She said, “I felt very forced into my decision. Somewhere in the process of thinking about abortion, the baby got lost in it.” Amy was worried about how her baby would impact the perpetrator and other people in her life.
She said, “…If I told my story somebody could go to jail. And so somehow it became more important for their lives, verses my baby’s life.” Unfortunately, Amy’s not alone— statistics show that 64% of women feel coerced or are forced into abortions by family, partners, abusers or friends.
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Additionally, at the time Amy didn’t know about the work of pregnancy resource centers and didn’t realize there were other options for her baby. As LifeNews previously reported, every year 16,000 babies are saved from abortion after their mothers see an ultrasound of their unborn baby at a pregnancy resource center. These centers are run by volunteers who want to provide women facing crisis pregnancies a safe place to go to find help, guidance, and support.
When a woman is in crisis, they often can only think about the here-and-now and not about the ramifications an abortion might bring. They are thinking about the reaction of their parents, their friends, and their partner. They are contemplating how much their life will change if they have a baby, and if they can financially care for another human being.
Some women may be in direr circumstances like Amy and become pregnant from rape or incest, while others may be in an abusive marriage or relationship, or living in extreme poverty, wondering where their next meal will come from. Whatever the situation, these women are looking for help and a solution to their crisis immediately.
Although Amy wasn’t able to get the resources she needed prior to her abortion, she did seek the help of a local pregnancy center after her abortion. Listen to Amy’s testimony about finding healing and hope after her abortion in the video below.