Forced and Coercive Abortions an "Epidemic" for U.S. Women (7/04)

Forced Abortion in America http://www.theunchoice.com/pdf/FactSheet/ForcedAbortionReportAdvanced.pdf (updated April 2010)   According to a special report issued by an organization that studies the impact of abortion on the lives of women: “The epidemic of coerced, unwanted abortions is rarely reported. Yet every week, thousands of girls and women face threats and abuse from people who want them to abort without regard for their own feelings or desires,” the Elliot Institute said in a written statement promoting its 21-page report entitled, “Forced Abortion in America”…   While the abortion lobby refers to abortion as a “woman’s choice,” in many instances, women feel as if they have no choice but to abort. The Elliot Institute cites some alarming cases. In some of these instances, parents coerced their daughters into aborting. In one incident, a young woman was pushed into an abortion facility at gunpoint by her mother. In another case, three sisters raped repeatedly by their father were forced into abortions for nearly a decade. The girls were reportedly required to undergo a total of ten abortions by their sexually abusive father. In other cases, women are coerced by their husbands or boyfriends. One husband jumped on a woman’s stomach to force an abortion. In another, a girlfriend was injected with an abortifacient outside a parking garage. According to the special report, pregnant women are sometimes denied shelter or are threatened with loss of income in order to be blackmailed into aborting. A homeless woman, for instance, was denied a place to live until she underwent an unwanted abortion, while a basketball coach was fired from her job after refusing to have an...