If you feel that your partner is pressuring you into an abortion, there is help available to you. You have options, but the decision is yours and no one else’s.
Emotional Effects from Abortion and Pressure from Others
Women who experience abortion can have a range of emotions, including relief, sadness, and regret. Additionally, evidence suggests some women can experience negative emotional effects following an abortion.
One of the risk factors for experiencing these effects after an abortion is being pressured by someone into the decision. When someone pressures you, your ability to naturally process information to make a sound and informed decision is hindered.
An elective abortion is a serious decision with potentially life-changing implications. Like all life-changing decisions, it is essential to gather all the necessary and appropriate information and give yourself the time you need to process and make the best possible choice and feel comfortable with that decision.
Take a deep breath, think slowly, and give yourself the time you need to consider.
Your Partner’s Point of View
Understanding that there is a significant difference between feeling pressured by your partner and being fearful due to your partner’s words or actions is essential.
According to the National Domestic Abuse Hotline, having a partner “preventing you from making your own decisions” is a sign of potential abuse. If you feel unsafe or think your partner may be physically or emotionally abusive, you can get help through the hotline.
On the flip side, if your partner is not abusive (emotionally or physically), they may simply need some time to calm down and process the news. His perspective could change as he reflects on it.
If he cares about you and your relationship, he will also be able to understand this is a decision that only you can make and should be a decision that you feel comfortable with.
Regardless of intent, when you feel outside pressure from others (partner, friends, family), it is difficult to hear and process your thoughts on the situation.
Our team at Avenue Women’s Center is here to provide you with a safe space to listen to you and provide the support you need during this journey.
Schedule a free and confidential appointment with us today.
You can also call or text us. You are not alone.
The information provided here is general in nature. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.