Reproductive coercion is a form of sexual violence that weaponizes reproductive choices as tools of violence. It is a common tactic used by an abuser to gain or maintain power and control over their partner.
This may look like:
- Tampering with birth control/contraceptives
- Pressuring a partner to have unprotected sex
- Refusing to wear a condom
- Removing a condom during sex without a partner’s consent
- Lying about being on birth control or having a vasectomy
- Pressuring a partner to get pregnant
Unfortunately, forcing a partner to become and stay pregnant is an effective way of keeping them dependent and trapped in a relationship. Reproductive coercion is a form of sexual violence, and it is used by an abusive partner to gain control. 1 in 5 women at who have reported physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner have also reported pregnancy promotion by their abusive partner (Futures without Violence). Reproductive coercion may result in psychological and physical consequences such as sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, poor mental health, etc.
If you are experiencing reproductive coercion, it is critical to understand your birth control options, know that emergency contraceptives are legal and available, and know that prenatal support is available if you continue a pregnancy.
Reproductive coercion is a violation of bodily autonomy, and we are committed to believing and supporting you.
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