Pro-choice researcher says women who experienced sexual assault can be traumatized by abortion

Pro-choice researcher Gloria Zakus wrote:

“Certain categories of women are much more likely to have postabortion problems sometimes months or years later… Women with a history of sexual abuse, including incest, molestation, or rape, may respond with greater anxiety to abortion plans, encompassing even the initial pelvic exam. On a conscious or unconscious level, these women may associate gynecological and abortion procedures with previous aggressive violations. One such case involving a teenager in an incestuous relationship with her father required hospitalization and the use of general anesthetic in order to do a suction procedure.”

Gloria Zakus and Sandra Wilday “Adolescent Abortion Option” Social Work in Health Care 12 (4), Summer 1987, 86 – 87

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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