64% of Women Having Abortions Faced Pressure, How One Woman Overcame It

Opinion   |   Rita Diller   |   May 24, 2013   |   6:39PM   |   Washington, DC

I have nowhere to turn and no support in keeping my unborn child who I already love dearly. This baby is my miracle. What do you say to a woman who has nothing? Love does not feed or clothe my children. Love and grace will not keep a warm place for my children to sleep. Tell me, what would you say to me if we met in front of the abortion clinic this week? I am faced with a decision I never wanted to make. I just wish that there were more options for us women who face these decisions.

These words of desperation and urgency from Anna, whom I had never met, greeted me via e-mail last week. This sweet, dear woman and her children had been abandoned and she was being coerced, directly and indirectly, into aborting the baby that she already loved.

Planned Parenthood stood ready and willing to kill her child and pocket the money—a Mother’s Day “gift” that would burrow deep into her heart a tunnel of never ending grief, pain, and loss. Mother’s Day would always be a reminder of the loss of Anna’s baby and all that precious child had to give to the world.

Anna is not part of a miniscule number of women who are coerced into abortion. In fact, a situation like hers is the rule, not the exception. The Medical Science Monitor reported in 2004 that 64 percent of women having abortions said they felt pressured to abort. The Elliott Institute points to this statistic and many others, in its “Abortion is the un-Choice” campaign.

Does Anna’s situation—and that of the majority of women seeking abortions—sound like liberating choice?

By the grace of God, several Christians reached out to her and were able to convince her that they would pull out all the stops to help her through this pregnancy, and she found the courage to cancel the abortion appointment just a few days before Mother’s Day.



On Mother’s Day, she was fleeing coerced abortion as she poured out every ounce of energy she had left within to save her preborn baby’s life. Anna is my Mother’s Day heroine. In her struggle to save her child, she reminds me of Jesus, who gave his last ounce of blood for us so that we might live.

Thank you to Anna and all mothers who fight the good fight for the sake of their children. Those of us who have had an opportunity to walk with women who are being terrorized all the way to Planned Parenthood know how very blessed we are to be called their friends.

Unselfish love that brings Jesus to women headed to Planned Parenthood—that is what saves lives.

LifeNews.com Note: Rita Diller is the national director of American Life League’s Stop Planned Parenthood Project.