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Forced abortion in America and elsewhere

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(On this page) Download: Forced Abortion in America Report, Fact Sheet or Ad/Flyer


"Hit Men Hired to Kill Pregnant Woman After She Refused Abortion."
"Man Admits on Tape He Gave Wife Abortion Drug"
"Woman Killed After Refusing Abortion, Her Body Burned."

"Molester Buys Abortions – Twins Subjected to 7 More Years of Rape."
Pregnant Woman's Body Found in Trunk, Husband Convicted
Shotgun Abortions (Literally)



Forced abortion in America








Download Forced Abortion in America Booklet (20+ page pdf)

Legal abortion is the single largest cause of violence against pregnant women and the leading cause of exploitation of pregnant women. – Molly S. White, Women for Life International, Inc.


In America and elsewhere, most abortions are unwanted or coerced. Many are forced ... sometimes violently. Women have been beaten, tortured or killed for resisting an unwanted abortion. Homicide is the leading killer of pregnant women.

Coercion takes many forms and often comes from all sides. It can include deceptive or coercive counseling, receiving false information from trusted experts, job or housing discrimination, withholding of support from one's family, emotional blackmail, pregnancy- or abortion-related violence, or even homicide.


This is exploits and endangers the dignity, rights and lives of both the unborn and women, especially those most vulnerable.

Get the facts in the materials linked below. Learn more about the reality of unwanted or forced abortions and aftereffects, including physical and psychological harm and deaths. Click on the image above to download the Forced Abortion in America report. You can also learn and share any of the resources listed below.



Portraits of Coercion Flyer (pdf) 

Forced Abortion in America Report (26-page pdf)

Forced Abortion in America Report Citations

Forced Abortion Fact Sheet (pdf)
Forced Abortion Flyer (pdf)


Citations for Forced Abortion Report


Information and Issues:


Teens at Risk Page 
Post-Abortion Suicide Page 
Special Report: Coercion Inside the Abortion Industry

Articles and Insights

Maternal Death Rates -- Women Are Dying, Too

How to find or offer help,
including for those being pressured or forced into unwanted abortions:


Help if Being Coerced or Forced:
Center Against Forced Abortions (off-site link)

Pregnancy Help -- Tips and Resources

Post-Abortion Help

How to Help Others


Legislative, Political and Legal Advocacy:

Support State Laws that Hold Assembly-Line Clinics Responsible for Unwanted Abortions
Political Page: Political Kits and Other Political Education and Advocacy Resources


Legislation Regarding Forced Abortion in America:


What Experts and Industry-Insiders Say

Special Report: Coercion Inside the Abortion Industry

Wantedness and Coercion. Key Factors in Understanding Women's Mental Health After Abortion. by Martha Shuping, M.D.


Abuse Can Take the Form of Forced Abortion by Dr. David Reardon (published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal)


How Common Is Coerced Abortion?



Coercion can escalate to violence if women won't abort


Pregnant women at risk of abuse, assault or homicide, in America and elsewhere if they resist an unwanted abortion.

64% of abortions involve coercion in direct or indirect forms, and this may include threats ranging from blackmail, deception and abuse of authority to physical abuse or even homicide involving partners—or even parents—who don’t want the child. Women and girls have been physically pushed into clinics, restrained or abused when they tried to escape an unwanted abortion. Women have endured forced miscarriages, which sometimes result in homicide — the leading killer of pregnant women. Other girls and women are battered down before abortion and may resort to abortion because they believe it is the only way to stop the abuse.

Coercion often involves direct or indirect threats, including physical violence. Women who refuse to abort have been subjected to unthinkable abuses, from forced injections to stabbings, beatings, bombings, gunshots, and strangulation.

According to one study of battered women, the target of battery during their pregnancies shifted to their pregnant abdomens. Indeed, the leading cause of death among pregnant women is murder. In many cases, it is known that these women were killed solely because their killers wanted to stop them from giving birth to their children.


Headlines from the Forced Abortion in America Report
(Download full report for for more examples Link here for the citations listed below)


Hit Men Hired to Kill Unborn Baby After Woman Refuses Abortion C25

Man Beats Girlfriend For Refusing to Go into Abortion Clinic C26

Boyfriend Breaks Into Home, Assaults Girlfriend Who Had Refused Abortion C27

Man Admits on Tape to Giving Wife Abortion Drug; Tries to Convince Her She Really Wanted Abortion C28

Pregnant Woman’s Body Found in Car Trunk, Husband Convicted

Woman Killed After Refusing Abortion, Her Body Burned C82

Molester Buys Abortion—Twins Get Seven More Years of Rape C13


Retailer Pays $220,000 for Rejecting Pregnant Applicant C8

Woman Files Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit Against Maternity Clothing Retailer C9


Shotgun Abortions


Coercion can take many forms, including violence and literal "shotgun abortions." In America, where abortion is hailed as an issue of "choice," women have been forced at gunpoint or killed for resisting. In other cases, gunmen have targeted the baby directly, aiming their gunfire toward the mother's abdomen.


