When Abortion Isn’t “Chosen”

Even though abortion is marketed as a woman’s choice, studies and surveys indicate that a large number of women are coerced…

Even though abortion is marketed as a woman’s choice, studies and surveys indicate that a large number of women are coerced or deceived into having abortions. Coercion comes in many forms. It can come from parents, husbands, boyfriends or others. It can come from circumstances.

Often, women in abortion clinics are denied access to the true facts surrounding abortion. Information on fetal development is denied to them. The physical and psychological risks of abortion are glossed over. Alternatives are not discussed, or are presented as being terrible. Many women are not allowed to make an informed choice.

Intimidation, coercion, and threats often compel women to choose abortions that they would never have contemplated had the situation been different.

An Overview: Forced Abortion in America

Most involve coercion, which can become violent, even deadly.

The Un-Choice:

— 64% involve coercion.(1)
— Pressure can become violent.(2)
— 67% not counseled.(1)
— 65% suffer trauma.(1)
— Suicide 6-7 times higher.(3)

Forced Non-Choice … .I’ll blow her brains out..

Intense pressure to abort can come from husbands, parents, doctors, partners, counselors, or close friends and family. They may threaten or blackmail a woman into abortion. These are not idle threats. Coercion can escalate to violence. Women who resist abortion have been beaten, tortured and killed. One husband jumped on his wife’s stomach to force an abortion. A mother forced her daughter at gunpoint to go to the abortion clinic. A woman was forcibly injected by the baby’s father with an abortifacient drug.(2)

Unwanted Non-Choice … Their Choice, Not Hers.

Reasons women give for having abortions:

— Forced by mother
— Father opposed
— Husband or boyfriend persuaded me
— No other option given
— Would have been kicked out
— Loss of family’s support
— Lack of support from society
— Clinic persuaded me

In 95% of all cases, the male partner played a central role in the decision.(5)

45% of men interviewed at abortion clinics recalled urging abortion, including 37% of married men.(6)

In the above study, men justified being the primary decision maker, regarding the abortion.(6)

64% of women who aborted felt pressured by others.(1)

Coerced Choice … Taken to the Clinic to Make Sure She Keeps the Appointment

A former abortion clinic security guard testified before the Massachusetts legislature that women were routinely threatened and abused by the boyfriends or husbands who took them to the clinics to make sure they underwent their scheduled abortions.(7) Many women are also pressured by clinic staff financially rewarded for selling abortions.(8)

Note: See Abortion Counseling Section

Forced Choice … Threats Can Escalate to Violence or Murder -the Leading Killer of Pregnant Women

The pressure can escalate. Many pregnant women have been killed by partners trying to prevent the birth, and being pregnant places women at higher risk of being attacked.(9) Murder is the leading cause of death among pregnant women.(10)

92% of women surveyed list domestic violence and assault as the women’s issue that is of highest concern to them.(11)

Uninformed Non-Choice … .When I learned the truth, I can’t tell you how betrayed I felt..

54% were unsure of their decision, yet 67% received no counseling beforehand.(1)

84% received inadequate counseling beforehand.(1) 79% were not told about alternatives.(1)

Many were misinformed by experts about fetal development, abortion alternatives or risks.(12)

Many were denied essential personal, family, societal or economic support.(12)

Unsafe Choice … American Voters Concerned About Coercion and Risks; Support Research and Screening.

Nearly half of voters believe coerced abortion is common. They will support candidates who advocate legislation holding abortionists liable for failing to screen for evidence of coercion.(13) Nearly 80% of abortions take place in non-hospital facilities, ill-equipped for emergency care.(14) Americans are kept in the dark about unwanted abortions, risks and risk factors.

The Aftermath. Women Pay a High Price.

Trauma.(1) Injury.(1) Grief. Death from All Causes.(17) 6-7 Times Higher Suicide.(3)

— 31% had health complications afterwards.(1)
— 65% suffer multiple symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.(1)
— 65% higher risk of clinical depression.(15)
— 10% have immediate complications, some are life-threatening.(16)
— 3.5x higher risk of death from all causes.(17)

The suicide rates are 6-7x higher if women abort vs. giving birth.(3)

