Victims of Rape and Incest Deserve Better than Abortion

The most common myth in the abortion debate is that victims of rape and incest will automatically want an abortion.

Its untrue that most victims of rape and incest want abortions, and the small minority that do regret the decision.

What do the victims have to say?

  • Two major studies of pregnant rape victims found that 3/4 of these women chose to give birth.
  •  None of the women who gave birth said they did not want their children or wished they had aborted instead.
  •  Of those who aborted, nearly half did so because of the demands of others.
  •  94% of women who gave birth said abortion would not be a good solution to a pregnancy resulting from rape.
  •  93% of those who had abortions said it “had not been a good solution to their problems” and they “would not recommend it to others in their situation”
  • Nearly all incest victims who had an abortion reported no input in the decision; instead, their parents or the abuser made the decision for them.
  • All “explicitly stated that abortion was not a good solution and they would not recommend it to others.”
  • Of the  incest victims who carried their children to term, all were happy they had given birth. They also “unanimously rejected abortion as a good option for incest related pregnancies.”

Victims of rape and incest do not want abortions because they feel it would be another act of violence against their bodies.

Making it through a pregnancy is a victims way of overcoming the abuse.The selfless act of giving birth is proof that she is better than her attacker. For victims of incest, it is a way out, a way to expose the person that abused her and allow her to begin healing.

Why do pro-aborts feel that victims of violence need abortion?

During the battle to legalize abortion, advocates used examples of rape and incest to lead people to question the “right to life.” Once they convinced people to make exceptions for the tiny number of cases, they began to exploit and broaden the loophole until they got what they wanted: Abortion on demand for any reason at any time.

In a sense, abortion advocates raped these women all over again by using them to further their agenda.

If pro-aborts are truly for “choice” and “pro-woman” like they claim, they should stop using these women as cannon fodder and start to listen.

 

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5 comments

  1. eMatters · January 29, 2013

    Excellent data points!

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  3. Kathy · February 2, 2013

    Link to the study/citation, please? Thanks!

    • Jennifer King · February 2, 2013

      1. David C. Reardon, Julie Makimaa, and Amy Sobie, eds., Victims
      and Victors: Speaking Out about Their Pregnancies, Abortions, and
      Children Resulting from Sexual Assault (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books,
      2000), 21. • 2. Sandra Mahkorn, “Pregnancy and Sexual Assault.”
      The Psychological Aspects of Abortion (Mall and Watts 1979), 53-72.
      3. Reardon, et al., 22. • 4. Ibid., 20. • 5. Ibid., 20. • 6. Ibid., 22.
      7. Ibid., 21, 115. • 8. Ibid., 21. • 9. Ibid., 22. 10. Ibid., 14-15.
      11. Ibid., 118. • 12. Feminists for Life of America, “Pro-Woman
      Answers to Pro-Choice Questions: What About Rape?” http://
      http://www.feministsforlife.org/Q&A/Q2.htm. • 13. Reardon, et al., 82.
      14. Excerpted from Reardon, et al., 52-46, 119.

      • Kathy · February 2, 2013

        Thanks!

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