Do I have to tell my partner I want an abortion?

No, you don’t have to tell your partner you want an abortion, but you may want to if you want to continue a relationship with him.

Abortion is a huge decision that impacts you and him. Here are four reasons to consider telling your partner about your pregnancy and how you feel.

1. It Will Build Trust.

Telling your partner you are pregnant is not easy.

However, healthy relationships are built on trust and honesty. Keeping such a significant event from your partner can break trust when he eventually learns of your secret.

It’s hard to rebuild trust once it’s broken, so having an honest dialogue with him about the situation and how you feel can bring you closer together instead of farther apart.

2. This Decision Impacts Him, Too.

Even though this pregnancy impacts your life the most because you are the one who is physically pregnant, your decision will affect his life forever.

He will either have a child or not, depending on your choice. It’s only fair to inform him of the situation and your potential pregnancy because of how it will affect him.

3. It Will Give Him a Chance to Support You.

If your partner doesn’t know about your pregnancy, he can’t support you. Telling him will help you feel less alone and give him a chance to help you research pregnancy options and talk through potential next steps.

4. He May Have Other Opinions or Thoughts.

He played a role in this pregnancy, and he may have thoughts or opinions to share with you. Listening is critical in a relationship. He will listen to you and also have his own thoughts to share.

While you might agree or disagree with his opinions, listening is a healthy aspect of a relationship. He can help you see the situation in a new way, maybe a way you haven’t thought about before.

One Reason to Not Tell Your Partner

You may not want to tell your partner about your pregnancy if you are not in a healthy relationship. Say nothing if you are worried your partner will be physically, verbally, or emotionally abusive.

Your safety must come first. Contact the Domestic Abuse Hotline if you are in an abusive relationship and need help.

Find Support at The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford

Are you pregnant and need support? Are you contemplating an abortion?

Visit The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford for free and confidential early pregnancy services. You can talk with caring team members about every pregnancy option in a confidential setting.

We are here to help.

We do not refer for or perform abortions.

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