Whereas the earlier scenario was that of the manipulative woman trapping a man by getting pregnant accidentally on purpose, womenâ€™s rising economic independence has reversed the trend somewhat in recent times, giving rise to a phenomenon called Reproductive Coercion.
The emerging social trend of women who are threatened with pregnancy by their partners can come in different forms. Reproductive coercion is when women may be threatened verbally or physically, if they use birth control or opt for a termination of a pregnancy.
On the other hand partners may deliberately remove protection during sex or they may throw away contraceptive pills.
Usually reproductive coercion is to be seen in an already dysfunctional or abusive relationship, and is one more way in which the partner may try to control a woman.
According to Elizabeth Miller, associate professor of pediatrics at the U.C. Davis School of Medicine, the reasons usually offered for this is that the partner wants the woman in their life forever or that they want to leave some sort of legacy.
Research has shown that 75% of women aged between 18 and 49 who were in an abusive relationship reported some form of reproductive coercion. It is important to recognize and address this form of abuse as well.