Rape counselor Sandra Mahkorn on abortion and rape

Sandra Mahkorn, M.D., former rape counsellor conducted a study on pregnant rape victims. She says:

“The central issue then, should not be whether we can abort all pregnant sexual assault victims, but rather an exploration of the things we can change in ourselves, and through community education, to support such women through their pregnancies. The “abortion is the best solution” approach can only serve to encourage the belief that sexual assault is something for which the victim must bear the shame…a sin to be carefully concealed.”

In the study, Mahkorn found that 70% of rape victims carried their pregnancies to term.

Sandra Mahkorn, M.D., “Pregnancy and Sexual Assault,” The Psychological Aspects of Abortion, (Washington, D.C.: University Publications of America, 1979). 66, 68,

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