Domestic Abuse, Coercion, and Abortion

Editor   |   October 13, 2023

Countless women report they felt coerced into having an abortion, often by a spouse or romantic partner. The threat of violence is a driving force aiding the abortion industry.

In a 2014 study titled, “Associations between intimate partner violence and termination of pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis” researchers set out to determine the relationship between intimate partner violence and abortion. They discovered that there is a strong association between violence and abortion.

Intimate partner violence, including history of rape, sexual assault, contraceptive sabotage, and coerced decision-making, was associated with abortion, and repeat abortion.

Women in violent relationships were more likely to have concealed the abortion from their partner than those who were not.

According to a 2009 study conducted by the Elliot Institute, up to 64% of women felt pressured to get an abortion. Much of that pressure comes from intimate partners who may be coercing the woman to do something she does not want to do.

In Minnesota a man and woman were charged with the murder of an unborn child after brutally beating a pregnant woman. The man, Cameron Clark, was joined by a female accomplice who together robbed and assaulted the pregnant mother of his child. The pair maced and tasered the woman when she tried to defend herself. Once she was on the ground the man began kicking her in the stomach repeatedly. The mother was six months pregnant at the time. Her abdomen was intentionally targeted in an effort to kill the innocent baby.

Police say that after the brutal beating, the abusers stole the victim’s phone and the firearm that she had attempted to defend herself with before fleeing the scene. Unfortunately there are many stories just like this one.

In England a man set his ex-wife on fire because she refused to abort her child. In Tennessee a man was charged with two counts of first-degree murder after killing a 6-month pregnant woman and her unborn child when she refused to abort his baby.

These tragedies are all made possible by the abortion industry telling these abusers that if the woman would just get an abortion all their problems would go away. When she refuses, they take matters into their own hands.

Violence and coercion are not only directed at mothers by their intimate partners, but it can also come from family members who seek to force a child to have an abortion. This was the case in Texas when a woman was arrested after assaulting her daughter, pinning her to the floor, and attempting to force her to ingest chemical abortion pills. Or in India when a young woman was forced by her parents to abort her child because the father was from the “wrong caste.”

Stories of coercion and violence surround the topic of abortion. Loyola University Chicago conducted a study in 2014 which found that 66 survivors of human trafficking had a combined 114 abortions. Abortionists at Planned Parenthood are notorious for not reporting instances of rape and sexual abuse. Rather they simply choose not to ask questions. This allows the traffickers to continue making money selling women, and the abortionists to continue making money killing children.

No matter how many soft, kind words the abortionists use to describe their evil, it will still be evil.
Coercion is not healthcare. Abuse is not empowering.

Killing a child is not a human right.

Protecting life,

Brad Mattes

President, Life Issues Institute

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