Reproductive coercion is a recently emerged term and is used to describe interference with reproductive autonomy that denies a person’s decision-making and access to options. It typically takes three different forms:
1) pregnancy coercion, where a person is forced or manipulated into becoming pregnant;
2) birth-control sabotage, where a person is prevented from using contraception or her contraception is tampered with;
3) control of pregnancy outcomes, where a person is forced to continue or terminate a pregnancy.
(Sources: Children by Choice, and ‘How forced pregnancies and abortions deny women control over their own bodies’ by Laura Tarzia and Molly Wellington, University of Melbourne)
These three short videos are a series of training modules created by Children by Choice and intended for providers of medical abortion.
Children by Choice: Domestic Violence and Abortion Care Series (Video 1)
The intersection of domestic violence and unplanned pregnancy (6:56min). This video provides practitioners with an overview of the intersection between unplanned pregnancy and abortion, and domestic violence and reproductive coercion. It offers practical considerations for application to practice and leads on to two other videos exploring coerced pregnancy and coerced abortion.
Children by Choice: Domestic Violence and Abortion Care Series (Video 2)
Reproductive coercion and forced pregnancy (8:44min). This video explores coerced pregnancy as a perpetrator practice and provides concrete steps for practitioners in supporting women to gain reproductive autonomy through safe and appropriate contraceptive options.
Children by Choice: Domestic Violence and Abortion Care Series (Video 3)
Reproductive coercion and forced abortion (5:47min). This video offers an understanding of coerced abortion as a perpetrator practice, and provides practice tips for medical abortion providers in identifying and responding to possible coerced abortions.