Woman coerced into unwanted abortion

Brittany Weston of South Dakota was a woman coerced into abortion by her boyfriend:

“I was very emotionally dependent on Joe and I thought I needed his approval. Whatever consent, if any, was given at all, it was under pressure, against what I wanted, and it was not informed in any meaningful way. I suspect it must be hard for others to understand this phenomenon about how I was pressured into going to Planned Parenthood’s clinic against my desires, because I struggle to understand it myself. But my experience should be understood, not dismissed, because I am now certain it is a common experience for women. I now understand that it is common for women to have abortions they don’t want, especially when the father of their child wants it for himself.”

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

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A baby like this one was lost. Most abortions happen around this time

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Women abort because of “feeling” baby will be abnormal

11 weeks

11 weeks

One woman who interviewed postabortion women for her book said:

“I have come across women who had a feeling that the baby was going to be abnormal, and so chose abortion. They had no evidence – it was too early to carry out any tests – it was just a feeling.”

Mary Kenny Abortion: The Whole Story (London: Quartet Books, 1986) 59

These women sacrificed their childrens’ lives to a hunch.

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Pro-Choicer compares preborn baby to thumbnail

Lori, 21, on abortion:

“The decision is up to her. It’s a matter of her body. And it’s like a thumbnail or a tumor. But I see the issue as being pretty much it’s her control over her body.”

Judith G. Smetana Concepts of Self and Morality: Women’s Reasoning about Abortion (New York: Praeger Special Studies, 1982) 44

10 week old human being

10 week old human being

Does this look like a picture of a thumbnail?

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David Ferguson does 25 Year Study

Pro-life doctor Marissa Ogle, M.D wrote about an abortion study that pro-abortion people tried to repress,by Dr. David Ferguson:

“A reputable research scientist attempted to publish results of a well-designed study that concluded, to his surprise, that abortion has a negative impact on the psychological well-being of women. This study by Dr. David Ferguson, a New Zealand pro-choice researcher who was attempting to disprove abortion’s psychological effect on women, found that 42% of women who have had abortions had experienced major depression within the prior 4 years – almost double the rate of women who never became pregnant. The study also indicates that women who have had abortions are twice as likely to drink alcohol at dangerous levels and 3 times as likely to be addicted to illegal substances. The study also found that the risk of anxiety disorders was doubled.

Dr. Ferguson’s study was well-designed, spanning the course of 25 years… The study was undertaken with the position of validating the viewpoint that abortion did not increase mental health problems, but to confirm that these problems were preexisting. Much to the surprise of the researching team, the exact opposite was true. When Dr. Ferguson’s results were presented to New Zealand’s abortion supervisory committee, which ensures that abortions in the country are conducted in accordance with legal requirements, Dr. Ferguson was discouraged from publishing the results. Fortunately, despite his political beliefs, Dr. Ferguson felt that this would be “scientific irresponsibility.” Ferguson himself stated that he remains pro-choice and is not a religious person. The findings were surprising to him, however in his opinions were very robust. He went on to say that abortion is a traumatic event, involving loss and grief that may, in fact, predispose women to mental illness.

The doctor found:

“The fact is that abortions are the most common medical procedure that young women face – by the age of 25, one in 7 have had an abortion – and the research into the costs and benefits have been very weak. This is because the debate between the pro-life and the pro-choice has, in a sense, driven the science out. It verges on scandalous that a surgical procedure that is performed on over one in 10 women has been so poorly researched and evaluated, given the debates about the psychological consequences of abortion.”

Quote is from Ruth Hill “Abortion researcher confounded by study” The New Zealand Herald January 5, 2006

The pro-life author says:

Ferguson then went on to experience a great challenge in finding a journal that would publish the study, very unusual for a research team who typically has research published with the first attempt. A subsequent study by Ferguson reiterated his findings.”

Marissa Ogle, M.D. Still Healing:(2016)  13 – 14

The studies are:

David Ferguson, M., L. John Horwood, Elizabeth M Ritter “Abortion in young women and subsequent mental health” Journal of Psychology and Psychiatry 47.9 (2013): 819 – 27

David Ferguson, LJ Horwood, JM Bowden “Does abortion reduce the mental health risks of unintended pregnancy? A reappraisal of the evidence” Aust N Z Journal of Psychiatry 47.1 (2006): 16 – 24

Read more about abortion’s mental health risks

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Sidewalk counselor tells of distraught father

A sidewalk counselor at an abortion clinic told this story:

I wish I had a more uplifting story from the sidewalk to share today but this is what is on my mind and I wanted to write about it. Yesterday I was praying outside Planned Parenthood with about 5 other prayer volunteers. I saw a man walk outside and I motioned for him to come over and talk to me. He walked up and I offered him some reading material with local options and resources.

I introduced myself and asked him if he would mind sharing with me why he was there. I’ll call him “R”. He said that his girlfriend was inside to talk about her positive pregnancy test and get counseling. I asked him how he felt about her being pregnant and he said “Well, I’d like it but they told her that this is her choice and no one else’s to make so she’ll have to decide for herself.” It sounded like she had already been there once this week for a pregnancy test and a sonogram only to identify how far along she was and this may be the day she scheduled an abortion. Her boyfriend wasn’t sure but he made a circle around the word “Abortion” with his finger and said she may be here for this. I noticed that the thought of word was too difficult for him speak.

I asked him how he felt about not having a say in the matter and he said “The people at Planned Parenthood told her that the decision wasn’t up to me.” I told him that I disagreed and shared that the baby in her womb was made up of half of his DNA and if he hoped to be married to her one day (as he said he did); this might be a pivotal point in their relationship where he could show her that he is serious about her, will support her, and that he wanted her to keep the baby. The look on his face was of utter helplessness and I’m sure he had a thousand thoughts running through his head. It’s hard in a matter of minutes to teach a man to be bold and walk in the clinic and say something like “No, lets not do this today, this decision is permanent and forever. I love you and want the best for us. Let’s talk about this some more.”

