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Coercing Pregnancy

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Published Date
January, 2015

This article details how some abusers coerce their female partners into pregnancy as a tactic to exert control over their lives. Abusive acts related to this phenomenon include rape, using threatening or manipulative language, and interfering with birth control. The author argues that “[t]o move pregnancy coercion into the broader narrative of intimate partner abuse, women’s experiences with reproductive coercion must be legitimized within our culture and our laws” (pp. 311-312).