The Ambivablogger speaks of a a pause for reflection. In one of the comments at that post, she quotes Jeremy Rifkin, who said "when it's really urgent, what you do is slow down".
These thoughts are in the context of land use and property development but, as Amba says, the value of "a pause for reflection" has wider application.
I immediately thought of it in the context of the first trimester of an unplanned pregnancy. It's so hard to slow down and pause to reflect. Many women who have had abortions say something like:
"I don't understand how I ended up at the clinic. It's like I got on some kind of an escalator and couldn't get off. I was caught up in a whirlwind."
"When it's really urgent, what you do is slow down." That would be a good slogan to put up in pregnancy resource centers.