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Any pregnancy is scary, even if you’ve been planning to become pregnant. But when it’s unplanned or unexpected, the prospect of caring for a child can be daunting and alienating. It’s hard to know what to do in that situation, especially if it’s something you’ve never gone through before.

Should you ever find yourself in that situation, there are a couple of things you should know. One, you are not as alone as you might feel. Even if those close to you don’t feel very supportive, there are people genuinely invested in your well-being. Two, those feelings you’re having? They’re normal.

One thing you may be exploring is the possibility of abortion. Before pursuing that path, however, there are several questions you need to ask yourself. Asking these questions will allow you to step out of the immediate moment, and consider the long-term effects an abortion would have on your life, as well as the possible ramifications of such a procedure.


What are my options?

There are more options than you might think. You can choose to parent, adopt, or have an abortion. Whatever you’re currently considering, it is important to be knowledgeable on the ramifications of your decision. For example, if you decide to have an abortion, there are several different procedures, side effects and potential injuries that can be involved. There are also other important details to consider, like when your last period was, where the procedure can be performed and how much the different types of procedures can cost. Turning Point PRC’s patient advocates can provide you with all the information you need to reach the best decision for you.

How will an abortion affect me emotionally?

Emotionally, the effects of an abortion vary from woman to woman, but abortion-associated grief is often cited as one of the more common long-term side effects. Approximately 50% of women who have an abortion experience symptoms such as depression, guilt and insomnia, among other issues, that can last as long as nine months. Studies also show that some women face these emotional side effects for a lifetime. Try not to make a permanent decision out of a temporary emotion.

How far along am I?

Not knowing exactly how far along you are can make the situation even scarier. Fortunately, there are no-cost services available to give you a precise estimate. Turning Point PRC offers a safe and confidential location to have both a pregnancy test and ultrasound performed by a qualified health professional. This will give you a better understanding of your options, as they vary depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Be aware that if you choose to have an abortion, your pregnancy must be confirmed with an ultrasound before you can have the procedure. The stage of pregnancy also determines what kind of procedure you can receive.

Is an abortion a safe procedure?

The safety of an abortion varies greatly depending on where it is performed, the quality of the doctor, the type of procedure, and how far along the pregnancy is. However, no matter the circumstances, physical complications such as hemorrhage, infection, and others can occur. Usually, the later in the pregnancy, the much more dangerous it can be. While it’s often recommended that abortions take place in the first or early second trimesters, not all procedures are successful, meaning you would have to undergo another procedure. More procedures can increase the risk of adverse health effects. Women who choose to have an abortion late in their pregnancy must undergo more intense surgical procedures, where potential consequences are much more serious, such as loss of life.

Are there any long-term health risks associated with abortion?

Abortion brings with it the potential for several long-term health risks beyond the procedure itself, such as:

  • Tubal pregnancies
  • Placenta previa
  • Miscarriage
  • Decreased maternal bonding
  • Possible increased risk of breast cancer
  • Infection
  • Severe bleeding and cramping
  • Emotional distress, such as depression and guilt

What are the different types of abortion procedures?

There are two primary types of abortion procedures: medical and surgical. Medical abortions require the ingestion of medicines to terminate the pregnancy. These procedures have a similar effect on the body and pregnancy like a miscarriage. Surgical procedures are an operation performed with local anesthetic, and can be done in a doctor’s office or clinic. Surgical procedures become more intense the farther along the pregnancy is. For more information on the different types of procedures, visit our webpage.


We understand the prospect of aborting an unplanned pregnancy is a heavy topic. There are several things you’ll want to consider – the above questions are not an exhaustive list by any means; regardless, it’s important that you do what you can to be patient, and make an informed decision. It’s in your best interest to take it slow, even if that’s the opposite of what you may want to do.

If you’re in need of support in dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, please call us at (858) 397-1970, text at (858) 822-9335, or send a confidential email to

You are not alone; we are here to help.

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We live in a world where we’re trying harder to keep up with the Kardashians than we are to keep up with our savings accounts. Sometimes, it seems as if we care more about how we’re perceived on social media and by our friends than caring about our wellbeing – both financially and emotionally. Let’s change that! Not only are we giving you financial tips to help you through your 20s, but giving you a few pieces of advice that might just come in handy someday.



