Talking with your partner
Men and women communicate in very different ways. Women place a lot of emphasis on first impressions and in this situation even a neutral reaction may be seen as a lack of support. One woman said she had an abortion because her partner’s first reaction was ‘Okay, I don’t mind either way.’ Another because her partner casually said ‘If you want’ and changed the subject. Both women took this casualness to be a lack of interest and support, but found out later that all their partners needed was time to adjust to the new situation. If you really want to help your partner you should talk openly and frankly, get as much information as possible and don’t base your decision on the results of one conversation. Above all ask your partner to give you time to think things through.
You may feel that, because of the way society has labelled abortion as a ‘woman’s issue’, your partners decision has no
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