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From the Leader in Post-Abortion Research
Vol. 10, No. 9 -- November 18, 2011


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Abortion Won't Help
Trafficking Victims

Human Trafficking Expert Says Pro-Abortion Ideology
Could Be A "Death Sentence" for Women


The U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing Dec. 1 on a decision by the Obama administration to deny funding to a Catholic Church-run program to help trafficking victims, on the grounds that the program doesn’t refer victims for abortion or “family planning.”


Numerous commentators – including Rep. Chris Smith – have criticized the decision by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to deny the grant to the highly-rated program administered by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and instead give grants to programs that will refer for abortion and family planning but which experts say don't have proven track records.


But the real issue is the assumption that abortion is a good way to help women and girls who are victims of trafficking. A look below the surface shows that abortion is likely to harm, not help, victims of trafficking – and, in the words of one expert, could even be a death sentence.

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Abortion and Sexual Abuse

One Woman's Story


Note: This story is reprinted from the book Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions and Children Resulting from Sexual Assault.


When I was about 13, my stepfather started molesting me. It continued until I came forward with it when I was 16. At age 15, I became pregnant.  No one knew but my stepfather and a lady that told him where to take me.


My stepfather told me that the only way was to have an abortion. He made me set up an appointment; he dropped me off and picked me up.


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