Can I be forced to have an abortion?

 

No.

• No one has the right to force you to have an abortion.
• Not even your parents have that right if you are a minor.
• You may need help in learning how to maintain your rights concerning this pregnancy while communicating with your parents or other persons who are pressuring you to have an abortion.
• You may need safe lodging for a brief or longer time.
• Find a trustworthy person such as a sympathetic relative whom your parents will respect and listen to, a counselor at school, or a pastor or minister.
• Contact only people who you are confident will support your commitment to giving your baby life.
• The staff of this website is available to talk with you toll-free and with full confidentiality at 888-598-5491, or send us an e-mail or chat. We care about you. We’re here for you.
• Find a Pregnancy Help Center near you. If you need assistance, visit optionline.org/get-help
• If, however, you are transported to an abortion clinic against your wishes, here are some things to expect:
At the abortion facility, you will first need to confirm that you are pregnant. To determine if a person is pregnant, it’s important you know that:
o The most definitive test is a blood test, which clinics do not use.
o A urine test is less accurate for early pregnancy.
o The least definitive in the first weeks of pregnancy is an ultrasound. It is your right to ask to see the ultrasound screen to be sure they are being truthful. By law, they are required to show the screen to you. During the first month of pregnancy, the person using the ultrasound may deceive you saying, “Look! There’s the embryo/fetus/tissue…” even if you are not pregnant. Average people are not trained in reading ultrasounds. That includes most women visiting abortion clinics. Our recommendation:
o IF the staff of the abortion clinic tells you that you are pregnant only based on an ultrasound during the first 6 weeks since your last period, tell them you need a urine test to confirm this diagnosis.
o You are encouraged to visit an MD, an urgent care, or a hospital in your community which may offer a blood test to confirm pregnancy in their outpatient OB/GYN department. You will need to make phone calls first to find out where and when this could take place. You need to ask if there’s a cost or not. To help, you can call us 888-598-5491, or send us an e-mail or chat, or call a Pregnancy Help Center near you. Ask if they offer free pregnancy tests. Visit: optionline.org/get-help to help you learn who can confirm your pregnancy in full confidentiality.
• Next, a series of questions will be asked to determine if you are freely choosing to have an abortion
• A staff person will determine if you are fully informed of the medical risks involved in having an abortion.
• If a woman is being coerced into having an abortion by the baby’s father, for example, she might feel more comfortable if no one else is with her during this screening process. She can then answer questions more freely and truthfully, without anyone pressuring her or reacting to her answers.
• Abortion facilities must refuse to perform an abortion procedure on a woman who has not chosen this option of her own free will.
• Women who make an abortion decision while ignoring their inner voice and personal conscience, are extremely vulnerable to guilt and emotional pain following the abortion procedure.
• These unresolved emotions can have a negative effect on developing and sustaining personal relationships, as well as negatively affecting the ability to make strong, positive life decisions – including decisions concerning future pregnancies.
• We encourage you to get as much objective, factual information as possible before you ever submit to an abortion.
• Many facilities do not practice full disclosure of all the medical and psychological risks of an abortion procedure. They feel pregnant women are vulnerable and do not need additional worries or concerns while making this important decision. They feel they should determine what you need to know.
• We feel strongly that you should have all the information and all the facts when considering a decision that will affect your health and your future. You are a strong woman in control of your own decision-making. No one should decide for you what you need to know.
• It is your right to ask questions…to be fully informed. For example, many facilities do not disclose that having an abortion procedure significantly increases your risk for breast cancer. To explore more information on this subject, check out the www.abortionbreastcancer.com website.

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