Forced abortions - America's secret epidemic

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The Elliot Institute has released a report that exposes America’s forced abortion epidemic.

Elliot Institute spokesperson Amy Solby tells OneNewsNow that one study found 64 percent of women who had abortions reported they felt pressured to abort by others. “Something like 80 percent of them said that they didn’t get the counseling they needed to make a good decision, that often they were not given counseling at all, or that the counseling they had was inadequate,” she explains.

Solby also mentions forced abortions, which are not widely discussed in the U.S. An article released from the Institute cites two cases in 2006 in which teenage girls were violently persuaded to have abortions. In Maine, a couple abducted their 19-year-old daughter, bound and gagged her, and drove her to New York for an abortion. However, she escaped from her parents in the parking lot of a store and called police from her cell phone.

That same year, a Georgia mother forced her pregnant 16-year-old daughter to drink turpentine in hopes of aborting her baby. She was later arrested for criminal abortion after her daughter told the school counselor about the incident. The Institute has studied other cases where women are commonly threatened, pressured, or subjected to violence for refusing to abort.

“There’s not any necessarily real hard numbers on violent [coercion] but, if you consider that homicide is the leading killer of pregnant women according to several studies, and then the fact that a large number of them have to do with the fact that the woman was killed or assaulted…because she refused to have an abortion or in an attempt to force her to abort,” Solby concludes.

The Elliot Institute is trying to convince states to pass laws forcing abortion facilities to screen women for coercion and not to do an abortion where coercion is involved. Solby believes women then could be helped with whatever situation they are facing.

The Elliot Institute is trying to convince states to pass laws forcing abortion facilities to screen women for coercion and not to do an abortion where coercion is involved. Solby believes women then could be helped with whatever situation they are facing.

Depends what they mean by “screening”, otherwise I’m for this.

The difference between a forced abortion (and the article mentions two cases where it actually occurred) and a woman feeling pressure to get an abortion is enormous. This article, and the Elliot Institute (an anti-abortion organization), are being very misleading. Shame on OneNewsNow for reporting such propaganda. OneNewsNow didn’t even bother to find out how the Elliot Institute was coming up with its numbers.

Expect some “shoot the messenger” responses on this one.

The “population control” genocide proponents do not like things to be called what they are. Coerced/forced (which is called “pressured” in this article) abortions which is happening every day to destroy innocent lives (the unborn child) is out of control and getting to pandemic proportions.

I posted the following in Moral Theology:Could Abortion be Likened to Burning God in Effigy?
Abortion is an affront to God and must be eliminated. Articles likes this goes a long way to expose the immorality of abortion.

Expect some “shoot the messenger” responses on this one.

If the “messenger” is giving a wrong message, then Sure.

Being pro gun control, I would avoid the messenger and inform others of the lack of credibility of this messenger, rather than shoot him/her. :rolleyes:

Very well, then explain to us the enormous difference and when does pressure cease to be pressure and instead becomes “forced?” Where is the line drawn?

The Thomas More Society is a pro-life lawfirm that can help these women to seek legal action in such cases.

How about drawing the line at the use of force? In the two examples of actual force, the parents of pregnant teens physically coerced their daughters.’

However, “pressure” is pretty vague. My understanding is that it is referring to a friend or relative urging an abortion. So, yes, the difference between force and pressure is enormous. Force is physical, whereas pressure is merely social. Forced abortions, contrary to the article’s headline, are very rare in the US - the article only offered two cases of it.

It happens more than you think. I was able to google several.

Yet, when it comes to rape, severe “pressure” without force into having sex is still considered rape by most professionals. How is severe “pressure” without force different in the case of abortion?

That is a very good question. But the article makes no distinction in levels of pressure. I think it makes a big difference whether someone is being brow-beaten or whether she is simply being told her life would be easier without a child.

Let me finish your thought.

“I think it makes a big difference whether someone is being brow-beaten or whether she is simply being told her life would be easier without a child so the solution is kill the child ASAP.

Yet how easy is one’s life if she has killed her child?

You’ve given a nearly identical echo to the words of the president-elect. He would not want his daughters’ lives disrupted and complicated by the live birth of any of his unexpected grandchildren. Very chilling words.

Don’t quit your day job, because you’ll never make it as a mind reader.

Right.

Again, I’ll re-phrase for you.

“I think it makes a big difference whether someone is being brow-beaten or whether she is simply being told her life would be easier without a child**. Easist (best?) option? Kill the child.**” Your uneditted thought is an echo of the stance taken by PP in regard to abortion. Do you know that? ‘Kill the child - and pay up front at the desk.’

Expediency - the new American way.

I don’t know why you think that I was advocating for abortion.

My comment had to do with the level of pressure that some women receive to get abortion. In worst case situations a woman might be brow-beaten. In mild cases, a woman may merely be urged. The article doesn’t make a necessary distinction between the levels of pressure - that was my point, and the only point I was making.

“Easiest” answer:

This is a Catholic site. I am Catholic.
Presenting any “choice” that results in the death of a child is, on its face, erroneous.
Helpful “advice” might include anything that addresses a live outcome for the child.
There is no truth in presenting abortion as a viable choice to a live birth.

In and of itself “choice of abortion” is a false offer.

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