This month is National Child Abuse Awareness Month. Obama even released a statement saying, “Every child deserves every chance in life.” (I won’t bother to get into the hypocrisy of that statement by the most pro-abortion president of all time.)
Once one acknowledges that the preborn are human, it quickly becomes clear that abortion is the ultimate form of child abuse. But another type of abuse is rarely linked with abortion: domestic abuse.
Did you know that one in six women is first abused during pregnancy? It is widely acknowledged that pregnancy is a common trigger of domestic violence. One only has to start an episode or two of MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” to see that many women believe that having a baby with a dangerous man will change him and make him kind and loving. One only has to finish those episodes to see that hardly, if ever, works out.
As pregnancy is a trigger, often the abusive man will want to get rid of the baby, or the mother will want to abort the baby to save herself from further abuse. Hence, abortion and domestic violence walk hand in hand. One only has to do a Google Scholar search on “abortion and domestic violence” to find scientific research supporting this link.
The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist reported:
An early study in an American university abortion clinic found that 7.8% [of women seeking an abortion] disclosed current abuse and 21.6% during the preceding year. Another study of women aged >18 years compared the primary reasons for termination in 486 abused and nonabused women; 39.5% had a history of physical abuse and relationship issues were the only reasons given more often by these women.
A Canadian study to determine the prevalence of domestic violence among women and teenagers seeking abortion compared with those continuing with pregnancy reported rates of domestic violence nearly three times higher (25.7% versus 9.3%) in the abortion group. The risk of being a victim of physical and/or sexual violence in the preceding year was almost four times higher (7.1% versus 1.8%) in the abortion group [emphasis added].
The periodical continued with a quote from an abused woman seeking an abortion: “So when I found out I was pregnant he was like … oh go get an abortion, I don’t want no baby now and threatening me and he was trying to get [X] to come and beat me up, he was telling me he was going to stab me and slice up my face and kick the baby out of my stomach and like … it was really scary.”
As if the violence at home were not bad enough, a woman having an abortion to prevent further domestic abuse or a woman being forced to have an abortion by her abuser suffers even more viciousness at the hands of an abortionist. Rape victims who had abortions have described the abortion as being another form of rape. Silent No More has over 200 testimonies from women who regret abortion following coercion or rape. Abortion is not good for women, physically or emotionally.
Like pregnancy and domestic violence are sadly all too connected, the connection between abortion and domestic violence cannot be ignored either. Unfortunately, abortion clinics do ignore this link and have been exposed by Live Action as helping abuse to continue, not stop. They found eight clinics in five different states that were willing to cover up abuse. Why would they blow the whistle on something that, if it continues, will only bring them more business in the future?
The aforementioned medical periodical also reported that: “In one Canadian study, compliance with a policy of universal screening [asking if abuse was happening] was low: only 254 of 499 (50.9%) women seen in an abortion clinic were asked the screening questions. Of these, 38 (15.0%) said that they had been abused in the preceding calendar year.” If abortion clinics do not even care enough to ask if women wanting abortions are being abused, then reason follows that they certainly don’t care enough to report the abuse!
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It is past time that the link between abortion and domestic violence is exposed. Women deserve better than abortion. It does not solve domestic violence; it only continues it. Life Charity from the UK has recently released a stellar animated film highlighting this. Pro-lifers, please share it as widely as possible.
If you are pregnant, being abused and live in the UK, please call the Life National Helpline at 0808 802 5433. If you are in the US, please call Option Line at 800-712-HELP. You can also text Option Line by sending the message “Helpline” to 313131.