One third of South Asian immigrants dealt with physical abuse or neglect for not bearing a son

A study done on a group of South Asian immigrants living in the United States found that one third of them had experienced physical abuse and/or neglect for failing to conceive and give birth to a son. The sample was recruited from a clinic that did sex determination tests. It is implied that many of the women were learning the sex of their unborn children in order to have an abortion if they were female. This statistic suggests that up to 1/3 of Asian American women who abort their pregnancies because of sex selection may be abused and/or coerced.

Sunita Puri et al., “There Is Such a Thing As Too Many Daughters, but Not Too Many Sons: A Qualitative Study of Son Preference for Fetal Sex Selection among Indian Immigrants in the United States” Social Science and Medicine 72, 1169 – 1170 (2011)

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Most single women who abort never marry aborted baby’s father

A study of women in a post-abortion support group at the Medical College of Ohio found that only 7 of the 66 women who had abortions while single eventually married the father.

Kathleen and Franco, Marijo B Tamburrino and Nancy B Campbell “Psychological Profile of Dysphoric Women Postabortion” Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association 44 (113), 1989, 113 – 150

Cited in Thomas W Strahan “Abortion and the Feminization of Poverty” Rachael MacNair and Stephen Zunes, eds. Consistently Opposing Killing (Bloomington, Indiana: Author’s Choice Press, 2008, 2011)

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Adolescents feel “guilt, shame, and fear of disapproval” after abortion

From a 2004 study that did a group interview with post-abortive adolescents:

“The loss of a potential child by abortion gives rise to the universal experience of mourning, in which adolescents are developmentally more vulnerable…. Because strong cultural and religious taboos exist, aspects of traumatic grief are sometimes ignored….

The adolescents described feelings of guilt, shame, secrecy, or confusion that clarified how the social stigma of abortion was reinforced in the high school setting. American adolescents are more likely to disapprove of abortion because they tend to respond in absolute terms to moral issues. Stone and Waszak’s study (Stone, R., & Waszak, C. (1992). Adolescent knowledge and attitudes about abortion. Family Planning Perspectives, 24, 52-57) demonstrated that adolescents’ first association to abortion was “killing the baby” ….

The group members in our study indicated they felt guilty when they were seen entering the abortion clinic, a feeling exacerbated by protesters who were sometimes encountered outside the clinic. Classroom discussions that condemned abortion also made the adolescents feel uncomfortable and guilty….

The socially based negative emotions of guilt, shame, and fear of disapproval were still noted in these group participants, even 40 years after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed women’s right to choose, offering some societal acceptance of this choice. These feelings of guilt and shame, along with the shock and trauma of the pregnancy, can prevent adolescents from incorporating the experience of abortion into a learning experience because the defense of denial is used. This denial may cause a repetition of the shameful experience….

Some group members shared that they talked to the fetus and said, “I’m sorry,” to the fetus.”

Daly, Joan Ziegler, ACSW; Ziegler, Robert, MD; Goldstein, Donna J, RN, CPNP “Adolescent Postabortion Groups” Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services; Thorofare Vol. 42, Iss. 10, (Oct 2004): 48-54.

Read more studies about the emotional impact of abortion

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Study shows many women seeking sex-selection abortions are abused

A survey was done of  South Asian immigrant women recruited from a clinic that provides sex determination tests. This clinic was located in the US but catered to Asian women who wanted to find out the sex of their babies to have an abortion if the child was a girl.

It found that one third of the women cited past physical abuse and neglect related specifically to their failing to produce a male child.

Sunita Puri et al., “There Is Such a Thing As Too Many Daughters, but Not Too Many Sons: A Qualitative Study of Son Preference for Fetal Sex Selection among Indian Immigrants in the United States” Social Science and Medicine 72, 1169 – 1170 (2011)

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If treated, 25% of babies born at 22 weeks survive

From an article in National Right to Life news:

“The results of a massive study of nearly 5,000 extremely premature babies published last Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the survival rate of babies born at 22 and 23 weeks increased substantially if hospitals actively treat the babies.