Footnotes

1. VM Rue et. al., “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical Science Monitor 10(10): SR5-16 (2004).
2. See the special report, “Forced Abortion in America” at www.unchoice.info/resources.htm.
3. M Gissler et. al., “Pregnancy Associated Deaths in Finland 1987-1994 — definition problems and benefits of record linkage” Acta Obsetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica 76:651-657 (1997); and M. Gissler, “Injury deaths, suicides and homicides associated with pregnancy, Finland 1987-2000,” European J. Public Health 15(5):459-63 (2005).
4. Frederica Mathewes-Green, Real Choices (Ben Lomond, CA: Conciliar Press, 1997).
5. Mary K. Zimmerman, Passage Through Abortion (New York, Prager Publishers, 1977).
6. Arthur Shostak and Gary McLouth, Men and Abortion: Lessons, Losses, and Love (New York: Preager Publishers, 1984).
7. Brian McQuarrie, “Guard, clinic at odds at abortion hearing” Boston Globe, April 16, 1999.
8. Carol Everett with Jack Shaw, Blood Money (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books, 1992). See also Pamela Zekman and Pamela Warwick, “The Abortion Profiteers” Chicago Sun Times special reprint, Dec. 3, 1978 (originally published Nov. 12, 1978), p. 2-3, 33.
9. Julie A. Gazmararian et al., “The Relationship Between Pregnancy Intendedness and Physical Violence in Mothers of Newborns” Obstetrics & Gynecology, 85 :1031 (1995); Hortensia Amaro et al., “Violence During Pregnancy and Substance Use” American Journal of Public Health, 80: 575 (1990); and J. McFarlane et al., “Abuse During Pregnancy and Femicide: Urgent Implications for Women’s Health” Obstetrics & Gynecology, 100: 27, 27-36 (2002).
10. I.L. Horton and D. Cheng, “Enhanced Surveillance for Pregnancy-Associated Mortality-Maryland, 1993-1998” JAMA 285(11): 1455-1459(2001); see also J. Mcfarlane et. al., “Abuse During Pregnancy and Femicide: Urgent Implications for Women’s Health,” Obstetrics & Gynecology 100: 27-36 (2002).
11. “Is Your Mother’s Feminism Dead? New Agenda for Women Revealed in Landmark Two-Year Study” press release from the Center for the Advancement of Women (www.advancewomen.org), June 24, 2003; and Steve Ertelt, “Pro-Abortion Poll Shows Majority of Women Are Pro-Life” LifeNews.com (www.lifenews.com/nat13.html), June 25, 2003.
12. See Theresa Burke, Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2000) and www.unchoice.info.
13. “National Opinion Survey of 600 Adults Regarding Attitudes Toward a Pro-Woman/Pro-Life Agenda” proprietary poll commissioned by the Elliot Institute, conducted in Dec. 2002.
14. D. Reardon, Abortion Malpractice (Denton, TX: Life Dynamics, 1993)
15. JR Cougle, DC Reardon & PK Coleman, “Depression Associated With Abortion and Childbirth: A Long-Term Analysis of the NLSY Cohort” Medical Science Monitor 9(4):CR105-112, 2003.
16. Frank, et.al., “Induced Abortion Operations and Their Early Sequelae,” Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners 35(73):175-180, April 1985; Grimes and Cates, “Abortion: Methods and Complications”, in Human Reproduction, 2nd ed., 796-813; M.A. Freedman, “Comparison of complication rates in first trimester abortions performed by physician assistants and physicians,” Am. J. Public Health 76(5):550-554, 1986).
17. DC Reardon et. al., “Deaths Associated With Pregnancy Outcome: A Record Linkage Study of Low Income Women” Southern Medical Journal 95(8):834-41, (2002).

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Abortion Whether You Want it or Not

“Don’t like abortion? Don’t have one.” If you don’t want an abortion, we’re assured, the legality of abortion will have no impact on you. Most women don’t realize the scary truth that you don’t have to want an abortion to get an abortion. Sometimes all you have to do is trust a pro-choice ob/gyn.

My own friend Laura very nearly became a victim of such an ob/gyn. She began spotting during her most recent pregnancy, and went to her doctor for an examination. He told her that she had begun to miscarry. Then he turned to his nurse and asked her to get a canula.

As a prolife activist, Laura associated “cannula” with “abortion,” so she asked the doctor what he was going to do. He explained that she had begun to miscarry, and that he was simply going to clean out her uterus to prevent infection. Laura refused, saying that if her fetus was going to die, she was going to allow nature to take its course. She would have nothing to do with the procedure he was proposing.

As it turned out, there was nothing at all wrong with Laura’s fetus, and she gave birth to a perfectly healthy little boy.

The incident shook her up, and she spoke of it to her friends. She learned that she was not the first pregnant patient whose spotting was diagnosed as a “miscarriage.” She was just the first we know of who refused the procedure.

None of the other women can ever know if they were indeed miscarrying, or if they’d been subjected to unwanted and unsolicited abortions of healthy, wanted pregnancies.

Laura’s experience underscores the importance of choosing only a prolife ob/gyn to treat your wanted pregnancy. Her experience was not unique. And her doctor was not the only ob/gyn to subject women to unwanted, unsolicited abortions.

Next, we’ll look at some of the cases that were uncovered during the research for Lime 5.

You don’t have to want an abortion to get one. All you have to do is trust your pregnancy care to an abortionist — or, as the prochoice like to say, “a doctor who performs the full range of obstetric and gynecological care.”

