The pro-abortion movement always speaks about "women's rights" and "choice", but what if the truth is that many women don't have a "choice" when it comes to abortion? What if they are coerced? Why aren't pro-abortion advocates speaking up against this and truly supporting the protection of women's lives and their rights?
The shocking statistics beg the question, is this "choice"? Recent studies exposed:
In a national study of women, 64% women who aborted felt pressure to do so by others.[i]
According to the Guttmacher Institute, at least 30% of women have an abortion because someone else, not the woman, wants it.[ii]
In 95% of all cases, the male partner plays a central role in the abortion decision.[iii]
Many women are pressured by clinic staff, who are financially rewarded for "selling" abortions.[iv]
84% of women were inadequately counseled beforehand, 79% were not informed or were deceived about resources.[v]
A former security guard testified before the Massachusetts legislature that women were routinely threatened and abused by the boyfriends or husbands who took them to the clinics to make sure they underwent their scheduled abortions.[vi]
Pregnant women are at higher risk for domestic abuse and being killed by their partners trying to prevent the birth of their unborn child.[vii]
Homicide is the leading cause of death to pregnant women.[viii]
In Florida, Glenda Dowis was charged with forcing her daughter at gunpoint to go to an abortion clinic, where clinic workers called police. According to a staff member, Glenda Dowis said that if Brittany did not have the abortion, "I'm going to blow her brains out." Police said Glenda Dowis told staff to perform the abortion even though her daughter "may seem a bit teary." The daughter pleaded with her parents to let her have the baby.
Actress Hunter Tylo won a pregnancy discrimination suit against the producers of the Fox TV show Melrose Place after she was fired from the cast because she was pregnant. Her lawsuit alleged that one of the show's producers remarked, "Why doesn't she just go out and get an abortion? Then she can work."
Jeremy Powell pleaded guilty to forcing his way into his girlfriend's New York house and beating, kicking, and punching her after she refused to have an abortion. The victim, who was three months pregnant, told police Powell said to her, "I'm going to beat that baby out of you."
On September 3, 2002, I was forced to have an abortion by my parents. Even on the operating table, I sat up and said, "No, I don't want this". The doctor used force to jab the needle in. Now, I struggle with depression because of the grief, and PTSD, which I will have for the rest of my life. I will never be able to move on with my life. I don't even want to be here anymore. The only reason I am still alive is because I know what it would do to my parents and friends.
Amanda Kellaway, Australia, October 04, 2003
In 1969, when I was 19 years, old I got married. Practically nine months to the day I gave birth to a baby boy. My marriage was really rocky, and when my son was 9 months old, we decided to separate. After the separation, we tried to reconcile, and I became pregnant. We were still separated.
My parents were very, very upset that I was pregnant. They felt that I should have an abortion, and they told me that one day I would have more babies, but the time wasn't right for this baby. In those days (it was 1971), in Vancouver, BC, in order to have an abortion, you had to have permission from your family doctor, a gynecologist and a psychiatrist.
I really did not want an abortion. I wanted to have the baby. In order to placate my parents, I decided to go through the procedure of seeing the three professionals.
The family doctor, a Dr. L------ C----, who had a practice on H------- Street [details supplied] in Vancouver OK'd the abortion, as did the gynecologist. Then it was time to go to the psychiatrist. He denied it. He told me that it would bother me my entire life, that some people were cut out to have abortions, but I was not one of them.
I breathed a sigh of relief and, of course, nothing could be done much to my parents dismay! So, I proceeded along with my pregnancy. At close to five months pregnant, I was giving my son his supper, one night, when I got terrible pain and bleeding.
I phoned my mother to come over and she took me to the hospital. Dr. C. came in, and I remember my mother standing at the end of the bed and saying, "Kick her in the stomach a few times to make sure it's really dead!" Dr. C. said, "The baby is already dead."
I was so young and inexperienced I never thought to ask, "How on earth would you know that the baby is dead when you just got here, and haven't even examined me yet?"
Anyway, he said that I had to get a D&C. So, later on, I was wheeled up to the operating room for the "procedure". I truly believed that the baby was dead! The really strange part is that, two weeks before this happened, I had a dream. In the dream I was in an operating room, and I was having the baby, except it was too early for the baby, and as I was being wheeled in I was telling the nurses this.
When I was being wheeled into the operating room, to have the so called D&C, the operating room was set out exactly as it was in my dream. Also the nurse was the same even though I had never seen her before in my life!
So the "procedure" was done and, the next morning, Dr. C. came in to see me. (I was still in the hospital.) I asked him what sex the baby was, and he abruptly told me that it was too early to tell. I know now that at that gestation that baby was fully formed and, perhaps, viable. As a matter of fact, my daughter in law gave birth to a baby at 22 weeks gestation, and the baby is now a healthy happy three-year-old!
