Abortion. It’s a woman’s choice, right? Legally, yes.
But what if you aren’t sure that abortion is the right choice for you – and someone else thinks it is?
Are you feeling pressured to have an abortion? Know that in Wisconsin, you have the legal right to make a decision about your pregnancy, even if you are a minor. No one – not your parents or your boyfriend or husband or anyone else – can force you to have an abortion.
Someone might be telling you that you have to end the pregnancy. You might be concerned for your safety if you decide to continue your pregnancy. Or perhaps your parents or the father of your baby has told you that they’ll kick you out if you do not have an abortion.
Or the pressure may be more subtle. Maybe your boyfriend will leave you. Or he hasn’t said he’ll leave, but he’s made it clear he does not want the baby.
Maybe a friend thinks that abortion is the best choice for you. After all, what about school or your other plans?
Perhaps your parents are reminding you that raising a child can be expensive – and finances are already tight.
Whether the pressure you feel is subtle or is potentially dangerous, you do not have to have an abortion if you don’t want to. And you don’t have to walk through this alone.
You may wonder:
- Will my boyfriend leave me?
- How will I take care of a baby if my parents or family aren’t supportive?
- Where will I live if I can’t stay where I am now?
- What will my friends think?
- What about school or my other plans?