A patient I’ll call “Meghan” was an obstetric patient of Dr. Robert Walker in 1978. On March 9, according to a suit she later filed, Meghan was 23-24 weeks pregnant and experienced a gush of fluids. She consulted Walker, who hospitalized her and tested her for infection. On March 13, Meghan was still suffering leaking fluid, and visited Walker for an examination in his office. She told her that she had an infection “and that for her safety the pregnancy would have to be terminated.” Meghan entered the hospital as instructed, and submitted to what she thought was a procedure to induce early labor and deliver her baby prematurely. When the baby emerged, Meghan asked the nurse to do everything possible to save the baby’s life, and could not understand why nobody was caring for her child. The infant survived only six minutes due to extreme prematurity and lack of care. Meghan sued for lack of informed consent and failure to discuss alternatives. Walker testified that since Meghan had undergone a previous abortion, he assumed that she knew that “termination of pregnancy” meant an abortion and that she therefore consented to the death of her baby.
(Cite: 483 A.2d 718 (Me 1984)

Patient Patricia T. went to Dr. Ulrich Klopfer for routine obstetric care on January 29, 1981. According to the suit she later filed, Klopfer told Patricia that her 10-week fetus was dead. She consented to a suction procedure to remove what she believed was a dead fetus. Her uterus was punctured in two places during the procedure. Patricia hemorrhaged and went into shock. She was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. Doctors there had to remove her uterus, fallopian tube, and ovary. Patricia was hospitalized for a week. Only after her ordeal did she learn that the fetus had not been dead until Klopfer’s interference killed it.
(Source: Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 83L 1941)

An article in the April 19, 1984 Washington Post reports that prochoice icon Milan Vuitch was ordered to pay a $125,000 settlement to a 19-year-old patient who had gone to his Laurel Clinic for treatment and got an unwanted abortion performed on her instead.

I’ve covered other cases her in previous Features, telling the stories of women who were told their unborn babies were dead or dying, and tricked into unwanted abortions.

This is scary stuff. But even more scary is the fact that you don’t even have to know that you’re pregnant to be treated to an unsolicited abortion.

Roe vs. Wade has certainly made it easy to get an abortion. As these women discovered, you don’t even have to know that you’re pregnant.

A patient I’ll call “Alexis” was 17 years old when she went to Dr. Christopher Dotson to be treated for abdominal problems in December of 1979 On January 7, Dotson had Alexis admitted to Centinela Hospital for treatment of “Dermoid Cyst vs. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.” Dotson took Alexis into surgery for a D&C and exploratory laparotomy on January 9. According to the suit Alexis later filed, Dotson did not take a proper medical history and did not wait for the results of her pregnancy test before proceeding. During the procedure, Dotson discovered that Alexis was pregnant. He did not inform Alexis or consult with her, but simply noted “unwanted pregnancy” on her chart and aborted her fetus. The suit noted that “such a subjective description of plaintiff’s condition was not reflective of [Alexis’s] position but rather that of defendant Dotson. On Alexis’s behalf, her attorney noted, “At all times prior to the death of plaintiff’s unborn child, said unborn child was viable but for defendant’s professional negligence would have been born healthy and capable of providing the plaintiff with society, comfort, attention, and support.”
(Source: LA County Superior Court Case No. C404454)

A patient I’ll call “Willa” went to Dr. E. Babaoff at Sinai hospital in Michigan for a laparoscopy and tubal ligation to be performed under general anesthesia on August 29, 1979. According to the suit Willa later filed, Babaoff discovered that Willa might be pregnant while he was performing the procedure. Rather than halt the procedure, allow Willa to regain consciousness, and consult with her about her possible pregnancy, Babaoff simply performed a D&C and ordered a pathology report, which confirmed that Willa had been pregnant. Willa was not informed about this; she found out by accident in May of 1982 — nearly three years later — when she had requested copies of her medical records for other treatment.
(Source: Michigan Court of Appeals 149 Mich.App. 140)

A patient I’ll call “Sandra” was referred to a Dr. Jordan in Georgia to be treated for lower abdominal pain. Jordan ordered a laparoscopy, and performed a D&C in preparation. He discovered the remains of a fetus in the tissues he’d removed from Sandra’s uterus. Sandra had not known she was pregnant, and would not have consented to an abortion.
(Source: Georgia Court of Appeals Nos. 61414, 61415)

