Alternatives to Abortion Services Program

Alternative to Abortion and Pennsylvania Alternative to Abortion Services:
Many women of all ages are faced with the news that they are pregnant at a time when they did not plan to be. This news can seem overwhelming. If this happens to you or someone you know, there is no need to panic. Free, caring, and confidential alternatives to abortion services are available to help you through your pregnancy and beyond. Whatever the reason, help is available.

Who Is Eligible?

Free and confidential services are available to:

  • Women or men who are involved in an unplanned pregnancy
  • Women or men who think they might be involved in an unplanned pregnancy
  • Parents of infants up to 12 months of age.

Where to Go for Help:
Real Alternatives -- 1-888-LIFE AID (1-888-543-3243)

SERVICES AVAILABLE:

  • Free pregnancy test kit
  • Counseling
  • Ways to continue your education (if you are in school)
  • 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
  • Help finding temporary shelter (if you don't have a place to live) -- 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 health of the mother and child.

General Information About Real Alternatives: When calling Real Alternatives, you will speak to someone who will help you every step of the way. You will talk to the pregnancy support counselor nearest to you. You may talk with someone who has been in your situation, has helped others through it, and can get you the help that you need. The counselors at Real Alternatives have helped more than 198,000 women to get support, encouragement, guidance, and other help so they did not need to choose abortion.

About the Program: Close to 100 centers across Pennsylvania are checked annually to ensure they follow the Department of Human Services' standards, and staffed with caring professionals and trained counselors.

The Alternative to Abortion Services Program provides help to women experiencing a crisis pregnancy at the time when a decision about the outcome of the pregnancy is being made. This help 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.