Counselor: parents force teens to have abortions

JoAnne Crough, professional counselor at Meier Clinics office in Pittsburgh, discusses coerced abortion::

“This happens more often than you might think. In most cases it’s the teen or woman’s parents who suggest this way of dealing with the pregnancy. They make it clear that an abortion will “solve everything.” They typically keep the entire process as secretive as possible. The young woman in this situation is extremely vulnerable to being coerced to make the others in her life happy. She has upset those closest to her with the news of her pregnancy. She feels confusion, shame, and fear. She becomes isolated from other forms of support. Combined, these put tremendous pressure on her to comply.”

Sharon Serratore “Coerced into Unwanted Abortions” The American Feminist Fall/Winter 2016

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. and is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.
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