Pro-abortion activists call abortion a woman’s choice, but all too often, it is the woman’s partner who pressures her into having an abortion. According to a study in the Medical Science Monitor, 64% of women who abort feel coerced into the abortion, usually by their male partners.(1)
In the most tragic cases, this coercion leads to violence. When the pressured woman refuses to have an abortion, some men resort to murder.
There have been a number of cases of abortion-related homicides of women in the past few months. Now a Houston man has been charged in the death of Omoyeme Obehi Erazua, who was pregnant with a baby boy.
The accused is nineteen year old Joseph Mike Delvia. Police have tied him to the case through DNA evidence.
Delvia had been trying to pressure Erazua into having an abortion ever since a DNA test proved that he was her child’s father. Multiple voice and text messages from Delvia were found on the victim’s cell phone. In them, Delvia demanded she have an abortion. Erazua’s body was found on August 22nd. She had been brutally stabbed over twenty times.
Erazua’s death and that of her child are the latest in what some have termed an epidemic of violence against pregnant women. In fact, murder is the leading cause of death among women who are pregnant.(2) The Elliot Institute, an organization that advocates for post-abortion women, has issued an in depth report chronicling cases of violence against pregnant women by their partners.
The problem of coercion in the abortion debate has been so widespread over the past two decades that even some pro-choice activists have expressed alarm. In David Reardon’s book “Making Abortion Rare: a Healing Strategy for a Divided Nation”, the author quotes pro-choice activist Daniel Callahan saying the following: “That men have long coerced women into unwanted abortion when it suits their purposes is well known but rarely mentioned.”(3)
- VM Rue et. al., “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical Science Monitor 10(10): SR5-16 (2004).
- I.L. Horton and D. Cheng, “Enhanced Surveillance for Pregnancy-Associated Mortality-Maryland, 1993-1998,” JAMA 285(11): 1455-1459 (2001); see also J. Mcfarlane et. al., “Abuse During Pregnancy and Femicide: Urgent Implications for Women’s Health,” Obstetrics & Gynecology 100: 27-36 (2002).
- Daniel Callahan “An Ethical Challenge to Pro-Choice Advocates” Commonweal November 23, 1990 684 Quoted in David Reardon “Making Abortion Rare: A Healing Strategy for a Divided Nation”, (Springfield, Illinois: Acorn Books, 1996) page 34
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