TV Show Reveals the Truth about Abortion and Sexual Assault
Victims and Victors Co-Editor and Elliot Institute Staffer Featured Guest
This week, Amy Sobie of the Elliot Institute appears as a guest on the TV show “Facing Life Head On” to discuss sexual assault pregnancy and abortion.
The half-hour show is produced by Life Issues Institute and hosted by Brad Mattes. Sobie is appearing on the show along with Nicole Cooley, a woman who underwent abortion following rape and wrote a book about her experience, and Rebecca Kiessling, who was conceived in rape and now advocates against abortion in cases of sexual assault.
Sobie was invited to be a guest on the show because she co-edited the book Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions and Children Resulting From Sexual Assault. Based on the largest survey ever done of women who became pregnant through sexual assault, Victims and Victors revealed that most women in this situation don’t want abortions.
In fact, most of the survey respondents said that abortion was harmful, not helpful, in cases of sexual assault. The survey also showed that:
Nearly 80 percent of the women who aborted a pregnancy conceived in sexual assault reported that abortion had been the wrong solution.
Most women who had abortions said that abortion only increased the trauma they were experiencing.
In many cases, the victim faced strong pressure or demands to abort and in some cases, especially those involving teenage girls, was even forced to have the abortion by others.
In cases of incest or ongoing sexual abuse, abortion was frequently used by the perpetrator to cover up the abuse, and in many cases the girl was given an abortion with no questions asked and then returned to the abusive situation.
None of the women who gave birth to a child conceived in sexual assault expressed regret or wished they had aborted instead.
Watching The Show
The episode of Facing Life Head on will air in the morning on Tuesday, Dec. 2 on some cable networks, with repeats later in the week. You can watch the show three different ways:
Watch the show on TV on some cable networks
View the show online
Order a DVD of the show from Life Issues Institute online or by calling 513-729-3600.
About Victims and Victors
In addition to a discussion of the survey findings and other issues related to abortion and sexual assault, Victims and Victors includes personal stories from women who became pregnant through sexual assault or abuse and either had an abortion or carried to term. It also includes stories of children conceived through sexual assault, including that of co-editor Julie Makimaa.
~ Via The Elliot Insitute.