Imagine yourself as a teenager, 15 years old, on summer vacation, spending time home alone while your parents are at work.
What are you going to do to fill your time? Sleep most of the day away, watch TV, text friends, play video games, maybe get together with some other friends.
What are you going to do with your other friends? It’s hot outside. You might go riding (horseback, ATV, dirt bike, boat), or you might go swimming at the lake, your own pool, or a community pool.
You hang out at one of the food places for a while, then you head back home or to a friend’s house without parent supervision. Or to the “cool parents’ house” – the one that gives you alcohol and lets you drink, smoke, and do whatever you want as long as you do it at their house and not somewhere else. (Of course YOUR parents don’t know this is happening.)
You lose your sense of right and wrong somewhere along the way, and do something that you regret later. You try to ignore it for a while, remembering that it happened every few days, but trying to block it out of your memory.
A few weeks go by, and you start to really get worried. Something isn’t right, and deep down you know, but you don’t want to know, so you avoid thinking about it. A few more days go by, and you tell your best friend what happened. (They’ll know what to do, right? Maybe.)
You don’t want to tell your parents – they might be disappointed in you. (Maybe, but they will understand, and they will want to be there for you.) You can’t tell your pastor – you’re supposed to be “perfect” in church, right? (No, nobody is perfect, and your pastor can direct you in the right direction, one of which should be to the Pregnancy Help Center.)
You may think there is only one option for you, and you have to make that choice right away. If so, you’re wrong. You have time, and you have options. Your life isn’t over, and you aren’t alone. First step? The Pregnancy Help Center.
Why go to the Pregnancy Help Center of Smith County? We have free pregnancy tests to determine if you are pregnant. We have a mobile ultrasound RV unit that comes to the Walmart parking lot twice a month to verify the viability of the pregnancy.
We have life resources to educate you on the options available to you before you make your decision, and we can help you talk to your parents about the choice you want to make. We have resources to prepare you for what will be happening in the next few years, and we will be with you 100 percent of the way if you want.
All of our services are free and confidential, and transportation may be available. We are located at 108 College Ave W., Carthage. Our mailing address is PO Box 244, Carthage, TN 37030.
You may visit us Mondays from 1-5 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., or Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. You may call to schedule an appointment at 615-281-8054, or walk-in appointments are welcome up to an hour before closing.
We welcome anyone who may be experiencing a pregnancy-related issue, whether child, teen, or older, single, married, or other, regardless of income, without discrimination of any kind.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Christ-centered organization which relies on the generous donation of businesses, churches, organizations, and individuals for everything that we do.
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