A woman from Pennsylvania, who refused her boyfriend’s demands that she abort her child was beaten by him as a result. He began hitting her in the back and as she tried to block his punches, his hand bruised her arm. But the violence did not end there. He struck her with his closed fist, telling her that if she screamed, he would “give her something to scream about.” According to police, the victim, who was five months pregnant, said her abuser said “she was forcing him to have this baby and she should respect that he wants her to have an abortion. Since she won’t respect his request to have an abortion, he won’t respect her.”The West Pottsgrove man is now in jail, charged with first-degree felony charges of aggravated assault of an unborn child, harassment, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, and other charges.
Research has indicated that more than 60 percent of abortions are coerced, with women being forced into abortions they would not have chosen had their mates not forced them into it. How many more men like
are using violent means to attempt to force women into abortions they do not want? And why don’t we hear anything from women’s rights groups about the abortion-domestic violence connection? All too often, abortion is prescribed as a solution to the problem of domestic violence when, in fact, it is another form of abuse. If a father has no respect for the life of a child, he will not respect the mother. How many abortion centers screen for domestic violence or report suspicions of abuse to police? How many times is abortion being used as a cover-up for crime—the crime of violence against women and young girls forced into sex?
In story after story, we read of assaults on pregnant women. These traumatic incidents seem to have reached epidemic proportions lately. The availability of abortion has not reduced domestic violence. When an unborn child is in danger, so is the mother. This is one reason why choosing life for an unborn child can be empowering for a mother. She may not be willing to leave her abuser to protect herself, but she might to save her baby from harm. If you know
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