[Not for very young readers]
I'm subscribed to the Elliot Institute newsletter (to which you can subscribe on the website http://www.afterabortion.org/), and in the latest issue, I got something truly disturbing:
Special Report Exposes America's Forced Abortion Epidemic
'Springfield, IL -- The 2006 cases of a Maine couple charged with abducting their pregnant daughter in an attempt to force her to have an abortion and a Georgia woman accused of forcing her pregnant daughter to drink turpentine are just part of an epidemic of coerced and forced abortions in the U.S., a leading researcher says.
Elliot Institute Director Dr. David Reardon co-authored a Medical Science Monitor study of American and Russian women that found that 64 percent of American women who had abortions reported that they felt pressured to abort by others.'
'In many of the cases documented for our 'Forced Abortion in America' report, police and witnesses reported that acts of violence and murder took place after the woman refused to abort or because the attacker didn't want the pregnancy," he said. "Even if a woman isn't physically threatened, she often faces intense pressure, abandonment, lack of support, or emotional blackmail if she doesn't abort. While abortion is often described as a 'choice,' women who've been there tell a very different story.'
While I can't really be sure, I think extreme cases like abduction and forcing to drink turpentine are rare enough – and criminal. However, usually no one acknowledges or sets measures against much more common situations when a woman is coerced into having an abortion in subtle and not so subtle ways.
Irresponsible, commitment-fearing boyfriends who claim, 'I'm just not ready' and 'you simply can't force this on me'; parents and/or teachers saying, 'you must get rid of it for the sake of your future; doctors who detected abnormalities in the unborn child and offer only one way of treatment: elimination, without discussing other possible options; all of this is much more common than people think.
And when a woman gives in to pressure, she feels so guilty and so ashamed of herself that it's difficult to stand up and tell her story. The pro-abortion crowd will claim she doesn't have any right to whine and should just sit and be quiet and say thank-you for the 'liberation', 'freedom' and 'control over her body'; many in the pro-life movement, sadly, will demonize her, not allowing her to express her pain; and rationalists from both groups will say she only has her weakness of character to blame: she didn't have to give in to pressure, did she? Who cares if she was vulnerable, and weak, and her judgment was temporary impaired by shock and fear!
I would give a lot to see how saying, 'You will never see me again if you don't get rid of it', or 'We will kick you out of the house if you don't do what's best for everyone', becomes punishable like forcing someone to drink turpentine.