pregnancies. Unintended pregnancy has an impact on public health.  Births resulting from unintended pregnancies are at higher risk for negative health outcomes for mothers and children, such as delayed prenatal care, premature birth and negative physical and mental health effects for children. Currently, about half of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the United States each year are unintended. In 2008, there were 54 unintended pregnancies for every 1,000 women aged 15–44. In other words, about 5% of reproductive-age women have an unintended pregnancy each year. By age 45, more than half of all American women will have experienced an unintended pregnancy, and three in 10 will have had an abortion. The U.S. unintended pregnancy rate is significantly higher than the rate in many other developed countries. For more facts about crisis pregnancies, please visit http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/FB-Unintended-Pregnancy-US.html#7

The Women’s Center provides resources and referrals if you are facing an unplanned pregnancy. Our staff will talk with you about all of your options, namely abortion, adoption and parenting, and we will put you in touch with the appropriate agencies based on your values and decisions.

It is important to note that some local pregnancy-related services, including the Pregnancy Resource Center and Birthline, identify as “pro-life” organizations and are opposed to abortion under all circumstances. The Pregnancy Resource Center and Birthline identify as Christian-based organizations. Knowing this will allow you to select services that are appropriate for you.

If you want to prevent an unwanted pregnancy within 120 hours of sexual intercourse (the earlier the better), consider the option of emergency contraception.  For more information see: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/emergency-contraception-morning-after-pill-4363.htm

Student Health Services

St. Cloud State University
Hill Hall
Services include pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, medical assistance and referrals.

Planned Parenthood

Services include reproductive and related health care services including emergency contraception and medical follow-up after a sexual assault.
451 East St. Germain Street, Suite 100
St. Cloud, MN 56304
320.252.9504 or 1.800.230.PLAN