Financial Tips


Pay Yourself First

Save, save, save – even if it’s $10 a month! Take a certain amount from your paycheck each month and put it away in a savings account before even depositing your check. If you don’t have a savings account, a piggy bank will do. Having some money set aside will put your mind at ease, knowing you have a plan when emergencies or bigger purchases arise.


Prepare for the Unexpected

We’re sure that you’re aware that life isn’t easy. Or fair. That’s why you must always expect the unexpected. The way life goes, you’ll lose your job, pop a tire and have to pay rent all in the same day. By continuing to put money in a savings account, it might just save you from a major meltdown and allow you to pay for unexpected costs without going into debt.


Credit Cards Aren’t FREE Monies

Seriously though – you might have a credit card with a $5,000 limit, but do you have the real money to back that up? Remember that owning a credit card is a big responsibility. If you aren’t paying off your balance each month, you’re accruing interest, which must be paid back in addition to what you already owe. Make sure that if you are using your credit card, you are checking to see how much you’ve spent and paying off as much as you can each month to avoid massive debt.



Things to Remember


You Don’t Have to Have the Nicest Things

Trying to pretend you’re someone you’re not, or trying to keep up with your friends (or the Kardashians) by buying the nicest shoes or the newest designer bag is just going to put more stress on you. Living outside your means just opens the door to financial stress, debt, poor credit scores and more problems down the road. Be content with what you have and shop at places you know you can afford.



Stuff Doesn’t Make You Happy

Remember, no amount of money will make you truly happy. You could have the nicest car, the biggest house or the newest cell phone and still be miserable. Why? Because happiness comes from the things you can’t buy. It comes from being surrounded by good friends and family. It comes from setting goals and attaining them. It comes from being compassionate and helping others. Don’t let material things get in the way of your happiness.



Let Go of Pressure

We live in a digital world – where we know what our friends, families, celebrities, celebrities’ dogs, and politicians are doing every second of every day. With social media oversharing, we are constantly putting our lives on display for the world to see. This means that we are under a lot of pressure to raise our standards and “show off” to the world. Learn to let this pressure go! You have a lot to bring to the table, even if it’s not endless amounts of money. Focus on you and learn to tune the rest of the world out.


If You Do Need Help


Even if you are struggling financially, there are a variety of services that can help you when you need it most.


  • Health Care

Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid health care program. If you are in a difficult financial situation, this program can pay for a variety of medical services. This is great if you have a certain disability or become seriously ill. Check and see if you are eligible here!


  • Food Stamps

CalFresh is California’s version of Food Stamps. CalFresh provides a monthly stipend to assist low-income households to purchase the food they need to maintain healthy lifestyles. You can learn more and apply for the program here.


  • Pregnancy Medical Clinics


Pregnancy Medical Clinics like Turning Point PRC are a great option if you find yourself facing an unplanned pregnancy. Whether you’re worried about raising a child at a young age, being a single parent or wondering how to afford a baby, we address concerns like this every day and can help you work through them. We also provide free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and community referrals to women.


  • WIC

If you do have young children at home or recently found out that you are pregnant and are having trouble providing for your family, you might be eligible for WIC. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a supplemental nutrition program that provides food, health care referrals, and nutrition education for pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding and infants and children up to the age of five.


Establishing healthy financial habits at a young age will prepare you for future success and save you from the stress and worry that comes with living paycheck to paycheck. If you find yourself in a situation that you aren’t prepared for, we can help. Contact us today; our friendly and compassionate staff is ready to help you however we can!

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When you think of the word “judgment,” what probably comes to mind is you or someone else criticizing a person on their behaviors, choices, actions or even appearance. While judgment is often perceived as a negative action, it’s actually a very important thing to have. Your judgment is made up of your morals, values, and everything in life that you believe in. You need a good sense of judgment to make active choices in your life, especially when it comes to your sexuality and all the responsibilities and implications that come with choosing to be sexually active.


