More than half of all American women who face an unplanned pregnancy report feel pressured into choosing an abortion. This pressure may come from a partner, parent, sibling, friend, medical professional, or someone else.
Although it can be very difficult to sort through the many opinions surrounding you, it is important to make the decision for yourself.
Coercion is a growing topic of concern among those who want to protect women’s rights.
Recently, a bill was passed to amend the penal code in Michigan to include the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act. This bill prohibits anyone from compelling a “pregnant female to seek an abortion”.
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 offerend
- threatening or changing an existing housing or cohabition arrangement
There are other ways of coercion in addition to those listed here. “Coerce” means “to restrain or dominate by force; to compel to an act or choice.” This includes any psychological pressure, physical duress, verbal abuse, or withdrawal of emotional support by loved ones.
Unfortunately, some facilities who stand to gain by your decision may be providing misleading or incomplete information. This makes coercion by providers common.
In a recent study, 84% of American women who had abortions said that they had not received adequate counseling beforehand.
If you are being pressured into making a decision in the slightest, contact Wellspring today at (402)463-7785. We can help you sort through the opinions and possible coercions of those around you.
*Credit to https://collagecenter.com. Much of our content is from the blog at Collage.*