Springfield, IL (July 12, 2004) -- The epidemic of coerced, unwanted abortions is rarely reported. Yet every week, thousands of
girls and women face threats and abuse from people who want them to abort without regard for
their own feelings or desires.
A homeless woman was denied shelter until she submitted to an unwanted abortion . . . a teen
was ridiculed by a school counselor and bussed to the abortion clinic . . . a daughter was pushed
into an abortion clinic at gunpoint by her mother . . . a girlfriend was injected with an
abortifacient outside a parking garage . . . a 13-year-old was returned to her molester after her
abortion . . . three sisters were raped repeatedly by their father and forced into abortions for
nearly a decade . . . a wife miscarried after her husband jumped on her stomach to force an
abortion . . . a waitress was fired after refusing to have an abortion.
The headlines above represent just a few of the many women who were offered only one
choice--abortion. They are just a few of the hundreds of appalling stories of abuse, violence and
manipulation that are found in the Elliot Institute's 21-page special report, "Forced Abortion in
"Forced Abortion in America" is part of a larger series of materials examining ways in which legalized abortion has exposed women to
unwanted, unnecessary, and dangerous abortions. It includes citations to research showing that
30 to 60 percent of women having abortions feel pressured to do so by other persons.
Release of the report coincides with the launch of a petition drive by a coalition of national post-abortion ministries asking both the Republican and Democratic national committees to adopt
language in their national platforms condemning coerced abortions.
The free special report includes numerous examples of girls forced to undergo unwanted
abortions by parents, sexual molesters, school officials, employers, and others. The report also
examines how pregnant women who refuse to abort face increasing levels of abuse and violence
intended to intimidate or cause miscarriage. This violence against pregnant women has escalated
to the point that the leading cause of death among pregnant women today is homicide. Dozens of
cases of women who have been shot, stabbed, choked, burned, or bombed for refusing to abort
are also included in the report.
"Forced Abortions in America" can be downloaded from www.afterabortion.info/petition.
Contact: Elliot Institute (217) 525-8202
The above news release, along with other news on recent studies related to abortion complications, is posted at www.afterabortion.info/news