The nation’s leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists says that women should be screened at regular check-ups and pregnancy visits to make sure that their partners are not trying to prevent them from making their own choices about pregnancy.
Doing so is “reproductive coercion.” This includes trying to get a woman pregnant against her will (by refusing to wear a condom, for example) or using pressure or threats to get a woman to continue an unwanted pregnancy or end a wanted one.
USA Today reports: “In studies cited by the committee, ‘birth control sabotage’ was reported by 25% of teen girls with abusive partners and by 15% of women who were physically abused. Some men go as far as to pull out a woman’s intrauterine device (IUD) or vaginal contraceptive ring, the committee says.”
A committee from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists wrote the opinion with the new recommendations. It is published in the February issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.