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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What do I do if my boyfriend and I disagree on whether or not to have an abortion?

    I found out I was pregnant even though my boyfriend and I have always used condoms (we suspect that one of the condoms broke). Because we never expected this to happen, we have never discussed the issue. We disagree on whether or not to have the child or have it aborted. It has caused significant distress on our relationship and the decision must be made soon. What should we do? Who can we go to for advice/help?
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    Emma Webster

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    This question is a really tough position to be in and it's probably worth getting some advice from a professional. It's a huge decision that has long-term consequences, and it can be very stressful to decide without someone else to support you. Talking to someone who is able to understand all the possible choices and the consequences of these choices as soon is possible can be best.

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    Maria Nguyen

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    It is a tough decision. When I was pregnant with my son, I considered abortion. My husband (fiance that time) wanted to keep a child, but since we all know that having a child puts more responsibilty on women than men, he let me decide to keep a baby or not. I had my son and happy I have him. But I had 2 abortions as well. My advice - talk to a psychologist, but please do not feel pressured to abort a baby only because your boyfriend does not want a child. Ask yourself first if you can support a baby on your own and if you are ready to have a baby. If answers -yes, just decide for yourself. If you truly want a baby, do not abort it. If you are not ready, do not feel guilty about abortions. Good luck to you! I hope everything works out the best for you.

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