Well, it’s been awhile since we’ve chatted and I’ve had a particular situation on my mind. It’s a pretty serious topic, but aren’t they all when we consider the topic of unplanned pregnancies? Here’s the scenario: You’re pregnant and beginning to confide in those closest to you- seeking advice and desiring help to figure out what you are going to do.
There are those people, in particular, whose opinion means more to you than others. They are the ones that love you and care for you and have a vested interest in your decision. In an effort to please those you love, you may be considering an abortion simply because a person you care about thinks its best (even though you are not convinced it’s right for you.)
We understand the pressure you feel must be enormous- so many opinions and so much advice. We don’t want to add to the many voices, instead we hope to clarify your decision-making and empower you to do what you feel is right.
No matter your age, even if you are a minor, no one can legally force you or coerce you to have an abortion.
What might this look like? A parent may say something like, “You are my child and you need to do what I say. ” Or the father of the baby may say, “You have to have an abortion because I’m not ready to be a dad.”
The Supreme Court has been very clear on the subject. It is unlawful for your parents, relatives, or boyfriend to unduly pressure, force or coerce you into having an abortion. They could even be subject to potential criminal charges of child abuse or fetal homicide.
Your family does not have to support your child financially but they do have to support you. Additionally, you have the right to receive child support from the father of your child. You have rights and the freedom to do what you feel is best is one of those rights.
So, bottom line? Continue to seek out what is best for you. Get accurate information and take your time. This is a huge decision and, in the end, the decision is ultimately your own- you have to live with the consequences.
You Are More than a puppet. So, figure it out and then stand up for yourself. We have documents that can help you express your rights if you are being pressured. Call us at 652-8343.
We are not attorneys and do not dispense legal advice. The legal information contained in this blog is taken directly from The Justice Foundation’s website (www.thejusticefoundation.org).
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