Coercion is a prevalent but often ignored problem among women who have abortions.
A new study from Lifeway Research sheds more light on how frequently boyfriends and husbands pressure women into aborting their unborn babies.
The study, which questioned 1,000 men who knew their partner was pregnant and later had an abortion, found that more men urged their partners to have the abortion than not to have it, The Christian Post reports.
Most men said their partner spoke with them first before having the abortion, and 38 percent admitted that they had the most influence on her decision, compared to another family member or the abortionist, according to the study.
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Of those who spoke to the woman, 42 percent said they either “strongly urged” or “suggested” that she have an abortion. In contrast, 27 percent said they “suggested” or “urged” her not to abort her unborn child. Additionally, 31 percent said they did not give her any advice one way or the other, the study found.
Most of the men were not married to the women. According to the study, 29 percent said they were living together, and another 29 percent said they were “seeing each other”; only about one third (34 percent) said they were married.
Care Net CEO Roland Warren, whose organization sponsored the study, said the findings are similar to research they conducted in 2015. Care Net runs a network of pro-life pregnancy resources centers across the U.S.
“In 2015, when we surveyed women who had an abortion, they indicated men were the most influential factor in their decision,” Warren told the Christian Post. “Care Net recognized that despite this influence, the role of men had not yet been explored. This new study directly examines their feelings and experiences when the decision to have an abortion was made.”
Research by other groups also has found that, for many women, aborting their unborn babies was not really their choice.
In 2009, the Elliot Institute, an Illinois-based organization that researches the impact of abortion on women, found 64 percent of post-abortive women said they felt pressured to have an abortion, often from a spouse or partner.
Another 2014 study found that forced abortions are common among sex trafficking victims. In “The Health Consequences of Sex Trafficking and Their Implications for Identifying Victims in Healthcare Facilities,” researchers found that 55 percent of sex trafficking victims had at least one abortion, with more than half saying they were forced to abort one or more unborn babies.
Studies also have found high rates of violent abuse among women seeking abortions and pregnant women. A 2021 study “Homicide During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period in the United States, 2018–2019” found that homicide is the number one cause of death among pregnant mothers.
Often, abuse also is connected to a mother’s refusal to abort her unborn child. LifeNews has recorded dozens of crime stories in which pregnant mothers were abused or killed after refusing to abort their unborn babies.