I was discharged from the hospital feeling such an emptiness. But, life went on. I knew in my heart that it was nature's way. I had not had an abortion... or so I thought!
Eight years ago, my mother and I were at Bingo. I don't know what possessed her to tell me what she told me. She said, "Jeannie... do you remember when you had your miscarriage?" I said, "Yes" She said, "Well, the baby wasn't really dead. Once you were under anesthetic, Dr. C. came out of the operating room and told me that the baby wasn't really dead and asked Dad and I what we wanted him to do. We told him to abort it. If you say anything about this to anyone, I will deny it."
I was devastated!!! All I could think about was that poor little baby inside me, curled up so secure, and that barbarian ripping him out of me! The anger is so intense! My mother died three years ago, and I now live in Australia, and I did go on to have four more beautiful children. But, I have always felt such a loss for the poor little baby that wasn't to be. It was bad enough that I thought I lost the baby through miscarriage, but the baby was murdered!!!
I would really like to know what Dr. C. put on the medical report... and I wonder if the baby was alive when delivered, or if the poor little thing was in pain. I feel like contacting the college of physicians and surgeons in Vancouver and report Dr C. for doing an illegal abortion because it was indeed an illegal abortion.
I was 21 years old, and of legal age. He had no right to ask my parents what to do.
When he discovered the baby was alive, he should have just left it there! Dr. C. would be in his seventies right now, and I'm sure he would not be practicing medicine anymore. He may even be dead, himself, for all I know. I just feel that there hasn't been "closure" on this issue.
Jeannie, Canada, September 17, 2003
The owner of an abortion business in Johannesburg was accused of forcing a young woman to have an abortion (in 2009). Meriam Serefi, who runs The Rock Health Clinic abortion business, has been charged with doing a forced abortion on a 17-year-old girl who said she was five months pregnant at the time.
According to police, the teenager said her boyfriend took her to the abortion center under false pretenses — saying he was taking her to have an ultrasound done. It looks as if the boyfriend had made prior arrangements with the clinic to perform the abortion. Upon arrival the unnamed young woman was given abortion medicine. The nurses only told her about the abortion when she complained of labor pains.
The young women told police that the nurses had assaulted her because she refused to have her child killed. One of the nurses inserted a hand inside her and pulled the foetus out. Three nurses who work at the abortion center were arrested and charged with murder but saw those charges dismissed after Serefi was handed over to the police.
Serefi faces the charge of "illegal termination of pregnancy".
A French court jailed the Algerian singer Cheb Mami for five years for abducting a former partner and forcing her to undergo an abortion. Mami denied the charges, telling the court that he had been "manipulated" by his entourage.
The singer is credited with bringing Algeria's popular Rai folk music to an international audience. Mami's former partner, who is a French photographer, had gone to Algeria believing she was on a business trip, a few days after telling Cheb Mami, 42, that she was pregnant. Prosecutors had said that Cheb Mami was one of a group who abducted and beat the woman, a French photographer, in the Algerian capital, Algiers, in 2005.
She said that she was drugged and taken to a villa in Algiers. There, three people tried to perform an abortion. Upon her return to France, she discovered she was still pregnant and later gave birth to a daughter, now aged three.
Mami denied any involvement in the attempted abortion and said he was being persecuted because he was a successful Arab star. Then, during the trial he expressed remorse and asked for the woman's forgiveness. He broke down in tears and admitted making a "serious mistake" but said he did not love the woman and felt "trapped" when she told him she was pregnant.
Cheb Mami blamed his former manager Michel Lecorre - also known as Michel Levy - saying he was behind the plot. "I was in a panic and I agreed," he said. "I did nothing to stop him." Michel Lecorre was sentenced to four years for plotting and organising the assault.
The court also issued arrest warrants for two of the singer's aides, Hicham Lazaar and Abdelkader Lallali. They were convicted in absentia of involvement in the case and were sentenced to three and six years in jail respectively.
In 2011, an Ohio man pleaded guilty to attempted murder after he was charged for attempting to force his pregnant girlfriend to abort their child at gunpoint. Dominic Holt-Reid, 28, now faces up to 20 years in prison and a $40,000 fine. He also pleaded guilty to kidnapping and carrying a concealed weapon.
Holt-Reid's girlfriend, Yolanda Burgess, had decided not to go through with a scheduled abortion in October when Holt-Reid took out a .45 caliber handgun and said she had no choice. Police said he then forced Burgess, who was three-months pregnant at the time, to drive to an abortion facility, where staff called police after Burgess passed them a note explaining the situation.
At first Holt-Reid only faced charges of kidnapping and unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon, but a Franklin County grand jury expanded the indictment to include a charge of "attempted murder" against the unborn child.
The child has been born and is doing well. The pair also have a four-year-old son.
