Abortions benefit abusers, not women, as story after story confirms.
The latest example involves a prominent former USA Swimming coach who is accused of sexually abusing a young female athlete and then pressuring her to abort her unborn baby.
The AP reports six women filed lawsuits against former U.S. Olympic and national team coach Mitch Ivey, two other swim coaches, the USA Swimming association and local swim associations in California. The women are urging USA Swimming to “clean house” and get rid of coaches and executives who allegedly ignored and condoned the sexual abuse.
One of the women, Suzette Moran, said Ivey began sexually grooming her at age 12 when he was her swim coach. According to the Daily Beast, Moran said the sexual abuse escalated, and, in December 1983, Ivey got her pregnant. One report said she was 16 at the time, and another said she was 17.
When she told Ivey, Moran said he responded that “it was her problem to deal with” and then pressured her into having an abortion, the report states.
Her unborn baby’s death impacted her physically and psychologically. Moran said she was not able to swim for eight weeks and could not train for the 1984 Summer Olympic trials.
“The physical and emotional toll of the abortion and her relationship with Ivey made it extremely difficult for her to train for the 1984 Summer Olympics,” her lawsuit states. “As a result, plaintiff did not qualify for the 1984 Summer Olympics, which was devastating for her.”
The Mercury News reports Ivey also was accused of sexually grooming another swimmer, Noel Moran Quilici, starting when she was 15. She is not related to Suzette Moran. When Quilici was 17, she also became pregnant by Ivey and had an abortion, according to court documents. It is not clear if Quilici also felt pressured to abort her unborn baby.
A year later, Quilici and Ivey married, but they divorced a short time later after Quilici said she caught Ivey having sex with another 17-year-old swimmer, according to the report.
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A similar pattern followed with Moran. According to the report:
Moran said she and Ivey became engaged when she was 17.
When Moran was a freshman in college, the suit continued “she broke off the engagement with Ivey in part because he lied to her about having a relationship with another female swimmer.
“Due to Ivey’s position of power and control over plaintiff, and the psychological effects imposed upon her by childhood sexual abuse, it took years for plaintiff to realize she was betrayed by her trusted coach. By late 1987, USA Swimming and Pacific Swimming knew Ivey had engaged in an intimate relationship with (Ivey) when she was a minor. Despite this knowledge neither organization took any action to ban Ivey from coaching or to warn minor female swimmers and their parents that Ivey posed a threat to them.”
Moran said the organization ignored Ivey’s abuses.
“USA Swimming enabled Mitch Ivey to abuse me and as a result, I’ve suffered from years of depression, low self-esteem and panic attacks on top of acute anxiety. I still suffer from the trauma today that will stay with me for the rest of my life,” Moran said.
In a statement, USA Swimming said the three coaches named in the lawsuits have been suspended or ineligible for membership for many years because of the allegations, according to the AP. The organization said it is committed to providing a safe environment for all its members.
Forced and coerced abortions frequently are tied to abusive relationships, and, as horrific as they are, they are not uncommon. As LifeNews previously reported, one study found that as many as 64% of post-abortive women say they felt pressure to have an abortion.
Sexual abusers often use abortions to cover up their crimes and continue abusing their victims. Studies of victims of sex trafficking indicate they often are pressured or forced to abort their unborn babies so they can continue working.
LifeNews has been keeping track of crime stories involving allegations of forced and coerced abortions, as well as abuse connected with women who refuse to abort their unborn babies. They include: