A lawsuit filed in Manhattan last week brings to light how frequently women say they face pressure to abort their unborn children against their will.
The New York Post reports Elmira Naymark, 32, claims in her lawsuit that her former boyfriend, Ron Ozer, 29, tried to bribe her with $75,000 to abort her unborn daughter.
Naymark said she and Ozer, a rich portfolio manager in New York City, dated for about 2 ½ years. She said he bought her diamond earrings and took her on trips across the world; he also introduced her to his parents and hinted about marrying her.
When she became pregnant, though, she said his attitude changed. Naymark said Ozer urged her to “take a pill” and “call the clinic” to have an abortion, but she refused. Later, according to the lawsuit, one of Ozer’s friends approached her with an offer of $75,000 if she aborted the child.
Here’s more from the report:
Ozer, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad who owns a $2 million West Village pad in a building where Robert De Niro once lived, swore he would deny the child was his, court papers say.
Then he had a colleague offer Naymark a pile of cash for her to end the pregnancy, even suggesting she could use the money to freeze her eggs and have fertility treatments later “with the support network of a husband,” according to court papers.
“He wants to help you out and take care of this,” the friend allegedly texted Naymark. “This isn’t the only chance for you to have children. You don’t have to force this and do it alone.
“He’d be willing to offer a lump sum of money to you . . . I’m sure he would have no problem with 50k-75,000+.”
Despite the pressure and large bribe, Naymark chose life for her daughter. However, she said she is struggling financially because Ozer has not paid child support.
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In the lawsuit, she asks for a paternity test and full custody of her daughter. She also wants Ozer to pay child support to create a lifestyle for the daughter that is “proportionate with [his] vast wealth,” including private school tuition, money for summer camp and a $5 million life-insurance policy that includes Naymark and her daughter as beneficiaries, according to the report.
Whether Naymark’s motives are financial or purely for the benefit of her daughter, her allegations are not uncommon. Women frequently report feeling pressured or coerced into an abortion.
A 2004 study in the Medical Science Monitor found that 64 percent of abortions are coerced, typically by the partner. Another study found that 50 percent of women who had abortions said they felt pressured by a partner, parent or other significant person in their life. Victims of sex trafficking also report that their abusers frequently force them to have abortions.
In the past several months, LifeNews has reported several cases of women whose partners physically abused them after they refused to abort their unborn babies. In several of the cases, the coercion and violence resulted in the unborn baby’s death.