While it may be possible to start a medical abortion today, should you? Making a major decision in haste and under pressure can lead to significant emotional and psychological damage later on. Any major life event change can be stressful and stress effects how you make decisions. The ideal life you had pictured for yourself […]
You just found out you’re pregnant and no doubt you want to put this situation behind you—as soon as possible and as privately as possible. “Where can I get an abortion right now?” First, take a deep breath and know that you actually don’t have to do anything today. You’re already in the process of […]
Feelings of sadness, anxiety, grief, and guilt are normal emotions after an abortion. But why do we feel this way? Compromise asks us to give up something important to us in exchange for what we feel we can’t live without at the moment. In the face of immediate pain, we tend to set aside our […]
“Every state requires that a patient consent before undergoing medical treatment and that the consent be ‘informed,’”1 yet only 35 states require that women receive counseling before an abortion is performed. This does not excuse your healthcare provider from fulfilling their responsibilities to communicate all possible short- and long-term side-effects of each treatment option. Your […]
When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, it’s common to consider the option of abortion. However, the doubts and fears associated with that choice may be stronger than you anticipated. If you’re not sure that abortion is right for you, take some time and get informed about all of your options. Abortion alternatives include both parenting […]
“I was so afraid that by making the decision to keep my son that he was gonna leave, or he was gonna be mad at me, and he wasn’t. He’s been very supportive. He was very supportive through the whole pregnancy and our relationship has become stronger than ever.” Finding out you’re pregnant when you […]
Over half of all American women facing unplanned pregnancies report feeling pressured, or coerced, into choosing an abortion2. Pressure can come from anywhere – a partner, parent, sibling, friend, employer, or even a medical professional.
“Most of the pressures that we see are brought by those people that she cares about. It’s really important for us to help her sort through all the voices that she’s hearing, and those pressures that she’s hearing, to get to her voice.”
Coercion has become a growing topic of concern among those who want to protect the rights of women seriously considering abortion.
Recently, a bill was passed that would amend the penal code in the state of Michigan to include the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act3, prohibiting anyone from compelling a “pregnant female to seek an abortion”. As defined in the bill, coercion includes anything that would cause a reasonable individual to suffer “emotional distress”, such as:
threatening or committing physical harm
threatening or filing for divorce
threatening or withdrawing financial support that had previously been supplied or offered
threatening or changing an existing housing or cohabitation arrangement
Coercion goes beyond what is listed here. The term coerce means “to restrain or dominate by force; to compel to an act or choice.”1 It includes any psychological pressure, physical duress, verbal abuse or withdrawal of emotional support by loved ones. Facilities who stand to gain by your decision may provide misleading or incomplete information, making coercion by providers common. In a recent study, 84% of American women who had abortions stated they had not received adequate counseling beforehand2.
You have the right to unbiased counsel, free from external pressures. Contact CompassCare for a free, confidential consultation.
Rue, V.M., Coleman, P. K., Rue, J. J. and Reardon, D. C. (2004). “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women.” Medical Science Monitor, 10(10), SR5-16.
Emmons, Veen, Taub, Mortimer and Amos (March 16, 2006), House Bill No. 5882, A bill to amend 1931 PA 328, entitled “The Michigan penal code,” (MCL 750.1 to 750.568) by adding Section 15a.
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