What is Reproductive Coercion?

Reproductive coercion is nothing new; the sexual misconduct, is about power, manipulation and control. Most of all it’s abuse, there have been instances where men have been convicted.

In 2006, the “me too” movement was founded by Tarana Burke, to help survivors of sexual violence, find their way to healing. In 2017 Alyssa Milano, popularised the “Me Too Movement”. #metoomovement. Encouraging to spread the hashtag #metoo in over 85 countries. The campaign has inspired survivors worldwide to share their stories and name their perpetrators.

Reproductive coercion is a type of domestic abuse; it’s when someone decides for you about your choice in contraception, to become pregnant or to continue with a pregnancy. This can be apparent, as either physical violence or psychological abuse.

Reproductive Coercion, cases such as;

Swapping a women’s contraception pill, with a tic tac. Or a boyfriend convinces his partner to have sexual intercourse with out the condom, because the freedom of skin on skin feels so much closer. She gives in because they really love each other. Or a woman having consensual sex with a condom, stealthily remove it halfway through sex. Or the men who lie about having had a vasectomy, or the guys that get carried away in the moment, after promising they will withdraw after having unprotected sex. Or the man that said he would break up with his partner is she didn’t have an abortion, even though she wanted the baby.

These are all incidences of reproductive coercion, controlled by men, however, women are also perpetrators of such abuse. Women have been known to put holes in or pierce condoms. Or lie to their partners about contraception, to get pregnant, despite what their partners wants were. Or another woman planning to have a baby, so only to work part time in the future. In Liz Jones’ case she took to stealing her partners’ sperm to try and conceive. After sex, Liz would take the condom to the bathroom and attempt to take matters into her own hands. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2056875/Liz-Jones-baby-craving-drove-steal-husbands-sperm-ultimate-deception.html

 

How can reproductive coercion be prevented?

Like the #metoo movement, the community awareness should be encouraged to speak up and take control. Not just women, but men too.

Medical practitioners can help women by encouraging female controlled or hidden contraception methods. Educate women about their reproductive rights and provide referrals. If you find yourself in an unplanned pregnancy, please feel free to contact our friendly staff who can assist or point you in the right direction.

 

Read Jill Filipovic’s article on
“The terrifying case of a six week embryo suing an Alabama abortion clinic”

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