Deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy can be a challenging and emotional decision.
If you’re contemplating a specific option, such as abortion, you might be wondering whether or not to share your thoughts with your partner. Although there is no legal obligation to consult your partner before undergoing an abortion, it may be worthwhile to discuss your thoughts together.
This blog post provides practical advice on how to handle the conversation if you choose to do so.
Breaking the News
We understand that revealing your pregnancy to your partner was likely a stressful experience, and now discussing the possibility of abortion may feel even more daunting. You might be unsure about how your partner will react.
Before talking with them about your decision, consider seeking advice from a supportive individual who can offer guidance, such as a professional counselor, faith leader, school counselor, or pregnancy consultant.
Most importantly, if your relationship with your partner involves any form of verbal or physical abuse, prioritize your safety. Never risk your well-being if you anticipate an unsafe reaction from your partner. In case of immediate danger, call 911.
Emotions can run high when discussing significant life choices like pregnancy.
When sharing your thoughts on the potential pregnancy decision, strive to remain composed and level-headed. Avoid reacting out of anger or frustration, and remember that the final decision is ultimately yours to make.
It can also be helpful to also have all the information about your pregnancy before you talk to your partner. Confirming your pregnancy and having an ultrasound scan at a local clinic to learn the age and location of your pregnancy are important in knowing what options are available to you.
These details can be very helpful for you to help explain to your partner the reasoning behind your consideration of abortion and why you believe it may be the best course of action.
After sharing your thoughts, it’s essential to give your partner the opportunity to express their perspective. Even if you’re set on abortion, listen attentively and with an open mind. Your partner may provide valuable insight or suggestions that you hadn’t considered.
Making the Final Decision
While this may be challenging, consider exploring all available options together as partners. Understanding each possibility and talking through them can help provide the clarity necessary for making an informed decision.
While an unplanned pregnancy can feel overwhelming, rushing to make a decision without proper information and discussion might lead to regret later.
The team at Palm Beach Women’s Clinic is here to help you. We can provide a no-cost pregnancy test and follow-up ultrasound scan to give you the important details you need about your pregnancy and all the options available to you.
We can also provide resources to help in your conversation with your partner. Ultimately, the decision regarding your pregnancy is yours to make.
Contact us today to get the answers you need to make the best decision for your health and future.