Abortion is a Tool of Control

Bradley Mattes   |   May 16, 2024

Laci Peterson

It was the murder trial of the century. Scott Peterson was tried and convicted of killing his wife Laci when she was eight months pregnant with their son Connor. After the bodies of his wife and child washed up on shore Scott was sentenced to life in prison without the opportunity for parole.

That trial captivated millions of Americans and showcased a serious problem in America.

Murder is one of the leading causes of death for pregnant women according to a study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Women who are pregnant or up to one year postpartum have a 35% higher risk of dying by homicide than women who were not pregnant.

The Laci Peterson case isn’t alone in grabbing headlines. A quick online search produced these more recent cases which according to statistics are just the tip of the iceberg, abortion is a tool of control.

Kiersten Hansen

Logan Barclay of Wisconsin was arrested in April 2024 for the death of his pregnant girlfriend.

He confessed to shooting Kiersten Hansen because she was pregnant and refused to get an abortion. Barclay told detectives that when she wouldn’t stop talking about the pregnancy, he shot her in the stomach. He told police that when he shot her, she “freaked out and dropped to her knee, and I walked away.”

Karylin Fiengo

Karylin Fiengo was shot and left in a Florida park. She was approximately 12 weeks pregnant at the time. Her boyfriend, Donovan Faison was arrested and charged with two counts of felony homicide – one for the mother and another for her unborn child. Faison was angry that Karylin refused to have an abortion.

Raquiah King was found with a bullet in her back. The autopsy showed she was 12 weeks pregnant. Emmanuel Coble, her partner, did not want to be a father. After considerable pressure, he coerced her into making an appointment for an abortion at Planned Parenthood, but once there Raquiah changed her mind.

Raquiah King

Her mother reported that Raquiah told her if anything happened to her, Emmanuel was responsible. Coble, a junior grade lieutenant in the US Navy was arrested and charged with the deaths of his girlfriend and their unborn child.

Candace Picken

Candace Pickens loved being a mom to her three-year-old son Zachaeus and rebuffed her partner, Nathaniel Dixon’s insistence she get an abortion. In an act of pure evil, Dixon executed Candace at close range with a gun. Compounding this heartless violence he also shot Zachaeus in the head, but the child survived. The boy now lives with the memory of seeing his mother brutally killed. Dixon was charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Research shows that as many as 64% of American women feel coerced or forced into having an abortion. Another study shows the incidence of pregnancy-associated murders is rising in the United States.

This is further evidence that abortion hasn’t liberated women. Abortion is a tool of control. It is being used manipulate their behavior and in a growing number of cases, because it has debased the value of women, their lifeless bodies are cast aside if they don’t do their partners’ bidding.

Defending women, defending life,

Brad Mattes,

President, Life Issues Institute

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