Australian Woman Who Murdered Husband Did So Following Forced Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 24, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Australian Woman Who Murdered Husband Did So Following Forced Abortion

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 24
, 2008

Sydney, Australia ( — An Australian woman on trial for murdering her husband reportedly told her psychiatrist that he pressured her into having an abortion after he discovered she became pregnant by another man. The news came during the trial of 32-year-old Danielle Stewart and it highlights the problem of pressured abortions.

Studies in the United States have found that as many as 40 percent of more abortion cases involve women who say they felt pressured or coercion.

That may have come from a partner, the woman’s parents, an employer, or someone else.

In this case, Stewart is alleged to have stabbed her husband to death in their apartment in August 2006. During a hearing, the court heard that was supposedly as a matter of self-defense because her 55-year-old husband Chaim Kimel had stabbed her in the stomach.

The Canberra Times newspaper indicated Stewart’s psychiatrist, Rosalind Foy, told the New South Wales Supreme Court that she had a ”poor sense of self."

The newspaper said she had been referred to her after Chaim told her to get an abortion after she became pregnant following an affair with a Melbourne man.

”Chaim said ‘have the termination if you want to stay with me’,” Foy told the court.

”There is mention of emotional abuse, not physical,” Foy added, according to the newspaper. ”[There were] problems with trust issues, also feelings about the ongoing relationship.”

Dr. David Reardon of the Elliot Institute says these kinds of cases are a part of a widespread problem.

Reardon is the co-author of a recent Medical Science Monitor study of American and Russian women that found that 64 percent of American women who had abortions reported that they felt pressured to abort by others.

His organization, which monitors the effects of abortion on women, has also prepared special research previously showing cases of violence against women who refused to have abortions.

Reardon said that cases of women being pressured, threatened, or subjected to violence if they refuse to abort are not unusual.

"In many of the cases documented for our ‘Forced Abortion in America’ report, police and witnesses reported that acts of violence and murder took place after the woman refused to abort or because the attacker didn’t want the pregnancy," he said.

"Even if a woman isn’t physically threatened, she often faces intense pressure, abandonment, lack of support, or emotional blackmail if she doesn’t abort," Dr. Reardon explained. "While abortion is often described as a ‘choice,’ women who’ve been there tell a very different story."


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