Knowing Your Rights - Resisting a Forced Abortion
Women facing unplanned pregnancies may be pressured by their partners, their parents, or other family members or friends to abort their baby. However, all mothers have a right to have their baby and legally cannot be forced to have an abortion. In the event that they feel pressure, here are some actions women who are pregnant can take.

- Do not sign any papers, whether provided by an abortion clinic or your parents, that might indicate you have agreed to an abortion. This includes any documents acknowledging that you have been given information. 

- If you are taken to an abortion clinic, tell all of the medical professionals you meet that you do not want to have an abortion. Do not agree to any procedure, including undressing for an examination or even sitting on an exam table. A doctor who tries to perform an abortion without your consent can be reported for criminal actions.

- Call a hotline such as 1-888-LIFE-AID, where counselors can provide pregnancy and parenting support and direct mothers to legal aid.
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