Particularly during a significant life event like pregnancy, you want to ensure you’re making your own decisions. Pressure to decide what to do with your pregnancy choice from a partner or close family member, or friend can be difficult to navigate.
Ensure that you are empowered with the information you need to make a confident choice yourself. It is your life and your future: don’t allow someone else to dictate that for you.
Resisting the Pressure
Standing firm and making your own decision while resisting pressure from others in your life may be easier said than done. But, the influence of that pressure can prevent you from thinking clearly and may push you to make a decision sooner than you are ready.
It is wise to take some time to process what you’re feeling on your own and find out key information from a professional on what your unique pregnancy situation may be – and what options are available to you. You have a choice, and there is support available to you.
Under U.S. law in all 50 states, even after the overturning of Roe v. Wade, it remains illegal to pressure a woman (even a minor) into an abortion decision. The choice is yours. If you are feeling pressured and are having a hard time putting it into words how you truly feel, you may find the resources at the Center Against Forced Abortion helpful to empower you with the right legal language to make your own choice.
Mental Health Impacts
It may seem easier to give into pressure and resolve the issue. However, it is important to recognize that abortion is a permanent decision. You need to ensure you’re comfortable with all that abortion entails and how it will affect you long-term before you make your choice.
Being pressured into making an abortion decision is a common risk factor for experiencing negative mental health impacts after abortion. You can protect your mental health in the long run by ensuring you are making a decision for yourself.
Take a moment to think about what you truly want. How do you personally feel about abortion? What does this pregnancy mean to you?
Our Clinic Can Be a Safe Space
You may find it reassuring and helpful to discuss your pregnancy decision and find out key facts about your pregnancy in a safe environment. At First Care Clinic, our professional medical staff is here to help you.
Our caring client advocates can help you process what you’re feeling and think through the options available to you. Remember, it’s your choice to make – we’re here to help empower you with all the information you need to make a confident decision.
Schedule your free appointment today to confirm your pregnancy and get the answers you need.