Why Women Have Abortions
You might be surprised...
Most women who have abortions feel pressured to do so.
- 64 percent of American women said they felt pressured by others to have an abortion, according to a report in Medical Science Monitor. (1)
Examples of coerced abortions
- Two men in New York have been jailed for killing pregnant girlfriends who refused to have abortions. (2)
- A Maine couple kidnapped their pregnant 19-year-old daughter and attempted to transport her to New York to force her to have an abortion. (3)
- A police officer in South Carolina was arrested for assault and attempting to kill a 19-year-old girl. He was forcing her to abortion their child. (4)
- A Georgia mother and a pair of cousins were arrested for forcing a 16-year-old pregnant girl to consume turpentine in an abortion attempt. (5)
Eyewitness Accounts of Forced Abortions
On June 6, 2006, I found out I was going to
be a mother. I felt my baby moving at 14 weeks. It was a good baby. I was forced
to get an abortion by my mother. I look at my ultrasound everyday.
I’m sixteen and I recently had an abortion.
I automatically fell in love with my baby – but when we told our parents our
happiness soon faded. When I found out that I actually had an appointment to let
someone kill my child I couldn’t believe my mom couldn’t understand what I was
going through. The whole time the doctor did the abortion I was crying. I
couldn’t believe my baby was dying. I don’t even want to sleep at night because
I have nightmares and replay the whole thing over and over in my head.
Reasons Cited by Women for Having Abortions
92% of Women Cite “Social” or “Other” as the Most Important Reason for Abortion (6)
25% Not ready for another child/timing is wrong
23% Can’t afford a baby now
19% Completed my childbearing/have other people depending on me/children are grown
8% Having relationship problems/don’t want to be a single mother
7% Not mature enough to raise a child/too young to have a child
4% Child would interfere with education or career plans
4% Physical problem with my health
3% Possible health problems of the baby
0.5% Rape/husband or partner wants abortion/parents want abortion/don’t want anyone to know about pregnancy
Abortion as Birth Control
More than 50 percent of abortions are repeat abortions--in other words, abortions performed on women who have already had one or more abortions. This indicates that women are using abortion as a method of birth control.
1. Vincent M. Rue, Priscilla K.
Coleman, James J. Roe, David C. Reardon, “Induced abortion and traumatic
stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical
Science Monitor 2004; 10(10): SR5-16.
2. Steven Ertelt, “New York Man Who Killed Pregnant Girlfriend for Refusing Abortion Sentenced,” LifeNews.com, March 2, 2007. Steven Ertelt, “Another New York Man Kills Pregnant Girlfriend Who Refused Abortion,” LifeNews.com, April 18, 2007.
3. Steven Ertelt, “Maine Couple’s Lawyers Talk Plea Deal in Attempted Forced Abortion Case,” LifeNews.com, February 28, 2007.
4. Steven Ertelt, “South Carolina Police Offer Arrested After Attempted Forced Abortion,” LifeNews.com, April 16, 2007.
5. Steven Ertelt, “Police Arrest Georgia Mother, Cousins in Second Forced Abortion Case,” LifeNews.com, September 26, 2006.
6. Lawrence B. Finer, Lori F. Frowirth, Lindsay A. Dauphinee, Susheela Singh, and Ann M. Moore, “Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives,” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 37, no. 3 (September 2005): 110-18.