Are you stuck between a rock and a hard place? Maybe you don’t feel ready to be a parent, or you don’t want the guy, who got you pregnant, to be the father. But what if he keeps insisting on you having the baby? Or vice versa, what if you want the baby and he wants you to abort? Where can you go to find answers and guidance?
It can be hard to know what to do. Because, technically, it took both of you to get to this point, so do both of you have the make the decision? While we try to encourage this, there are some situations where discussing this with the partner may put a woman in more danger.
Throw into the mix family members and friends trying to help you, and things can get messy quickly! So, instead of listening to the opinions of others, why not look at the law. What are your rights? And what are the father’s rights?
According to Family Law Rights:
“Should a male’s pregnant partner wish to seek an abortion, the male’s consent is not required by law. A woman may make the choice to terminate a pregnancy, even if the alleged father objects to the procedure. The reasoning behind this is twofold, based on the woman’s right to medical privacy and the fact of the female body being more directly affected by the pregnancy. During the Supreme Court Case of Planned Parenthood vs. Danforth, the court ruled that requiring a father’s consent to having an abortion was unconstitutional since a male’s refusal would essentially veto the woman’s right to choose.” To learn more about father rights, click here.
What should my next step be?
Perhaps you don’t feel ready to be a parent, or you want to be a parent, but he does and you want to salvage the relationship. What can you do? Why not learn all your options before choosing one. At Women’s Choice Resource Center, we can go over all your options in an unbiased, nonjudgmental atmosphere. Many of our staff know what it’s like to experience an unexpected pregnancy. So, why not give us a call? At Women’s Choice Resource Center, we offer lab-quality pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, all free of charge. Yes, you read that correctly— all of our services are 100% no cost to you. Our goal is the help you make an informed decision.
Don’t wait to have it all figured out first, let us help. You can call us at 817-534-9947, or you can schedule an appointment online. Regardless of whether you feel certain about your decision or totally overwhelmed, we are here for you!