Do I Have to Tell My Partner I Want an Abortion?
Unplanned pregnancies never come at an ideal time. And if you are confident you don’t want to continue your pregnancy, your first thought might be how this affects your partner.
Legally, you are not obligated to tell your partner you’re pregnant; however, you may choose to share your news with him to build trust and communication in your relationship. The outcome of your pregnancy is not an easy decision; you may wish to have your partner support you as you work through your options.
Read this article on how to share the news with empathy and confidence.
Choose the Right Time and Place
Sharing this kind of news will never be easy. Still, you can make the most of the situation by choosing an appropriate time and place to deliver unexpected or emotional information.
Avoid delivering the news in front of a group or during a busy, distracting time. Find a private moment where you and your partner can be fully present; however, choose a public place if you have any reason to fear for your safety.
Give Him Space
Prepare for a range of reactions when you share the news since your partner will likely be as surprised as you might have been. He may need time and space to process the news and decide how he feels about your decision.
It’s essential to allow your partner to share their perspective since the decision will affect both of you. Listen to their input with an open but critical mind, and try to understand their point of view, but no one should pressure you into making a choice you are uncomfortable with.
To feel more confident in your decision, preparing facts and information that address any potential feedback or questions your partner may have about how you arrived at your conclusion can be helpful.
Schedule a Consultation
Remember that the decision to terminate a pregnancy is ultimately yours. Still, it can have significant impacts on your physical and mental health, as well as your relationship with your partner.
At First Care, we offer no-cost options consultations where you (and your partner) can learn more and discuss your options in a confidential, compassionate environment.
If you or your partner want to learn more about options and local resources, contact us today!