Coerced Cesarean Section

A gynecologist sitting next to medical equipment. She is wearing a white coat. Her face is not visible. Mart Production/Pexels

While it goes against medical ethics and law to force someone into having a cesarean, the reality is that such coercion happens. Physical force is illegal, but hospitals, providers, and others have used lies and fear to get birthing people to agree to cesarean section. At times, they’ve even ignored vocal resistance by the birthing person.

“In short, coercion frequently isn’t by physical force. It’s through manipulation. This is why it’s worth your time and effort to search for a supportive provider who you trust to attend your birth.”