Let’s be real. Relationships can be challenging enough on their own. Throw an unplanned pregnancy into the mix and everything gets dialed up to eleven!
Before you jump down a rabbit hole on Google, take a deep breath. This decision doesn’t have to derail your relationship. While we can’t predict exactly how abortion could affect your relationship, we do know a thing or two about the emotional toll it can take. We encourage you to ask questions, get all the facts, and explore all of your pregnancy options!
Keep reading to learn more about the impact of abortion on relationships and how you and your partner can make an informed and empowered decision together!
How Does Abortion Affect Relationships?
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to abortion. Some couples find it easier to process their thoughts and emotions and move on together. Others become too overwhelmed by the experience and eventually break up. All that being said, studies have shown that abortion is often a negative turning point for relationships.
For example, one study found that couples who experienced abortion were more likely to fight about money and children. Men whose partners had an abortion reported arguments about drugs and feelings of jealousy. Women who had abortions were more likely to experience sexual dysfunction and were put at greater risk for domestic violence.
Before making your decision, it’s important to consider the emotional impact you think it could have on you and your partner and speak honestly about it.
What are the Emotional Side Effects of Abortion?
As mentioned above, abortion affects everyone differently. Some women feel relieved once the procedure is over and are able to move on with their lives easily. Many others experience anxiety, guilt, and depression afterward, whether immediately or years later.
Regardless of how you feel about abortion, things can still get complicated if you and your partner have different opinions about the final decision. This can make it harder to understand your partner, process your own thoughts and feelings, and work through your disagreements.
So, What Should We Do if We Disagree?
Perhaps you feel ready to be a parent, but he doesn’t. Maybe he wants you to continue the pregnancy but you’re considering abortion. Maybe he’s left the ball in your court by saying, “I support whatever decision you make”. He means well, but could the final decision hurt your relationship anyway?
There are probably a million what-ifs running through your mind right now. We understand how easy it can be to spiral at times like this. You deserve someone in your corner now, more than ever! It’s great to speak honestly with your partner and surround yourself with trusted, supportive loved ones. But, sometimes an outside perspective can shed light on options you may not have considered.
If you and your partner are having trouble coming to a decision you both feel comfortable with, consider attending an options counseling session at Women’s Choice Resource Center! Our licensed medical staff is here to provide all the facts on abortion in Texas, adoption, and parenting. We’ll answer whatever questions you may have, so you two can make a fully informed decision together!
Abortion Information in Fort Worth, TX
Don’t make a decision out of fear. WCRC is here to help you find a solution together! Give us a call at (817) 587-0710 or schedule your appointment today. All services are confidential and free of charge!
Please be aware that Women’s Choice Resource Center does not provide or refer for abortion services.
- Coleman, P. K., Rue, V. M., & Coyle, C. T. (2009, March 26). Induced abortion and intimate relationship quality in the Chicago Health and Social Life Survey. U.S. National Library of Medicine. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19324381/
- Abortion Risks. Louisiana Department of Health. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ldh.la.gov/page/1063