More on reproductive coercion

I wrote previously about coerced pregnancies in abusive relationships.  More research showing that the dominant trope of “she trapped me with a pregnancy” is actually the other way around. 

Fifty-three percent of respondents reported physical or sexual partner violence, 19% reported experiencing pregnancy coercion and 15% reported birth control sabotage. One third of respondents reporting partner violence (35%) also reported reproductive control. Both pregnancy coercion and birth control sabotage were associated with unintended pregnancy (AOR 1.83, 95% CI 1.36–2.46, and AOR 1.58, 95% CI 1.14–2.20, respectively). In analyses stratified by partner violence exposure, associations of reproductive control with unintended pregnancy persisted only among women with a history of partner violence. Conclusions

Pregnancy coercion and birth control sabotage are common among young women utilizing family planning clinics, and in the context of partner violence, are associated with increased risk for unintended pregnancy.

Miller, E. et al.  Pregnancy coercion, intimate partner violence and unintended pregnancy.  April 2010 Contraception vol. 81, issue 4, pp 316-322.  (full text is behind a paywall but you can read the abstract)

Also a very important link:   Know More, Say More is an organization dedicated to raising awareness of reproductive coercion as a significant component of men’s abuse of their female partners.  It has links to scholarly research, women telling their stories in their own voices, and materials for public awareness and activism.


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One Response to More on reproductive coercion

  1. Margaret says:

    Thanks for the shout out for We are a project of the Family Violence Prevention Fund. The Nation story, and blogs like your, are so important to help educate young people about what reproductive coercion is and what they can do to stop it. We are also urging anyone who has experienced it to share their story, so that we can continue to help educate others about this issue.

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