Feeling Pressured?

The legal decision to continue or to terminate your pregnancy is yours alone. If you are seeking an abortion because the father of your child or your/his parent(s) are pressuring you to do so, you need to know your rights under the law regarding your pregnancy.

No one is legally allowed to make you have an abortion either by force or by threat of force.

Pressure from your partner or partner’s family

If the father of your child is threatening to not support you and his child should you carry the pregnancy to term, you need to know the State of Texas requires the father of any child to pay regular child support for the care of his child or children. The Texas State Attorney General’s Office has resources available to you free of charge to ensure your child receives the support he/she is leagally due by the father. This support includes finances to cover food, housing, medical, and educational expenses of your child.

Pressure from your family

If you are a minor (under the age of 18), and one or both of your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are threatening to kick you out the house and/or cut you off financially, you need to know that legally, they do not have the right to do this. Under the State of Texas Family Code, parents and/or legal guardians are required to provide necessary support (including food and housing) to their minor dependents (which means you, their minor dependent).

If you have already been kicked out of your home, Hope can make referrals for immediate housing and care, as well as assistance in finding legal defense.

Coercion

If you feel you will be transported against your will to an abortion clinic (even if you do not know which clinic), Hope Pregnancy Centers can aid you by filing out a “Notice of Intent” that will be distributed to abortion clinics across the state, informing them that if they perform an abortion on you, they will be doing so without your required consent and subject to criminal prosecution and/or civil liability; this notice will stand even if you are forced to sign consenting papers under duress in person at such a clinic at a future time.

More Resources

Below are several documents from The Justice Foundation, a non-profit public-interest litigation firm which operates the Center Against Forced Abortion (CAFA), that may assist you in informing your partner and/or family of your rights and duties and well as their rights and duties under the law in the case of an unintended pregnancy.