1. Self-restraint

Depending on where you are in life and your own personal values, it’s totally normal if you choose to stay abstinent in your relationship. Remember, using your best judgment to remain abstinent is a choice that only you can make for yourself. A lot of responsibility comes with having sex – like the possibility of contracting STDs, getting pregnant or the heartache if the relationship doesn’t work out. If you’re not in a place where you feel comfortable taking those risks, especially with someone who is not your spouse, that’s where your judgment comes into play. Use your judgment when choosing who to date, the friends you hang out with, and how you spend your free time. Making those judgment calls can be much easier initially, rather than getting into a situation you’re not comfortable with and trying to say no. However, be firm in your judgment and remember that you are in control of your decisions.


2. Pregnancy Help

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and don’t know what to do next, that’s okay! This is another great example where your judgment can be extremely beneficial. Who you choose to confide in can make a positive difference in this journey. Outside of close family and friends, pregnancy medical clinics or resource centers are a great place to get your questions answered, as well as receive confidential support. Having a support system you can trust is imperative during such an important (and seemingly scary) part of your life. If you don’t feel like you have a great support system, or if you’re worried that if you tell family members or friends that rumors might spread, use your best judgment on where to place your trust.


At Turning Point PRC, we can be your support system. Our caring, trained medical professionals are waiting with open arms. Not only does our center offer free lab-quality testing, ultrasounds, support counseling and community referrals, we’ll supply you with all the information you need to make the best decision for yourself, all in a safe and confidential environment.


3. Abortion

Women facing unplanned pregnancy have different options when it comes to deciding what to do next. If you’re considering abortion, utilize your best judgment by evaluating all the information you have. There is an overwhelming amount of information and opinions out there regarding abortion, but part of using your best judgement is doing your research and making an informed decision. That’s something Turning Point PRC can help with as we talk with women about their options each day and provide them with factual and objective information about abortion procedures.


Something to be cautious of when considering abortion are the effects the procedures could have on your mental and physical health. If the fetal development is past two months, it is likely that you will need a surgical procedure to terminate the pregnancy. Surgical abortions can lead to serious side effects, including infection, excessive bleeding, PTSD, depression, and anxiety, among others. Use your best judgment to decide if this is the best option for you. Remember to try not to make a permanent decision out of a temporary emotion.


Clearly, judgment is a good thing. You need judgment no matter what you do in life. Because your judgment is rooted in your personal values and morals, it can also help navigate you through the more important decisions you might face, such as those listed above.


If you are looking for a reliable pregnancy clinic or are weighing your options, contact Turning Point PRC for no cost medical services: pregnancy test, ultrasound, and consultation about your next steps. Contact us today at: (858) 397-1970, text: (858) 822-9335 or email:

teen pregnancy advice

Teenage advice usually deals with personal and social issues, and many of them (in hindsight, at least) seem rather trivial. Who reading this hasn’t experienced the following situations during their teenage years?

  • What’s the best way to get rid of pimples?
  • Is it time to seek out new friends?
  • I love playing sports, but are my extracurricular activities getting in the way of my studies?
  • How can I muster up the courage to ask <insert crush here> to the prom?

These things seem absolutely life-altering at the time, but every teenager goes through them.

However, there is something that only a few teenagers have to deal with, and it actually is life-altering, in every sense of the word.

Teenage pregnancy.

Note the description above: life-altering, not life-ruining. For San Diego County women, one of the best ways to get assistance is through Turning Point’s Next Steps initiative. We can support pregnant teenagers and help them juggle the often-conflicting roles of mother and student, and also meet both short and long-term goals – personal and professional!

Advice for Pregnant Teenagers

We’ve compiled some of the best advice for teens going through a pregnancy.

If you smoke, quit. Healthy teenagers are more susceptible to giving birth to low-weight babies, and smoking only make the problem worse. Keep this in mind: every time you puff a cigarette, your baby does, too.

Abortion isn’t the only answer. Too often, pregnant teens view abortion as the only way out. That’s simply not true. Aside from negative physical and mental health consequences, abortion takes the life of an unborn child. From adoption agency referrals to open and honest counseling sessions, Turning Point can show any teenager the extraordinary benefits of giving life a chance!

