Do I Have to Tell My Partner I Want an Abortion?

Weighing your pregnancy options is often a very challenging experience. If you aren’t sure you want to become a parent, leaving your partner out of the decision might seem more manageable.

You have no legal obligation to inform your partner of your decision to terminate your pregnancy. Depending on your relationship with your partner, you might want to consider sharing this news with them anyways.

Ask Yourself Why You Don’t Want to Tell Them

Communication is the cornerstone of a healthy relationship. Most couples facing an unintended pregnancy discuss their options collaboratively. If you don’t feel like you can tell your partner about your decision, ask yourself why.

Do you feel he would pressure you into making a different decision? Do you think sharing this news with him would make you feel unsafe?

The outcome of your pregnancy is entirely your decision. No one should attempt to pressure you into making a choice that makes you uncomfortable, and others, including your partner, should be expected to respect your decision. 

If you feel unsafe in your relationship, the domestic violence hotline can help you create a safety plan.

Why Should You Consider Telling Your Partner?

If you and your partner are in a healthy relationship, there are a few reasons why you might want to consider telling your partner about your decision:

  • Avoiding conflict by keeping your decision a secret can only cause further conflict down the road. 
  • Your partner might wonder why you didn’t trust them to support you through this challenging time. 
  • When they find out in the future, they might become resentful that you made the decision without them.
  • Healthy relationships can grow stronger through challenges.

Let us know if we can help. We can give you further information about your pregnancy as you consider your options. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.

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