Planned Parenthood is so focused on abortions, not women’s well-being, that it even opposed a new Indiana law to protect women in abusive situations from coerced and forced abortions.
The law, which passed the state legislature with bipartisan support, makes sure abortion facilities inform women that coerced abortions are illegal and offer her information about protective services, counseling, the use of a telephone, an alternative exit from the facility to help escape a potential abuser, and more. It also creates felony charges for anyone who coerces a woman into an abortion.
Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates of Indiana lobbied against the legislation, claiming it was “redundant” and “dangerous.” This week, it issued a harsh statement condemning Gov. Eric Holcomb for signing the protective measures into law.
“The people of Indiana will undoubtedly suffer as politicians continue to attack essential services that keep our communities healthy,” said Lisa Humes-Schulz, vice president of policy and regional affairs for the abortion group. “This bill does nothing to improve reproductive coercion and is intended solely to stigmatize abortion care and shame people seeking abortions …”
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Humes-Schulz said abortion workers already screen patients for coercion and abuse and provide informed consent. She also claimed the new law would increase the risk of women being abused, though she did not explain how.
“HB 1217 is part of a coordinated assault to end access to abortion care and heightens the risk of intimate partner violence on pregnant people,” she said.
But studies, women’s abortion stories and abortion workers themselves indicate that coerced and forced abortions are a huge problem and abortion facilities are not doing enough to protect women and unborn babies from them.
Quite the opposite, many believe abortion facilities ignore signs of abuse because selling an abortion is more important than a woman’s choice or well-being. Noemi Padilla, a nurse and former Florida abortion worker, said she quit after watching a young woman get “railroaded” into an abortion that she didn’t want.
Planned Parenthood has been caught repeatedly failing to report the sexual abuse of young girls to authorities and ignoring evidence of sex trafficking.
Research also shows that coerced and forced abortions are a major problem.
Just this week, the BBC published a study that found 15 percent of women of childbearing age in the United Kingdom felt pressured to have an abortion when they did not want one. A British abortion worker also admitted to the news outlet that many abortion workers have a “blind spot” when it comes to recognizing coercion.
Another new study from Lifeway Research this year found that 42 percent of men whose partners had abortions 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.
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. 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.
Now, as the pro-abortion movement promotes mail-order abortions and at-home abortions, many fear that even more mothers will be forced or coerced into aborting their unborn babies, and the abuse will go undetected.