Patient Mary M. sought care from Dr. Stephen Weber on December 20, 1991. Weber performed a biopsy on Mary on January 6, 1992. The report that came back from the lab indicated that there was pregnancy tissue in the specimen. Weber had an assistant call Marcie on January 16, telling her to come in due to “a problem.” Weber ordered a pregnancy test without telling Marcie. The test showed elevated pregnancy hormone level, but Weber did not think the pregnancy was still viable. He did not order an ultrasound because, he said, “It was a $175 test I did not think was warranted. Weber had Marcie return to the office and told her that he had to remove “tissue that hadn’t passed.” Marcie, still unaware that she was pregnant, consented and underwent a vacuum aspiration procedure. Weber discarded the tissues obtained with the aspiration and sent Marcie home, telling her to return in four days. Marcie began to bleed heavily and went to an emergency room for care. The doctor in the emergency room commented to Marcie about the positive pregnancy test; it was then that Marcie discovered that the D&C she’d submitted to had actually been an unauthorized abortion. Marcie had previously undergone four operations to try to overcome infertility. Weber defended his decision not to inform Marcie of the pregnancy as “an act of compassion.” He reportedly told another doctor “There’s more liability with a damaged pregnancy than with an aborted one.”
(Source: Hartford Courant 5-24-92)

Yes, Roe certainly protects abortion — at the expense of women who don’t want abortions.

Written by Christina Dunigan

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Top 10 Reasons Abortion is the Un-Choice

A pattern of injustices dressed up as “choice”…

1. The rhetoric of choice hides the reality of coercion

2. Abortion is often someone else’s “choice.” 64% of American women who have had abortions felt pressured by others. (1)

3. Pressure is significant. Her “choices” may involve loss of home, family or essential support, or abuse that can escalate to violence. (2)  Homicide is the leading killer of pregnant women. (3)

4. Coercion can take many forms, including undisclosed, misleading or false information about fetal development and alternatives. (4)

5. Even though the majority felt rushed and uncertain, 67% received no counseling; 79% were not told about alternatives.(1)

6. Abortion is often a woman’s last choice, but her abuser’s first choice. (2) Teens face an especially high risk for coercsion.(5)

7. Many Americans who pushed family or friends to abort were also deceived – by experts, authorities or even pastors – about fetal development, alternatives, and risks.(4,6)

8. The overall death rate of women rises 3.5 times after an abortion.(7) Suicide rates are 6-7 times higher after an abortion.(8)

9. 65% report symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder they attribute to their abortions.(1)

10. “We were maiming at least one woman a month.” — Carol Everett, former abortion clinic operator

Learn more about abortion’s injustice and injury to women: www.unchoice.info

Footnotes

1. VM Rue et. al., “Induced Abortion and Traumatic Stress: A Preliminary Comparsison of American and Russian Women,” Medical Science Monitor 10(10): SR5-16, 2004
2. See the special report Forced Abortion in America at www.unfairchoice.info/coerced.htm
3. I.L. Horton and D. Cheng, “Enhanced Surveillance for Pregnancy-Associated Mortality- Maryland, 1993-1998,” JAMA 285(11): 1455-1459 (2001); J. Macfarlane et. al. “Abuse During Pregnancy and Femicide: Urgent Implications for Women’s Health,” Obstetrics & Gynecology 100: 27-36 (2002) 4. Melinda Tankard-Reist, Giving Sorrow Words (Springfield, IL.; Acorn Books, 2007)
5. Sobie & Reardon, “A Generation at Risk: How Pro-Abortionists Manipulate Vulnerable Teens,” The Post-Abortion Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, Jan-Mar. 2000
6. Carol Everett with Jack Shaw, Blood Money (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books, 1992) See also Pamela Zekman and Pamela Warwick, “The Abortion Profiteers” Chicago Sun Times Special Reprint, Dec. 3 (originally published Nov. 12, 1978) p. 2-3, 33.
7. M Gissler et. al. “Pregnancy Associated Deaths in Finland 1987-1994 – definition problems and benefits of record linkage,” Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavia 76:651-657, 1997. See also DC Reardon et. al. “Deaths Associated With Pregnancy Outcome: A Record Linkage Study of Low Income Women,” Southern Medical Journal 95(8):834-41, Aug. 2002
8. M. Gissler et. al., “Injury, deaths, suicides and homicides associated with pregnancy, Finland 1987-2000,” European J. Public Health 15(5):459-63, 2005; and M. Gissler et. al. “Methods for identifying pregnancy-associated deaths: population-based data from Finland 1987-2000,” Paediatric Perinatal Epidemiology 18(6): 44855, Nov. 2004
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Medics Forced to “Choose” Abortion

Four Washington, DC rookies in the Washington, DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department aborted their children for fear of losing their jobs after they were threatened with job termination if they became pregnant or took medical leave.

In July, 2001, Samanthia Robinson, interim assistant chief of operations for the Washington, DC fire department’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) told about eight female medical rookies that they could not become pregnant because they were on probation for a year and have no job benefits, according to the Kenneth Lyons, chairman of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3721, five department sources and union attorney Louis Malone.

Lyons said that “The female medics were told if they get pregnant the first year, they will be fired. … This is disgusting to me … that this could happen in this day and age, in an agency that vows first and foremost to do no harm. .. This unwritten policy is one that has existed over years. … female firefighters now are saying they were under the impression, given their orientation, that this was the policy. We even have some females saying they withheld from having children for the first five years of employment because they were told this.”

