Navigating Pressure From Friends and Family When Considering Abortion

woman curious about adoption and abortion

Even when your loved ones have good intentions, the pressure to make a certain pregnancy decision can feel impossible to overcome. And if you’re thinking about abortion, know that you cannot be coerced into having one against your will.

Emotions may run high during this time, but this is your pregnancy. You alone can decide what’s best for your future. Cleburne Pregnancy Center provides free and confidential information about your pregnancy options in a non-judgmental environment.

In the meantime, continue reading to learn more about navigating this situation.

Reflect on Your Situation

When you have those initial conversations with family and friends about your pregnancy, they’ll likely react with shock, fear, or surprise. And they’ll have their own opinions on how you should move forward.

You alone can make a pregnancy decision, and your future is the one most affected.

If your loved ones are abusive, know that coercion or abuse of any kind is illegal. You can call 911 in an emergency, or you may contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline for 24/7 support.

When abuse isn’t a factor, your loved ones may pressure you because they have fears of their own. They might question your intended pregnancy decision due to concerns about your relationships and future.

Whether you’re considering abortion, parenting, or adoption, you need the facts before deciding. And setting clear boundaries with friends and family can set the tone for how they can—and cannot—help you.

Boundaries Are Key

You can’t make a confident pregnancy decision under pressure from loved ones. Setting clear boundaries from the beginning can ease your situation.

For example, you can say, “I know you’re worried about me right now, but I must make this decision myself. If you would like, you can ________.”

Presenting a solution can help diffuse any tension you feel. When you provide clear ideas of how loved ones can support you during this time, they can channel whatever they’re feeling into something that benefits you.

Keep in mind that you aren’t obligated to listen to advice about your situation. And if you feel uncomfortable, you can say, “I need to concentrate on _______. Could we talk about ____ instead?”

Making an Informed Decision

You aren’t obligated to share everything you think and feel about this pregnancy. You must get the facts on your options and decide how best to share your next steps with your loved ones.

If you’re considering abortion, know that it is a major medical decision with side effects and risks. You may be eligible for a limited ultrasound at Cleburne Pregnancy Center. This scan confirms your pregnancy and provides the details needed to protect your health.

Once your pregnancy has been confirmed, we’ll discuss abortion with you so you fully understand the procedure. In Texas, abortion is illegal in most circumstances. You can’t make an informed decision without knowing the facts.

We’ll also discuss parenting and adoption so you can weigh each option and get your questions answered. We won’t pressure you to make a specific decision–the choice is yours.

Free, Confidential Services

You deserve to make a pregnancy decision free from outside pressure. We’re here to help you confirm your pregnancy and explore your options.

Make a free and confidential appointment today. You are not alone.

Note: Abortion is currently illegal in Texas except in cases of life endangerment, but women cannot be held criminally or civilly liable for seeking one.