NEJM study shows nearly a quarter of babies born at 22 weeks survive if actively treated; 33% for babies born at 23 weeks….

Two of the study leaders– Dr. Edward Bell of the University of Iowa and University of Iowa medical student Matthew Rysavy–talked to various publications to explain what their findings represented.

Dr. Bell told the New York Times’ Pam Belluck that at Iowa, treatment is offered to most 22-week-olds, and he considers 22 weeks a new marker of viability.

“That’s what we think, but this is a pretty controversial area,” Dr. Bell said. “I guess we would say that these babies deserve a chance.”

Dave Andrusko “NEJM study shows nearly a quarter of babies born at 22 weeks survive if aggressively treated; 33% for babies born at 23 weeks” National Right to Life May 7, 2015

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Study shows one fourth of post-abortion women think abortion is wrong

From a 1988 book on abortion:

“In one study, researchers found that one fourth of the women who had abortions felt that it was morally wrong; 8% of them did not believe that any woman who wants an abortion should be able to obtain it legally.”

Susan Neiburg Terkel Abortion: Facing the Issues (New York: Franklin Watts, 1988) 86

This seems to indicate that a sizable number of women who have abortions later come to believe they did something wrong.

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Australian study: 60% of women believe life begins at conception

From pro-abortion activist Eileen Fairweather:

“One Australian study [found] 60% of women believe life begins at conception (compared with 36% of men). That doesn’t stop [women] having abortions… It is possible for people to support a woman’s right to choose whether they believe abortion is killing or not.”

Eileen Fairweather “Abortion: The Feelings behind the Slogans” in Women’s Health: A Spare Rib Reader, ed. S. O’Sullivan (London: Pandora, 1987) 199 – 200

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Study: Women who have repeat abortions have shorter relationships

A study shows that women who have repeat abortions have less stable relationships:

“A Yale University study of 345 women at a New York abortion clinic found that women who have repeat abortions are in less stable social situations and have relationships of shorter duration than women who seek abortions for the first time.”

Michael B Bracken & Kasl K Stanislav “First and Repeat Abortions: A Study of Decision-Making and Delay” Journal of Biosocial Science 7, (1975) 374 – 491

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23% of pro-choicers believe life begins at conception

According to one study:

“14% of pro-choice advocates say life begins when the fetus has measurable brain activity or motion.

Even among pro-choice advocates, 23% believe life begins at fertilization.

38% of pro-choice advocates believe life begins when the fetus would be able to survive outside the womb.

15% believe life begins at birth.”

When Does Life Begin?” The Harris Poll, HarrisInteractive, February 18, 2007

]Cited in Johannah Haney The Abortion Debate: Understanding the Issues (Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2009) 19

Brain waves have been measured in an embryo at 42 days after conception

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Studies of families of children with Down syndrome

Studies of families of children with Down syndrome show that these children benefit their families.

Dr. Brian Skotko, a clinical fellow in genetics at Children’s Hospital Boston, authored a study of 3,000 Down syndrome patients and family members published in the October edition of the American Journal of Medical GeneticsThis study found:

Among 2,044 parents or guardians surveyed, 79 percent reported their outlook on life was more positive because of their child with Down syndrome.

In addition:

Skotko also found that among siblings ages 12 and older, 97 percent expressed feelings of pride about their brother or sister with Down syndrome and 88 percent were convinced they were better people because of their sibling with Down syndrome. A third study evaluating how adults with Down syndrome felt about themselves reports 99 percent responded they were happy with their lives, 97 percent liked who they are, and 96 percent liked how they looked

Kimbery Hayes Taylor “Down Syndrome Rewards Touted as New Test Loom” NBC News 9/29/2011

Studies of families of children with Down syndrome show that these children benefit others and enjoy their own lives.

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