A troubled women recently wrote to a newspaper seeking advice after her fiance threatened to leave her if she did not abort their unborn child.
The 32-year-old woman who identified herself as Nora wrote to the Nigerian news outlet Pulse. She explained that she and her fiance, Patrick, have been together for the past 10 years, but he will not commit to marrying her. He pressured her into having three abortions in the past, and now he wants her to have a fourth abortion, Nora wrote.
Her letter continued:
In our years together, I have taken in three times and always succumbed to his demands to go for an abortion and the last time, the doctor told me I stand the chance of not getting pregnant when I want to.
So two months ago, I missed my period again and I am determined to keep the baby but Patrick is not favourably disposed to the idea and has been hankering on me to undergo another abortion.
He has added another dimension that I am planning to pin him down with a baby when he is not ready. He has refused to talk to me since I told him I am not ready to abort this baby.
My friends are of the view that I should dare him and keep the baby but I am afraid he will deny responsibility and my baby would go through life without a father. But at the same time, I am afraid of getting rid of it because of the warning the doctor gave me the last time.
What should I do this time around?
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Abortion activists claim that abortion empowers women, but the mountain of evidence about coerced abortions tells a very different story. Abortions often are used to exploit and control women and destroy their children.
Though abortion activists pay little attention to the problem, women frequently are pressured and coerced into aborting their unborn children. Studies have found that in a majority of abortion cases, women said it was not their “choice” to have an abortion. A 2009 study in the Medical Science Monitor reported that 64 percent of women said they felt coerced, often by a partner or parents, to have an abortion.
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As is the case in Nora’s situation, coerced abortions can be physically damaging to the mother as well. Studies on abortion show increased risks of infertility, preterm births with future children and breast cancer, as well as psychological problems like depression, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. Coerced or not, an abortion always destroys the life of an innocent unborn human being.