One of the rookies, who was pregnant at the time, expressed concern to Robinson when supervisors were giving out ambulance assignments, the sources said. Robinson then told her she should get an abortion if she wanted to keep her job, Lyons and the sources said. So the pregnant rookie got an abortion.

Just after assignments were made to in-field units, “one of the females approached the interim chief of EMS operations, Samanthia Robinson, and informed her that she was, indeed, pregnant and she wanted to start a family,” Lyons said. “According to the young lady, [Robinson told her] that she had a choice to make and that choice will depend on whether or not you maintain your employment with this agency. She then went out and had an abortion,” he said.

Robinson “basically strong-armed her into getting an abortion,” said a fire department source who has spoken to the rookie about the problem. “Those comments are blatantly illegal,” and violate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, said Malone, who represents AFGE Local 3721, whose members includes medics and emergency medical technicians in the department.

After having the abortion, the young lady requested time off to recuperate and was denied leave and forced back on duty, said Lyons. “She was forced to return to the street and started to hemorrhage,” he said.

The threat of job termination and Robinson’s suggestion so frightened the woman that she felt compelled to have an abortion even though she is a Roman Catholic, said sources, including one who has spoken to her about the problem. The woman got the abortion “directly as a result” of Robinson “telling her she couldn’t keep her job and be pregnant,” said a fire department source who has spoken to the woman about the situation.

The woman, 21, is trying to avoid publicity because she is still distraught, and the abortion has caused a rift with her family, several department sources said. “She is young, religious, scared and ashamed,” said one source. “She feels she has morally abused herself.”

Other department sources, including a medic who recently worked with her, echoed that characterization. “This poor girl. She’s a young girl, naive and would do anything to save her job,” said one medic who has worked with the woman. “She was given the impression that that’s what she had to do for her job, so she went out and did it.”

The woman has suffered medical problems since the abortion, according to Lyons, medics who have worked with the her and other department sources. Several department sources who have worked with the woman have described her as “distraught.”

Officials with the medic’s union have been collecting statements from the rookies who said they were threatened. Many have been hesitant to provide the written accounts because they fear retaliation, Lyons said. Lyons told The Washington Times that he raised the matter with Chief Few, and the chief later told him that Robinson denied making the statement. Malone confirmed that Lyons had brought the matter to Chief Few in the past several weeks, and that the chief issued a denial.

One source said the woman has been subject to harassment by supervisors as word of the incident has spread within the department.

Malone said at least 10 women in the department have called him in the past few weeks to recount other incidents where officials discriminated against them because of pregnancy. “When they heard about this, it has really triggered their consciousness,” he said.

Paul Strauss, shadow senator for the District, is Robinson’s lawyer. Strauss said Robinson was being “unfairly attacked,” and that the accusations against her may have been politically motivated.

A final report on the incidents by the Office of the District of Columbia Inspector General, substantiated the women’s claims and recommended “appropriate disciplinary action” be taken against Robinson. The Inspector General’s investigators interviewed the nine members of the class and “based on a preponderance of the evidence” concluded that Robinson “improperly advised EMT trainees that female EMTs could be terminated if they became pregnant during the first year of employment. … Robinson’s statements in this regard violated official District government policy prohibiting the termination of government women based solely on their pregnancy.”

Five of the nine members of the class specifically remembered Robinson telling trainees they could lose their jobs if they became pregnant. The other four class members remembered Robinson advising the new hires not to become pregnant during their probationary year because they could be fired for any reason.

Robinson denied advising the trainees they could be terminated for becoming pregnant, but the report says Robinson exhibited a “lack of candor” during her interview with investigators. It said her statements were “not credible in the face of consistent and contrary recollections of so many witnesses. Based on a preponderance of the evidence developed during the investigation, it is reasonable to conclude that Robinson improperly advised EMT trainees that female EMTs could be terminated if they became pregnant during the first year of employment.”

Fire department sources say Robinson was offered a choice between retirement and a demotion to a nonsupervisory field-medic position. She chose retirement. But Strauss said Robinson stands by her version of events and that she was not forced into retirement. Strauss did not rule out the possibility of filing a lawsuit on Robinson’s behalf, saying he will “advise her of her options.”

Some punishment! You can bet the bank that, if Robinson had been pro-life and tried to prevent an abortion-minded EMT from aborting her baby, she would have been thrown out of her job and probably jailed.

As a predictable aside, not a single pro-choice organization condemned these forced abortions and attempted forced abortions.

