You are not legally required to tell your partner you want an abortion—and the decision about how to move forward in your pregnancy is yours alone to make. 

However, if you plan on staying with your partner, it’s important to have open communication and consider his feelings. 

This article will highlight things to consider when deciding whether to tell your partner. But if you want to learn more about abortion and your other pregnancy options, contact Cornerstone Women’s Resource Center today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.

Do You Understand Each of Your Options?

The most important thing when it comes to making a pregnancy decision is ensuring you fully understand each of your options. 

Abortion is just one pregnancy option. Your other choices include parenting and adoption

Abortion comes with risks to your physical and mental health, and not every woman is eligible for every abortion procedure. This is why it’s essential to meet with a healthcare provider to review your medical history and learn whether abortion is an option for your situation.

Once you fully understand your options, you can feel more confident to talk to your partner about what choice you’re considering. When your partner shares his feelings and concerns, you can communicate your own thoughts, knowing they are grounded in the research you’ve done.

Do You Want to Move Forward with Your Partner?

The key to a healthy relationship is open communication and mutual respect for each other’s feelings.

When deciding whether to tell your partner about how you want to move forward in the pregnancy, you must ask yourself: Do I want to stay with my partner for the long haul? If the answer is yes, then talking to your partner about your pregnancy decision is essential. 

If you think your partner won’t agree with your decision, you might feel worried about how they will react. This is understandable, but it’s important to understand that his feelings about the situation are valid. 

If you and your partner want to stay together, coming to a mutual decision about the pregnancy is ideal. If you two are having trouble seeing eye to eye, talking in front of a counselor, relative, or mutual friend can help you communicate more effectively by providing a safe, neutral space for you each to share your thoughts and concerns.

*It’s critical to note that if you’re worried about your safety in the relationship, you shouldn’t be alone with your partner. If you’re concerned about your immediate safety, call 911 or reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

You’re Not Alone in This

Navigating your pregnancy options can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone in this. At Cornerstone Women’s Resource Center, we’re here for you.

We offer free pregnancy resources, services, and information to help you have what you need to stay healthy, feel supported, and make an informed decision. 

Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.