Sexual Assault Victims Regret Abortion & Seek More Public Hearings (2006)

 MOST WOMEN PREGNANT FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT DON'T WANT ABORTIONS, SAY ABORTION INCREASES TRAUMA: SURVEY, BOOK FIND MOST PRESSURED BY OTHERS TO ABORT, NEARLY 80 PERCENT REPORT REGRETS According to a recent poll taken by FoxNews.com, many Americans oppose banning abortion in cases of rape and incest. However, Elliot Institute director Dr. David Reardon says most women who become pregnant through rape or incest do not want abortions. Instead, most report feeling coerced into abortion and that abortion only increased their grief and trauma. Reardon, co-editor of the book Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions, and Children Resulting from Sexual Assault, says that such exceptions are often seen as compassionate responses to women who would otherwise have no choice but to continue with the pregnancy. "Typically, both sides of the abortion debate have accepted the premise that women who become pregnant as a result of sexual assault want abortions," Reardon said. "It is thought that this will help them put the assault behind them, recover more quickly, and avoid the additional trauma of giving birth to a child conceived in a violent attack. Those who oppose such exceptions are often seen as insensitive and unconcerned about the welfare of women." However, Reardon says, research carried out for Victims and Victors suggests otherwise. In a survey of 192 women who became pregnant through rape or incest, nearly 80 percent said that they regretted their abortions, while none of the women who carried to term said that they wished they had not done so or that they had chosen abortion instead. "Many of the women in the survey also...