I asked him if he had a particular faith and he said he was Catholic. I pointed to some of our Catholic volunteers on the sidewalk who were holding rosaries and hoped that this would build common ground. I shared a bible verse that I had memorized and tried to get him to see that the Lord knew of this baby’s life at the moment of conception and if we rely on Christ, He will help us even in situations like this.

We talked about a few other things including his degree from a California State University, the two jobs he works at and their closest Pregnancy Resource Center. He also gave me his phone number so that I could check on them. I asked him if he would mind if I prayed with him. I took his hand and prayed that the Lord would intervene, bless their situation and help them to see that choosing life for the baby inside her womb would be a decision that they could handle. He walked away with the flyers I gave him in hand.

I don’t know how much time went by but “R” and his girlfriend drove up near us and proceeded to merge onto the main road. After all of the years of praying and counseling on the sidewalk I know the look of someone who has just had an abortion. They have a solemn and quite look about them. They don’t look proud or empowered. They look empty. I saw “R’s” girlfriend slouching in the passenger seat of his car and by the look on her face, I hoped my presumption of her having an abortion was wrong.

A few hours later I texted “R” and asked him if there was anything I could do to help their situation. He confirmed that she did indeed have an abortion. She had the surgical procedure done and they were at the park “breathing and talking”. He texted and said “I’m sorry. Thank you for your prayers.” I responded with some resources that would be helpful if needed in the future and finally; “I wish there was more I could have done.”

This isn’t uncommon. “R” was the father of the baby in his girlfriend’s womb but both he and his girlfriend were sold on the idea that he had no say in the matter. That baby is now dead. His girlfriend’s womb is now empty. This is what they call “choice”.

Sidewalk counseling story posted to facebook by Nicola Morrison, April 7, 2017

Read testimonies of the toll abortion takes on men 

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This man lost his preborn son or daugter

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Parents try to coerce teens into late abortions

From Mary Kenny, who did a great deal of research on abortion for her book:

“Sometimes a younger woman will be pressed into a late abortion by her parents – in this case it is the parents who are panicking – and in abortion clinics it is common to see young girls accompanied by their mothers, who have frog-marched their daughters there. This is, it seems to many experienced observers, a very unwise course for a parent to take. Parents (or anyone else) should never force a girl into an abortion; it builds up problems for the future, and quite often invites a repeat pregnancy.”

Mary Kenny Abortion: The Whole Story (London: Quartet Books, 1986) 52

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I remember the recovery room says doctor

A doctor talks about being in the recovery room after her abortion. This is what many women remember:

“… I remember being in another, larger room, in a row of stretchers with other women. There was a nurse at my bedside who was slapping my face and demanding that I wake up. As soon as I was coherent, I was ushered to another room, where I was given a prescription for antibiotics and a list of precautions, and discharged.”

Marissa Ogle, M.D. Still Healing:(2016) 26

After her abortion, the abortion clinic sent her home to cope with the violation and loss of her child. She later came to regret the abortion deeply.

Read stories from women about their abortions

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sonogram of 8 week old preborn baby. A baby like this one dies in every abortion

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We never used the word “abortion”

We never used the word abortionThe grandmother of an aborted baby was quoted saying “We never used the word abortion” when discussing what to do about her daughter’s pregnancy:

“We didn’t talk about, “if not an abortion, what then?” We never used the word “abortion.” We never discussed options. But, again, we seemed to share the same delusion about Sheri’s pregnancy. She was just pregnant. Not once ever did we talk about or even acknowledge that she was having a baby.…

Not once, not ever, did I say to my daughter that we should wait a little while. I didn’t tell her we should think about this a little more. I didn’t say to her that there might be other options. I was so overwhelmed myself that my oldest, most sensible daughter had gotten pregnant. I was in such denial that this could never even happened to Sheri that rational reasoning wasn’t possible.”

Teri Stanton Two Minus One: Our Abortion Story (Meadville, PA: Christian faith Publishing, Inc., 2016)  43 – 44

If you are considering abortion, please don’t rush into the decision. Both Teri and her daughter went on to deeply regret the abortion.

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Molecular biologist on human beings and human life

Declaration by Dr. David Fu-Chi Mark, a distinguished molecular biologist:

A human being at an embryonic age and that human being at an adult age are naturally the same. The biological differences are due only to the differences in maturity. Changes in methylation of cytosine demonstrate that the human being is fully programmed for human growth and development for his or her entire life at the one cell stage. 

Report of the South Dakota Task Force to Study Abortion, pp.21-25. quoted in United Families International Guide to Family Issues: Abortion (Gilbert, Arizona: United Families International, 2007) 24

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Even this young, an embryo is a human being

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Woman conceived in rape speaks

Jennifer Bowman, who was conceived in rape, says:

“They see us as someone to be pitied. They think we will be deformed, that we will be failures in life, that we have evil genes, and that we are just waiting to wreak havoc on our birth mothers who are trying to get on with life…. I don’t want people who are not in my circumstances making decisions for me. It’s my right to decide whether to be alive or not. I wish people would stop equating us to the act that brought us here….I felt that I was alone, that I was strange in some way. I wanted to have this website so people would have a place to go.”

Finding comfort in numbers, Bowman established a website for people conceived through rape. “Forgotten Victims of Rape.” J. Bowman with A. LeBlanc. The Forgotten Victims of Rape. Rochester Area Right to Life Committee, Inc. quoted in United Families International Guide to Family Issues: Abortion (Gilbert, Arizona: United Families International, 2007)

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