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Remembering the Victims Killed for Refusing to Abort

Forced Abortion in America
http://www.theunchoice.com/pdf/FactSheet/ForcedAbortionReportAdvanced.pdf
 
 
 
REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS: WOMEN AND GIRLS KILLED FOR REFUSING TO ABORT
 
 Following is just a partial list of women and girls who have been murdered because they refused to undergo abortions.
 
We remember all pregnant victims of violence and their unborn children as we continue to work for a society where all life is respected.
 
 TAMMY LYNN BAKER — Killed by a pipe bomb set off by her boyfriend because he didn't want to pay child support. Her eight-month-old unborn baby also died.
 
 CASSANDRA BETTS — Shot to death in front of her seven- year-old daughter in Dec. 2000 by her boyfriend after she refused to abort. Her unborn baby also died.
 
 STEPHANIE NICOLE BURNETT, 16  — Killed by her 16-year-old boyfriend because he didn't want her to have a baby. An autopsy showed she was not pregnant.
 
TANIKA RACHELLE FOX, 17 — Killed by her 21-year-old boyfriend because she refused to have an abortion and he didn't want to pay child support. Her unborn baby also died.
 
CHERICA ADAMS, 24 — Killed in Nov. 1999 for refusing to abort. Her unborn son survived. Her boyfriend was convicted for plotting her death.
 
 SONYA HAYES — Killed with her unborn baby by her boyfriend. At trial, witnesses testified that her boyfriend wanted her to have an abortion and that he threatened to kill the baby.
 
 SHAKEISHA LLOYD — Ten years old, she was shot to death along with two elderly relatives in 1991 by the man who had been sexually abusing her after he tried to convince her to abort. Her 17-week-old unborn baby also died.
 
 

      

 

DEANA MITTS — Killed on New Year's Day 1999 by a pipe bomb set off by her ex-boyfriend for refusing to abort. Her unborn baby and seven-year-old daughter also died.

 
 DEBORAH MOODY — Killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1997 for refusing to abort. Her unborn baby also died.
 
 LORENA RIVERA, 21 — Killed by her boyfriend in 1997 for refusing to abort. Her unborn baby also died.
 
 DAPHNE SULK, 15 — Killed by a 38-year-old man who had been sexually exploiting her, because she refused to abort. Her unborn baby also died.
 
 JENNIFER PECK — Killed by her husband for refusing to abort. Her four-month old unborn baby also died.
[THE ELLIOT INSTITUTE NEWS Vol.2, No. 3 — April 8, 2004, http://www.AfterAbortion.Info]
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[THE ELLIOT INSTITUTE NEWS Vol.2, No. 3 — April 8, 2004, http://www.AfterAbortion.Info]
 
ELLIOT INSTITUTE APPLAUDS UNBORN VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE ACT
 President Bush signed a bill on April 1 that provides additional legal protection for pregnant mothers and their unborn children. The federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act will allow prosecutors to bring criminal charges when an unborn child is killed or injured as a result of a violent act against the mother.
 
 The act covers federal cases, including kidnapping, terrorist bombings, and crimes committed on federal property. The families of several pregnant women who had been murdered — including the mother and stepfather of Laci Peterson — surrounded Bush as he signed the bill into law.
 
 Studies of death rates among pregnant women in three different parts of the country — Maryland, New York state, and Cook County, Illinois — have found that homicide was the leading killer of pregnant women.
 
In the Maryland study, published in 2001 in the prestigious "Journal of the American Medical Association," homicide was the cause of death for 20 percent of pregnant women while murder accounted for only 6.4 percent of deaths among non-pregnant women.
 
 "Women are literally being killed for refusing to abort," said David Reardon, Ph.D., Elliot Institute director, and the author of numerous books and journal articles on abortion complications. He said that between thirty and sixty percent of all abortions are performed to satisfy the demands of others.  "Coercion is far more common than most people realize, and sometimes the coercion can escalate to violence and even murder," he said.
 
 Currently 29 states also have laws protecting unborn victims of violence, although at different stages of pregnancy. The California Supreme Court recently upheld the state's unborn victims' act, which is being used to prosecute Scott Peterson for the murder of the couple's unborn son, Conner.
 
 However, attempts to pass a similar bill in Nebraska have been stalled by pro-abortion state Senator Ernie Chambers, who has filed 21 different amendments to the bill in what pro-life advocates say is an attempt to kill the legislation.
 
The amendments include one that seeks to replace the phrase "unborn child" in the bill with the phrase "laddy or lassie," and another says  that any prosecutor who files unborn victims charges "shall be taken into custody . . . for the purpose of having such prosecutor's head examined by a licensed psychiatrist."
 
 "Senator Chambers' attempts to trivialize these acts of violence is appalling, especially in light of the fact that a pregnant 17-year-old girl, Michelle Harlan, was murdered in his state last year during her eighth month of pregnancy," Reardon said.
 
"He has a right to oppose the bill, but these frivolous amendments cast ridicule on the deaths of Michelle, her child, and are an insult to all pregnant women who are victims of violence, their unborn children, and their families."
[THE ELLIOT INSTITUTE NEWS Vol.2, No. 3 — April 8, 2004, http://www.AfterAbortion.Info]