References: “Official Disciplined for Threatening Job Loss for Pregnancy: Government Employees Had Abortions Fearing They Would Lose Their Jobs.” LifeSite Daily News at http://www.lifesite.net, August 14, 2002; “EMS Supervisor Disciplined in Coercive Abortion Case.” Washington Times, August 14, 2002; Steve Ertelt’s Pro-Life Infonet at http://www.prolifeinfo.org, August 15, 2002; “Fearing Job Discrimination, DC Woman “Forced” to Have Abortion.” Washington Times, August 30, 2001; John Drake. “Union Backs 4 Women Who Claim Abortions Out of Fear.” The Washington Times, August 31, 2001; “More DC Medics Say They Were Forced to Have Abortions.” Washington Times, Cybercast News Service, August 31, 2001; Matthew Cella. “EMS Chief Who Coerced Medics Abortions Retires.” Washington Times, September 23, 2002; Steve Ertelt’s Pro-Life Infonet, September 25, 2002; Steven Ertelt’s Pro-Life Infonet, October 3, 2001; Ted Olsen. “Forcing Abortions: Mandated Abortions Happen in the U.S., Too.” Christianity Today Magazine, November 18, 2002 [Volume 46, Number 12], page 21.

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Abortion Was Forced, Says Teen in Lawsuit

Author: Womancare Services, Inc.

A Michigan woman who says that an abortionist held her down on the operating table and forcibly aborted her fetus after she changed her mind has filed a civil lawsuit seeking damages.

Caitlin Bruce, of Genesee County, was 18 years old and six weeks pregnant when she went to the Feminine Health Care Clinic in 2008 in Flint for an abortion. While getting an ultrasound, the clinic worker showed her the image and said, “This is your baby. This is the heart flicker,” Bruce then says she changed her mind.

She claims that Dr. Abraham Hodari did the procedure anyway, according to WJRT-TV. “He told his assistant, ‘Hold her down.’ They had my arm pinned,” Bruce told the TV station.

Tried to Scream, “Stop”

‘His weight was all on my chest and then he took his hand and he had it so tight on my mouth that it was muffled. I was trying to scream, “Stop!”

In court documents, the abortionist claims that he had started the procedure before she changed her mind. “The surgical instrument was inside her uterus and she was already bleeding when she verbalized any misgivings.”

The case, in which Bruce is claiming $25,000 in damages, is the latest one involving women who feel they have been coerced into having an abortion by others, whether they be boyfriends, parents, or overly-persuasive or forceful clinic workers. Since 1980, mental health providers have begun treating an increasing number of women who are suffering mental and emotional difficulties as a result of induced abortions, and the experience of feeling pressured into an abortion is common, according to the Elliot Institute.

No woman should be coerced into having an abortion. It is important for women to make a free choice. The best way to make a free choice is to make sure that you have complete, accurate information about abortion procedures and their short and long-term effects. It is also important to discuss your decision in a calm, unpressured atmosphere with an unbiased professional.

Women in Berwyn, Cicero, Stickney, N. Riverside, Forest Park, Maywood and other nearby suburbs in the western Chicago, IL area who need more information about abortion procedures and the short and long-term effects should call WomanCare Services.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/womens-health-articles/abortion-was-forced-says-teen-in-lawsuit-1569942.html

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Women in Berwyn, Oak Park, Stickney, LaGrange, Cicero, Westchester, and nearby towns who think they might be pregnant should call WomanCare Services in Berwyn, IL. WomanCare Services offers help to women facing unintended pregnancies in the near southwest Chicago area. Go to WomanCare Services. Or call 708-795-6000.

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Statistics on Coerced Abortions

Some alarming studies have shown that many abortions are coerced. Often, women are pressured into making hasty decisions. This adds to the danger abortion poses to their psychological well-being. Here are some statistics: 

Up to 64% of abortions involve coercion. A study published in a major international medical journal found that 64% of American women who had abortions felt pressured by others.(1) Coercion can include loss of home, job or family, and even violent assault.(2) 

Up to 83% wanted to have the baby. In a survey of women who sought help after abortion, 83% said they would have carried to term if they had received support from the baby’s father, their family, or other important people in their lives.(3) 

In 95% of cases, men play a central role in the decision to abort according to a survey of women at abortion clinics.(4) 

Husbands and boyfriends threaten women at the clinic. A former abortion clinic security guard testified before the Massachusetts legislature that women were routinely threatened and abused by the husbands and boyfriends who took them to the clinics to make sure they had abortions.(5) 
Dangerous consequences if she resists. Coercion can escalate to violence and even murder.(2) Homicide is the leading killer of pregnant women.(6) 

The “Forced Abortion in America” report includes examples of molesters posing as fathers to procure cover-up abortions and women being fired, beaten, shot, stabbed, tortured or killed for refusing to abort.(2) 

Not being given enough information 

** 67% said they received no counseling beforehand. 
** 84% reported they received inadequate counseling beforehand. 
** 54% were not sure about their decision at the time, yet ** 79% were not counseled about alternatives.(1) 

Many women may be making hasty, ill-considered decisions for abortion, according to journal articles by the National Abortion Federation. (7) One in five women served by their clinics are philosophically and morally opposed to abortion.(8) A recent study found that 52% needed more time to make their decision.(1) 

