Yet more proof that abortion often is not a woman’s choice, a Utah man recently was accused of raping his step-daughter and taking her to Planned Parenthood for an abortion to cover up his abuse.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports the man, 34, of Salt Lake City, Utah, allegedly raped his 15-year-old step-daughter numerous times beginning in September 2016. The man’s name is not listed in reports, likely to protect his alleged victim’s identity.
Police said the man sent messages to the girl on Facebook to demand that she meet him. According to police, he would tell the girl to tell her mother that she was going to the library, and then he would take her to his home and rape her.
Here’s more from the report:
The teen told police that if she didn’t agree to have sex with the man, he would threaten to hurt her or her family. When he found out the girl was pregnant, the man took the girl to three Planned Parenthood locations to get an abortion, the teen said.
Utah law requires a biological parent or guardian sign off on abortions for minors, and when the centers denied him, the teen said he gave her a drink to induce a miscarriage.
The girl’s mother found a plastic bottle of the liquid mixture in the teen’s room and contacted police, telling them she suspected her daughter had been raped, according to court documents.
Police said the man admitted to having sex with the girl “once or twice a month for a year,” and giving her an abortion-inducing concoction. Reports do not indicate what was in the concoction or if it succeeded in killing her unborn baby.
According to police, the man “provided false information” to them to try to hide his actions.
He is charged with 12 counts of rape.
Most Americans probably do not realize how frequently women, especially victims of sexual abuse, are pressured to abort their unborn babies. Many face threats and sometimes physical violence if they refuse to give into their abuser’s demands.
Last week, LifeNews reported a New Zealand man also faces charges after he allegedly physically and sexually abused his daughter with special needs for nearly a decade. Police discovered the alleged abuse when the daughter went to a local hospital for an abortion.
In the spring, authorities also charged a Wisconsin man on numerous counts after he allegedly raped a young girl and then tried to abort her unborn baby himself.
These are just a small sample of the cases LifeNews has reported recently involving abuse and abortion.
Sexual abuse and abortion often are connected. A 2014 study published in PLOS Medicine found that 25 percent of women who had abortions faced some sort of abuse beforehand, either physical, sexual or emotional.
Sometimes abusers use abortions to cover up their crimes, making unborn babies second victims in a number of sexual abuse cases.
In an Ohio case, a 22-year-old soccer coach was convicted of sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl on his team, LifeNews reported. According to reports, he statutorily raped the girl; and when she became pregnant, he took her to Planned Parenthood to abort their unborn baby and cover up what he had done. The Ohio Planned Parenthood also faced a lawsuit for failing to report the sexual abuse of the young girl.
In an Arizona case, officials said another Planned Parenthood center failed to provide the proper report to authorities about a victim of a young man accused of being a serial rapist. Not only did Planned Parenthood fail to report the rape but, in so doing, it allowed the rapist to rape 18 or more teenage girls, authorities said, making it so the abortion company is partially responsible for victimizing them as well.
Research indicates human trafficking victims often are forced or coerced into aborting their unborn babies. A survey by the U.S. Department of State found that 55 percent of sex trafficking victims had at least one abortion, with 30 percent having multiple abortions. More than half said they did not choose to abort their unborn child; their traffickers ordered them to, according to the survey.
Many sexual abuse victims who become pregnant say the abortion only added to their trauma, according to research by the Elliot Institute.
In 2015, a sexual abuse victim told a British court that her abuser forced her to abort her unborn baby. While the woman admitted that she had no desire to be a mother, she said she would not have aborted her baby – “because I didn’t want to go through all that.”