The outcome of an unexpected pregnancy is an emotionally complex decision that should not be made lightly. The outcome of your pregnancy is your decision, and you deserve the opportunity to make the best choice for you. Your partner might think they have a say in whether you abort your pregnancy and try to pressure you to do what they want.
Regardless of their role in your life, it is your choice only. Choosing an abortion under pressure can increase the risks of mental health struggles in the future. The PRC of Glenwood Springs does not perform or refer for abortion.
Make it clear to your partner that even though you value their opinion, this is your decision, and you will not allow them to pressure or manipulate you into an abortion. Explain that their pressure only makes the situation harder and more confusing for you. Ask them to support you while you decide instead of pressuring you.
Get all the facts
An essential step in any decision-making process is gathering information. Learn about your options from a source you know you can trust. Having the knowledge you need will help you to make an informed decision and give you the ability to explain your choice to your partner.
Information about the pregnancy can and should also be obtained by ultrasound. An ultrasound can give you important knowledge about your situation that can change your options. For example:
- The abortion pill is only approved until the 10th week of pregnancy. If your pregnancy is further along, this kind of abortion is not a safe option for you. An ultrasound can tell you for sure how long you have been pregnant.
- The abortion pill is not a treatment for ectopic pregnancy, a life-threatening pregnancy growing somewhere other than your uterus. An ultrasound can locate the pregnancy, so you know if you need to seek immediate medical attention to treat an ectopic pregnancy.
- About 10-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. If your pregnancy is not growing, your ultrasound could aid in determining the next step.
Explore your feelings
Before you discuss your options with your partner, try to understand how you’re feeling. Take some time to consider how you would feel if you chose to parent your child, allow another family to raise them through adoption, or abort the pregnancy. Consider writing down your feelings so you can share them with your partner.
Talk With Your Partner
Communicate your decision with your partner in a non-confrontational way. Your partner doesn’t need to understand the decision, but they must respect it. It might be helpful to rely on a friend, family member, or counselor to sit down with you and your partner to mediate the conversation.
How Can We Help?
For more information or support, rely on the Pregnancy Resource Center. We are here to inform and empower you. Contact us to set up a free consultation today. Let us provide you with the information and a free pregnancy test to help you make a confident and informed decision.