Deception and sales tactics. Many who sought answers and help, instead encountered pressure from “counselors” trained to sell abortions in profit-driven clinics.(9) In a survey of women experiencing problems after abortion: 

** 66% said counselor’s advice was very biased 
** 44% hoped to find an alternative 
** 60% were uncertain of their decision 
** 71% felt their questions were ignored or trivialized.(3) 

Health complications after abortion: 

** 31% suffered health complications.(1) 
** About 10% suffer immediate complications; of which one-fifth are life-threatening. Hemorrhage, endotoxic shock and anesthesia complications are among the many potential problems.(12) 
** Women also risk infertility or problems with future pregnancies, such as ectopic pregnancies, labor complications, miscarriages, stillbirths or premature births, the leading cause of birth defects.(13) 

Trauma and suicide 

** 65% suffer multiple symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.(1) 
** 62% increased risk of death from all causes, including suicide.(10) 
** Suicide rates are 6-7 times higher if women abort vs. giving birth.(11) 
** 60% of women who had abortions said they felt that “part of me died.”(1) 

Increased awareness and declining abortion rates 

Majority of women oppose abortion on demand. A poll by the Center for the Advancement of Women, which supports abortion, shows more than half of American women oppose abortion on demand. Legal abortion was the next to last priority for women.(14) 

Abortion rates steadily dropping. There has been a slow steady drop in abortion rates over the last 15 years, in part because of raised awareness that abortion is not a “quick and easy” solution.(15) 

77% of Americans now realize that abortion takes a life, including one-third of those who describe themselves as strongly pro-choice.(16) 

Few regret keeping unintended babies. Studies of women who sought but did not have abortions show that few, if any, later regret their decision or suffer psychological problems from having an unintended child.(17) 

Even in hard cases, women often don’t want abortion . .. 

Victims say it only intensifies the trauma. In a survey of women who became pregnant through rape or incest, many only aborted because they felt pressured to do so and said abortion only increased their grief and trauma. 

** 70% had their babies, and none regretted their decision. 
** 78% of those who aborted had regrets and said that abortion was the wrong solution.(18) 

Petition for Hearings. An Ad Hoc Committee of Women 

Pregnant by Sexual Assault has put together a Petition to Congress and State Legislators to request hearings on this issue. (For a copy of the petition, see the “Hard Cases Booklet” at http://www.unfairchoice.info/resources.htm). 

Americans want more research into abortion’s impact on women. The majority of voters surveyed believe government funded research on women’s emotional reactions to abortion should be a high priority.(15) 

Assembly-line medicine 

Impersonal clinics. More than 80% of all abortions are done in non-hospital facilities, at clinics devoted solely to providing abortions and contraceptive services. Most abortions are done by a stranger who has no relationship with the patient, either before or after the procedure. 

Often women do not return for post-surgical care.(19) 
Low standard of care. The standard of care is often poor. Some abortionists move from state to state to avoid investigations and patient complaints.(20) 

Failure to screen for known risk factors. (Screening would eliminate 70% or more of all abortions.) 

Most abortionists don’t screen for risk factors or determine whether abortion will benefit their patients. Proper screening would eliminate 70% or more of all abortions.(21) 

Profit-driven clinics, high-pressure “counseling.” Many abortion “counselors” are not licensed counselors. Some are trained to “sell” abortions and ease women’s concerns so they will be more likely to abort, thus increasing clinic profits.(9) 

The journey toward healing 

In the U.S., over 50 million women and men have lost a child to abortion. Many are realizing they are not alone and finding that hope and healing are possible. Experts estimate that post-abortion healing programs have already served as many as 20 million women and others impacted by abortion. 