Find a helping hand. Trying to handle a teenage pregnancy alone or with minimal help is beyond frustrating. With a caring supporting cast, a teenage pregnancy changes from impossible to

Understand that redemption is within reach. The shame and embarrassment of a teenage pregnancy is enough to send the most personable, well-adjusted young woman into depression. Yet once the initial shock wears off, the stigma of a teenage pregnancy becomes something entirely different. It can transform a young mother for the better. It can produce a loving child. It can be the beginning of an unbreakable family bond. Bottom line: it’s all up to you!

If you’re a teenager going through an unplanned pregnancy and don’t know where to get help, Turning Point is a great place to start. Our counselors are willing and ready to assist you today, just like we’ve been doing for women the San Diego County since 2000. Please call us today at 858-397-1970 with any questions or concerns you have. From free pregnancy tests to adoption referrals, we have plenty of solutions to choose from.

abortion in politics

Since the infamous Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973, abortion has played a central role in the debate about women’s health.

The abortion issue’s political turmoil, funding battles, heated debates and possible pending legislative changes command a large chuck of public attention. Yet set aside the “talk” about abortion for a minute and consider the grim human toll. One startling statistic illustrates abortion’s impact on women, families, and unborn children: as of 2012, there have been more than 54 million abortions in the United States since Roe vs. Wade.

Looking back through the years, abortion’s importance and staggering influence on everyday life is hard to overestimate. But what about the future of abortion, especially from a political perspective?

Abortion in the United States: A Checkered Past, Chaotic Present…and Hopeful Future?

So where do we go from here? What will abortion in America look like 10, 20 or even 50 years from now? It’s impossible to predict the future, but here’s our best guess, with three key political considerations:


“Women’s Health Rights” Rarely Align with Unborn Children’s Rights

As Mao famously said, “Political power flows through the barrel of a gun.” That’s not quite accurate when discussing abortion. Political power regarding abortion in America flows through willful, well-organized organizations. Planned Parenthood and other groups aren’t just strong advocates for abortion; they’re also practical political operatives. Unfortunately for pro-life proponents, the term “women’s health rights” includes abortion as untouchable; any attempt to limit abortion or reduce the number of abortion clinics is instantly viewed as an attack on women’s health. And that probably won’t change in the foreseeable future.


Attempts to Overturn Roe vs. Wade Will Likely Start from the Top

For pro-life advocates, any attempt to strike Roe vs. Wade from the books would start at the top of the political chain of command. While grass-roots efforts are substantial, the “bully pulpit” of the U.S. President is regarded as the logical starting point for any such efforts. The current political news cycle reflects the highly-charged, high-level discussions on abortion:  Republican candidate Donald Trump, according to running mate Mike Pence, may lead efforts to overturn the infamous 1973 Supreme Court ruling. Stay tuned.


Regardless of Official Legal Proclamation, the Pro-Life Movement Will Remain

Many legal experts think it’s highly unlikely that Roe vs. Wade will be overturned in the U.S. court system. The U.S. Supreme Court is notoriously even-handed with controversial legislation; once an issue is settled by the highest judicial power in the country, a law being overturned is extremely rare. For the Roe vs. Wade decision, two factors that will likely keep the law on the book include:

  • Pure political will. Pro-abortion advocates regard a woman’s right to abortion along sacred lines. They’re in the fight to win, and any perceived legal maneuvers against Roe vs. Wade
  • Increasingly liberal legislators. The Supreme Court likes to model itself along impartial lines, but the legal battleground is becoming more like cede-no-ground trench warfare by the minute. Left-wing judges on one side, conservative judges on the other, with precious few “sway votes” in the middle. America is simply more liberal than it was a generation ago.

However, pro-life organizations, including non-profit groups like Turning Point, will stand steadfast as an alternative to abortion. Regardless of the political winds, strong morals provide rock-solid support for the prevailing attitude on abortion.


The Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, as a non-profit organization, is here to help all women in San Diego County, no matter what the political situation is in Washington, D.C. or the California legislature. Our compassionate care and personalized counsel has assisted thousands of women since we’ve opened in 2000. To learn more about our pregnancy clinic, please call 858-397-1970.