Under the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act, it is unlawful for
anyone to force you to have an abortion; anyone -- your mother,
your father, the baby's father, a sibling, a doctor. Any physician who performs an abortion on
a woman without having her informed consent or without giving her
a private medical consultation may be liable to her for damages
by law. And, the father of your child is required by law to assist
in the support of the child, even if he says he will only help you
pay for an abortion.
If you feel you are being forced to have an
abortion, even if you are below the age of 18, here is what you
- Refuse to sign any documents provided by your parent or a clinic
that might show your agreement to an abortion. Also, refuse to
sign any certification saying that you have been provided information.
- Tell every medical or clinic person with whom you have contact
that you do not want an abortion, you don't agree with the abortion,
and you will sue if the abortion is done.
- Remind any doctor who tries to proceed without your okay that
even though you are under 18 years of age, you have rights under
the Abortion Control Act and you do not want the abortion. Tell
the doctor he or she will be reported and his or her action is
- If you feel that anyone is forcing you to have an abortion, you can ask for
the address and phone number of the county court house to ask the court of common pleas
to make them stop so you can keep your baby. If you need help locating the number,
call 1-888-LIFE AID immediately. We can help.
- If refusing to have an abortion means losing financial support
from your parents or being kicked out, you will be able to seek
assistance benefits from the State. Plus, the father of a
child is liable to assist in the support of that child, even if
the father has offered to pay for an abortion.
- You can call 1-888-LIFE AID at any time. Our providers can help you find
the pregnancy and parenting support you need.