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Coerced Abortions = Domestic Violence

Forced Abortion in America
http://www.theunchoice.com/pdf/FactSheet/ForcedAbortionReportAdvanced.pdf
(updated April 2010)
 

COERCED ABORTIONS: TALKING POINTS
Coerced Abortions = Domestic Violence

A major poll of women's concerns, commissioned in 2003 by the pro-abortion Center for the Advancement of Women (CAW), found that fewer than one-third of Americans (30 percent) believe abortion should be generally available.

A major poll of women's concerns, commissioned in 2003 by the pro-abortion Center for the Advancement of Women (CAW), found that fewer than one-third of Americans (30 percent) believe abortion should be generally available.

Fifty-one percent had a strongly restrictive opinion, with 17 percent favoring a total ban on abortion and 34 percent saying it should be allowed only in cases of rape or incest or to prevent the death of the mother.
CAW president Faye Wattleton, former president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, admitted that the poll confirms a steady decline of support for abortion among women.
Indeed, the poll found that keeping abortion legal was the next to last most important priority for women.
 
Preventing domestic violence was the most commonly supported concern (92 percent), followed by equal pay for equal work (90 percent). By contrast, only 41 percent gave any priority to the goal of "preserving abortion rights." Having more time off work to care for family (74 percent); reducing drug and alcohol addiction (72 percent); and increasing women's study of math, science, and technology (66 percent) all garnered much more support than abortion.
 

The CAW poll shows that American women are far more concerned about stopping domestic violence than they are with promoting abortion. Therefore, linking coerced abortions to domestic violence addresses the highest rated "women's issue," according to the CAW survey.

Coerced Abortions = Domestic Violence

Abused women will instantly recognize this link, and non-abused women will instantly recognize that this link is credible.

Coerced Abortions = Domestic Violence

Abused women will instantly recognize this link, and non-abused women will instantly recognize that this link is credible.

Research has shown that when an abusive male partner is unwilling to accept or tolerate the birth of a child, the woman may become the victim of verbal or physical abuse aimed at compelling her to submit to an unwanted abortion.

According to one study of battered women, the target of battery during their pregnancies shifted from their face and breasts to their pregnant abdomens, which suggests hostility toward the women's fertility.
 
Studies further show that the leading cause of death during pregnancy is homicide.
In one study of violent deaths among pregnant women, three out of every four were killed during their first 20 weeks of pregnancy. 
Women are literally being killed for refusing to abort. 
(For more information on this issue, including documentation on cases of violence against women who refused to abort, see the Elliot Institute's special report, "Forced Abortion in America," at http://www.afterabortion.info/news/vaultlist.htm)
The biggest factor leading women to have abortions is lack of support from their male partners.
Withheld support, encouragement to abort, demands for abortion, threats, and violence are all methods on a spectrum of ways in which men pressure women to abort unborn children — children that women are willing to welcome but whom their male partners reject.

Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of unwanted abortions.
It is most certainly true and rings true with the victims of domestic violence and with women in general.

 
UNWANTED ABORTIONS
The phrase "unwanted abortions" [and the] goal of stopping "unwanted, unnecessary, and unsafe abortions" is hard to dismiss. Even while this issue has been off the radar screen, the public is already inclined to believe that coerced abortions are a common occurrence.
The phrase "unwanted abortions" even resonates with many women who freely consented to their ab

ortions, yet deeply believe that it was a negative, unwanted experience.

Moreover, by repeatedly using these words, it helps to embed the phrase "unwanted abortions" into the national lexicon, which in turn reinforces the public's perception that abortion is an "unwanted" thing.
Further, since unwanted abortions are so common, expressing an understanding of why women abort — even against their consciences and maternal desires —  strongly connects with those post-abortive women who fit that profile.
They [appreciate the effort] for caring, for understanding, for taking their side, and for working to spare other women what they have been through.
[Excerpted from "Reversing the Gender Gap: Touch the Hearts, Earn the Trust, Win the Votes of 30 Million Post-Abortive Women,"        www.afterabortion.info/news/gap.htm]

 

Minnesota. Dino S, 20, accused of severly punching and kicking his 18-yeqr-old pregnant girlfriend which caused her 12-week-old unborn child to be miscarried. He faces up to 45 years in prison due to the murder charge and the charge of third-degree assault.
In 1986, Minnesota passed one of the nation's first fetal homicide laws.
[Pro-Life Action News, 2/07]