The Abortion Decision Making Process Essay

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Making unexpected decisions about health issues is often difficult; making decisions around an unplanned pregnancy is no different. For many women, an unplanned pregnancy can be one of the first times that they have had to deal with a decision about their health and the course of their life. If you experience and unplanned pregnancy you have three options: Continuing the pregnancy and raising the child, continuing the pregnancy and placing the child up for adoption or terminating the pregnancy by abortion. The influence of social norms, family, and friends play a large role, in whether women decide on having an abortion. The qualitative perspectives on abortion decision making among teenage women in Sweden states that “Without the…show more content…
The author’s of the study state that “ Some knew immediately that the pregnancy had to be terminated, believing abortion was the natural choice in their situation.” However, most women “found it difficult to be the one with the definitive task of deciding abortion.” Women turned to their partner, parents, and their own moral beliefs in helping them reach their decision. The problem women face when turning to their partner is that most men are unable to accept what happen. They turn away from it and choose to offer no emotional support. Men jump on the abortion “bandwagon” because they see it as an easy way out for them and make it clear that this is what should happen. The study indicates that regardless of the couples current relationship, the majority chose to tell their partner. However, the majority of the women did not tell their parents. Why is this? Parents are supposed to guide us through life, help us through difficult times and give advice when needed. An 18 year old woman from the study states “Since my parents are immigrants and Muslims, it was totally out of the question for me to tell them about the pregnancy.... They would have turned me away if they’d known.” The teenagers religion and background play a leading role in determining why she did not tell her parents. However, most people become stressed or feel guilty when they hold something in. Hiding a pregnancy from your parents is a very stressful situation
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