Citations 

1. VM Rue et. al., “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical Science Monitor 10(10): SR5-16, 2004. 
2. See the special report, “Forced Abortion in America,” at www.unchoice.info/resources.htm. 
3. D. Reardon, Aborted Women, Silent No More (Springfield: IL, Acorn Books, 2002) 
4. M.K. Zimmerman, Psassages Through Abortion (New York: Praeger Publishers, 1977) 
5. Brian McQuarrie, “Guard, clinic at odds at abortion hearing,” Boston Globe, April 16, 1999. 
6. I.L. Horton and D. Cheng, “Enhanced Surveillance for Pregnancy-Associated Mortality-Maryland, 1993-1998,” JAMA 285(11): 1455-1459 (2001); see also J. Mcfarlane et. al., “Abuse During Pregnancy and Femicide: Urgent Implications for Women’s Health,” Obstetrics & Gynecology 100: 27-36 (2002). 
7. U. Landy, “Abortion Counseling” A Component of Medical Care,” Clinics in Obs/Gyn 13(1):33-41, 1986. 
8. J. Woo, “Abortion Doctor’s Patients Broaden Suits,” Wall Street Journal Oct. 28, 1994, B12:1. 
9. Carol Everett with Jack Shaw,, Blood Money (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books, 1992). 
10. DC Reardon et. al., “Deaths Associated With Pregnancy Outcome: A Record Linkage Study of Low Income Women,” Southern Medical Journal 95(8):834-41, Aug. 2002. 
11. Gissler, Hemminki & Lonnqvist, “Suicides after pregnancy in Finland, 1987-94: register linkage study,” British Journal of Medicine 313:1431-4, 1996; and M. Gissler, “Injury deaths, suicides and homicides associated with pregnancy, Finland 1987-2000,” European J. Public Health 15(5):459-63,2005. 
12. Frank, et.al., “Induced Abortion Operations and Their Early Sequelae,” Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners 35(73):175-180, April 1985; Grimes and Cates, “Abortion: Methods and Complications,” in Human Reproduction, 2nd ed., 796-813; M.A. Freedman, “Comparison of complication rates in first trimester abortions performed by physician assistants and physicians,” Am. J. Public Health 76(5):550-554, 1986). 
13. T. Strahan, Detrimental Effects of Abortion: An Annotated Bibliography with Commentary, TW Strahan, ed., (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2002) 188-206. See also “Physical Risks of Abortion” in the “Research and Key Facts Booklet,” p. 5-6, at www.unfairchoice.info/resources.htm. 
14. “Is Your Mother’s Feminism Dead? New Agenda for Women Revealed in Landmark Two-Year Study,” press release from the Center for the Advancement of Women (www.advancewomen.org), June 24, 2003; and Steve Ertelt, “Pro-Abortion Poll Shows Majority of Women Are Pro- Life,” LifeNews.com (www.lifenews.com/nat13.html), June 25, 2003. 
15. “National Opinion Survey of 600 Adults Regarding Attitudes Toward a Pro-Woman/Pro-Life Agenda,” proprietary poll commissioned by the Elliot Institute, Conducted in Dec. 2002. 
16. J.D. Hunter, Before the Shooting Begins: Searching for Democracy in America’s Cultural War (New York: The Free Press, 1994) 93; see also Los Angeles Times Poll, March 19, 1989, question 76.; and “Many in Survey Who Had Abortion Cite Guilt Feelings,” George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, March 19, 1989, p. 28. 
17. H Soderberg, “Urban women applying for induced abortion: studies of epidemiology, attitudes, and emotional reactions, 1998,” Dissertation, Dept. of Ob/Gyn. & Community Medicine, Lund University, Malmo, Sweden, 1998. 
18. D. Reardon, J. Makimaa, and A. Sobie, eds., Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions, and Children Resulting from Sexual Assault (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2000). 
19. D. Reardon, Abortion Malpractice (Denton, TX: Life Dynamics, 1993). 
20. M. Crutcher, Lime 5 (Denton, TX: Life Dynamics, 1996). 
21. David C. Reardon, “The Duty to Screen: Clinical, Legal, and Ethical Implications of Predictive Risk Factors of Post-Abortion Maladjustment,” The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy 20(2):33-114, Spring 2004. 

 

 

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HIV-positive woman coerced into second trimester abortion

Pro-choice author Janet Hadley tells the following story:

A 38-year-old Haitian woman in New York City learned that she was HIV-positive during her antenatal care in a hospital with an excellent record for high risk pregnancy care. She was advised not to tell anyone her HIV status, that her chances of having a baby with AIDS were extremely high and that she should abort the fetus. She was also told to go home and write her will, because she was going to die. She was asymptomatic.

She chose to continue her pregnancy. When she went for her next routine checkup, she was taken to another building for a meeting with several high-ranking medical personnel. They told her that having a child with AIDS was worse than having a child with spina bifida, which her older daughter has. They said such a child would be a burden to society, and that she would be wrong not to abort. She insisted that she wanted to have the baby and pleaded that they continue her care. They refused, stating that the hospital was not equipped to treat her.

She was referred to another hospital for a second trimester abortion. This was performed without counseling or obtaining her signed consent. She was placed in a room marked “isolation” during her induced labor and left alone screaming for help for 15 minutes after the fetus was expelled. When she hemorrhaged because the abortion was incomplete, she was made to walk down the hall to the operating room. In both hospitals as soon as they knew that she was HIV-positive, she felt they wanted to get rid of her.

The Center for Constitutional rights in New York filed a case against both hospitals for discrimination, inflicting emotional distress, negligence and failure to obtain consent for abortion in the second hospital.”

Story was from M. Berer, with S. Ray Women and HIV/AIDS an International Resource Book (London: Pandora) page 94, 1993

Quoted in Janet Hadley Abortion: Between Freedom and Necessity (Great Britain: Virago Press) 1996

Hadley reveals that according to studies, 6 to 8 out of 10 babies born to AIDS infected mothers do not develop AIDS. If the mother’s HIV-positive status is known, precautions in the delivery room can greatly reduce the chances of the baby contracting AIDS.

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