My friend is pregnant and unmarried. She wants to keep the baby, but she isn’t sure. She’s coming to me for advice. What should I tell her?
    Footnotes

    “My friend is pregnant and unmarried. She wants to keep the baby, but she isn’t sure. She’s coming to me for advice. What should I tell her?” New Era, April 2008, 40–41

    How can I help my friend to get the advice she needs? She is pregnant and unmarried, and turning to me for help.

    It’s difficult when a friend turns to you for advice on such a serious problem. Encourage her to gather the information she needs to make a decision that will be best for her baby and herself.

    Encourage her to talk with her parents. She may be afraid that they will be upset and disappointed, but they love her and will want to help.

    During this difficult time, your friend needs someone who can give her spiritual guidance. If she is a member of the Church, she should turn to her bishop. The bishop can discuss with her the counsel that has been given by the First Presidency regarding unwed pregnancy.

    Your friend may not know about the help that LDS Family Services offers. Whether or not your friend is LDS, she can meet with a counselor from LDS Family Services who will explain her options, and she can find support from other girls who have been in similar situations.

    There are many people who understand her situation and are available to offer the help and support she will need as she decides what to do.

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