A woman in India recently accused her parents of raping her and forcing her to abort four unborn babies while just a child herself.
Her story is like that of so many others that couple abortion with physical and sexual abuse. More often than people realize, women and girls are forced to abort their unborn babies, typically by men who are abusing them.
Mid-Day Online reports the accusations involve a Vasai, India couple who allegedly raped their daughter multiple times and forced her to abort four unborn babies when she became pregnant.
Authorities said the daughter, now 24 and married, recently confided in her husband about the abuse she endured. She said her father repeatedly raped her; and her mother helped him abuse her and force her to have four abortions. The father also claimed to be a godman, or a spiritual guru, according to the report.
“The survivor confided in her husband whom she married in January. He helped her file a complaint,” according to police.
Authorities recently arrested both parents and charged them with rape and causing an abortion without a woman’s consent, according to the Times of India. News reports do not list the names of the parents or the victim.
As horrific as they are, forced abortions do occur.
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In 2015, LifeNews reported the story of a New York man, Josh Woodward, who was convicted of attempted murder after he secretly gave his pregnant girlfriend an abortion drug that caused the death of their 13-week unborn child. Woodward’s girlfriend said she refused to abort their unborn baby, even though he was constantly pressuring her.
Also in 2015, another sexual abuse victim told a British court that her abuser forced her to have an abortion after he raped and impregnated her. 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.”
Elliot Institute Director David Reardon, who co-authored the Medical Science Monitor study, previously said, “In many of the cases documented for our ‘Forced Abortion in America’ report, police and witnesses reported that acts of violence and murder took place after the woman refused to abort or because the attacker didn’t want the pregnancy.”
Research indicates human trafficking victims often are forced or coerced into aborting their unborn babies as well. 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.