Source: Lifesite News
The investigation into the filthy, but highly profitable, abortion clinic ran by Dr Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia found that forced and coerced abortions were part of the practice. Underage girls were amongst those who were drugged before inducing labour and killing the baby. One woman, Davida Johnson, said she decided to keep the baby at the last minute - but medics in Gosnell's clinic hit her and continued with the abortion.
Ms Johnson, who was also infected with a venereal disease in the clinic, said the clinic was full of dazed women sitting in dirty, bloodstained recliners when she went to undergo the procedure in 2001. She explained to the Associated Press: "I said, 'I don't want to do this,' and he smacked me. They tied my hands and arms down and gave me more medication."
Davida Johnson says she was forcibly aborted at Gosnell's clinic and that she contracted an STD there
Daily Mail, Associated Press, 24 January 2011, & others
A former patient of abortionist George R. Tiller gave jaw-dropping testimony before a joint interim legislative committee on 7 September 2007 , telling the detailed story of her late-term abortion experience that obviously violated the Kansas ban on such abortions at nearly every turn.
The woman, Michelle Armesto Berge, appeared with her attorney, and told the committee of her abortion that took place at Tiller's Women's Health Care Services in May, 2003, while she was 18 and about to graduate from High School. Michelle related how her parents were upset to discover that she was pregnant and immediately began to pressure her into an abortion that she didn't want at 26 weeks into her pregnancy. Michelle's boyfriend opposed the abortion and had planned with Michelle to marry and raise their child together.
Michelle's mother discovered George R. Tiller on the Internet and arranged for Michelle to have an abortion there the following Tuesday. After several days of nearly constant pressure and coercion, and fearing the loss of her family's love, Michelle relented to their demands.
Michelle Armesto Berge, standing with her attorney, giving testimony of her forced late-term abortion
According to the Los Angeles County Distinct Attorney's Office, two men are scheduled to be arraigned on November 18th 2011 on murder charges in the deaths of 27 year old Crystal Taylor and her unborn baby. They will be charged with two counts of murder. Derek Smyer, 31, is accused of hiring a hit man (Skyler Jefferson Moore) to shoot Taylor after she refused to abort her sixteen week old unborn baby. Symer was the father of the child.
It was reported in early January 2012 that a Texas court has extended a temporary restraining order to prevent a 14-year-old girl from undergoing a forced abortion for at least two more weeks. Another court granted the motion in late December, after the girl's lawyers say her parents physically assaulted the teenager in an effort to compel her to abort her unborn child. Her legal counsel sought to have the order extended until the baby's birth. Instead, on January 4, Judge Missy Medary of the 347th District Court appointed a guardian ad litem, a counselor who will advise the court what he deems to be in the girl's best interests at a hearing on January 19. The judge will make a final determination at that time.
On November 3, 2006, Michelle Young was found beaten and strangled to death in her home. She was 29. Suspicion quickly fell upon Jason, her husband, but his first trial ended in a hung jury. It was reported in February 2012 that he was being tried again at a courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Why aren't the pro-abortionists speaking up about these abuses of "women's rights" and "choice"?
For more true stories see: http://stopforcedabortions.com/docs/ForcedAbortions.pdf
[i] VM Rue et. al., "Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women," Medical Science Monitor 10(10): SR5-16 (2004).
[ii] Daniel Callahan, "An Ethical Challenge to Prochoice Advocates," Commonweal, Nov. 23, 1990, 681-687, 684.
[iii] Mary K. Zimmerman, Passage Through Abortion (New York, Prager Publishers, 1977).
[iv] Carol Everett with Jack Shaw. Blood Money (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books, 1992). See also Pamela Zekman and Pamela Warwick, "The Abortion Profiteers," Chicago Sun Times special reprint, Dec. 3, 1978 (originally published Nov. 12, 1978), p. 2-3, 33.
[v] Ibid: VM Rue (2004).
[vi] Brian McQuarrie, "Guard, clinic at odds at abortion hearing," Boston Globe, April 16, 1999.
[vii] Julie A. Gazmararian et al., "The Relationship Between Pregnancy Intendedness and Physical Violence in Mothers of Newborns," Obstetrics & Gynecology, 85 :1031 (1995); Hortensia Amaro et al., "Violence During Pregnancy and Substance Abuse," American Journal of Public Health, 80: 575 (1990); and J. McFarlane et al., "Abuse During Pregnancy and Femicide: Urgent Implications for Women's Health," Obstetrics & Gynecology, 100: 27, 27-36 (2002).
[viii] I.L. Horton and D. Cheng, "Enhanced Surveillance for Pregnancy-Associated Mortality-Maryland, 1993-1998," JAMA 285(11): 1455-1459 (2001); see also J. Mcfarlane et. al., "Abuse During Pregnancy and Femicide: Urgent Implications for Women's Health," Obstetrics & Gynecology 100: 27-36 (2002).