Feeling pressured to get an abortion when you’re unexpectedly pregnant is tough, especially if the pressure comes from your parents. This situation can make you feel like you have to obey them or face possible problems.

Remember, only you can make the decision about your pregnancy. Not even your parents have the right to decide for you. It’s also against the law for anyone to force or pressure you into choosing an abortion.

Feeling Pressured

It’s critical that you take ownership of your pregnancy for your emotional health. Women who are pressured into an abortion are more at risk for negative mental health impacts, such as:

  • Substance abuse disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal behaviors

Even if you don’t have these risks, the emotional toll can surface anywhere from days to years after the procedure, with many women reporting feelings of:

  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Regret
  • Self-hatred
  • Worthlessness
  • Being unworthy of love
  • Low self-esteem
  • Anxiety

The Decision Is Yours

If you’re underage and still in school, your parents might urge you to consider abortion, thinking they have the right to decide for you due to their parental status. They may also be worried about how the pregnancy could affect your future.

However, even if they mean well, it’s important to think about what you want. Your parents cannot legally make you have an abortion. It’s vital to explore all available options. Give your parents some time to accept the unexpected pregnancy news, but remember, help and support are available to you.

Get Support

The Pregnancy Resource Center provides free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds so you can confirm your pregnancy. We’re also here to educate you about your options and resources moving forward.

Whether you need pregnancy services or just someone to talk to, let us help support you during this crucial time.

We offer free options-counseling, pregnancy & STI testing, and free ultrasounds on the road with our mobile medical unit, or you can visit our Center in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Contact us to request an appointment.