Ten Things to Know About Abortion and Coercion
- The rhetoric of choice hides the reality of coercion.
2. Abortion is often someone else’s “choice.” 64% of American women who have had abortions felt pressured by others.
3. Pressure is significant. Her “choices” may involve loss of home, family or essential support, or abuse that can escalate to violence. Homicide is the leading killer of pregnant women.
4. Coercion can take many forms, including undisclosed, misleading or false information about fetal development and alternatives.
5. Even though the majority felt rushed and uncertain, 67% received no counseling; 79% were not told about alternatives.
6. Abortion is often a woman’s last choice, but her abuser’s first choice.
7. Teens face an especially high risk for coercion.
8. Many Americans who pushed family or friends to abort were also deceived – by experts, authorities or even pastors – about fetal development, alternatives and risks.
9. The overall death rate of women rises 3.5 times after an abortion. Suicide rates are 6-7 times higher after an abortion.
10. 65% report symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder they attribute to their abortions.
“We were maiming at least one woman a month.” – Carol Everett, former abortion clinic operator
See citations here.
Via The Eliott Institute: http://www.afterabortion.info/
and the UnChoice Campaign: http://www.unchoice.info/.