Here are a few headlines and examples of "The UnChoice" at its most ironic and violent worst. Read these and others in the Elliot Institute's downloadable Forced Abortion in America report.

Mother Charged with Forcing 15-Year-Old at Gunpoint into Clinic
A Florida woman was sentenced to community service after she pleaded guilty to forcing her daughter at gunpoint to go to an abortion clinic. According to a staff member, the mother told clinic workers that if her daughter did not have an abortion, “I’m going to blow her brains out.” Clinic workers called police. Police reported that the mother had told staff to perform the abortion even though her daughter “may seem a bit teary.”C12  

Ohio Man Pulls Gun, Forces Her to Drive to Abortion Clinic
An Ohio man pleaded guilty to attempted murder after he was charged for attempting to force his pregnant girlfriend to abort their child at gunpoint. ...[After she] decided not to go through with a scheduled abortion, he took out a .45 caliber handgun and said she had no choice. read more (off-site)

Oklahoma Woman Shot and Killed for Refusing Abortion
Lorena Rivera, a 21-year-old receptionist disappeared while on her way to work in Oklahoma City. Her body was later found buried in a shallow grave. Rivera, 21 weeks pregnant and the mother of a three-year-old son, had been shot twice and beaten to death. Rivera’s friends testified at her killer’s trial that Rivera was delighted to be having a baby. Police reported that the baby's father murdered Rivera because she refused to have an abortion and he didn’t want to pay child support. Smith was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. (The Oklahoman, 6/2/99)

Toledo Woman Shot After Refusing to Abort
Sonya Hayes of Toledo, Ohio, refused to abort because of her religious convictions. Her boyfriend, Terrance Davis, 27, allegedly shot her in the stomach, killing her and her unborn son. Prosecutors have said it was obvious that the gunman was aiming for the unborn child when he fired the gun. (Associated Press, 2/8/00)

Read more about pre-abortion issues such as coercion, exploitation, gendercide and homicide plus abortion and post-abortion issues in the Elliot Institute's Special Issue: The Real War on Women.

Forced Abortions Happen Around the World


Australian Killed Husband After Forced Abortions

An Australian woman will serve at least 18 months in prison for killing her husband, whom she says raped her and used threats to force her to have two abortions. Yun Young Ko, a Korean native, told police she could “hear a baby crying” when she stabbed her husband, Shin Woong Ha, to death in August 1999. In setting a maximum sentence of four years in prison, the judge ruled that Ko was “substantially impaired” by severe depression and that Ha’s brutal treatment of her had caused her to lose control. (Source: Australian Associated Press, Dec. 11, 2000)

Sex-Selective Abortion: China's 'Vow' to Crack Down an Empty Promise?

... [American] CNN's Ted Turner injected new energy into this movement during the 2010 climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico, when he stated that the whole world should adopt the One Child Policy.

"Make no mistake. China's One Child Policy is enforced through forced abortion, forced sterilization and infanticide. Women are dragged out of their homes, strapped to tables, and forced to abort babies they want, up to the ninth month of pregnancy. Women sometimes die during these violent procedures. The One Child Policy is China's war on women. Adopting it world wide would hurl women's rights back to the dark ages." more (off-site)

Sex-Selection Abortions -- Not Just in China (off-site, Elliot Institute 1/9/13)

Watch a four-minute video exposing the truth about forced abortion in China: www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/blog/?p=219


US Reports on Forced Abortion in China, North Korea

Human rights advocates and news organizations report that both China and North Korea have engaged in coercive population control programs.

One report notes that forced abortions and infanticide have been carried out in prisons in North Korea, and that the Chinese government has engaged in “violence against women” through its family planning program, which includes “imposition of a birth limitation policy coercive in nature that resulted in instances of forced abortion and forced sterilization.” The report can be viewed at www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2002.

China's Forced Abortions Rule Hits Women (6/14/12)

Reports of Forced Abortions in China Fuel Push to End Chinese Law  (7/22/12)

Despite Rhetoric, China Has Not Banned Forced Abortion  9/18/12





Abuse Can Take the Form of Forced Abortion by Dr. David Reardon (published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal)

How the Abortion Industry Sells Abortion by Exploiting Normal Feelings

Special Report: Coercion and the Abortion Industry

Clinic-Bound School buses, Teens Pushed into Secret Abortions, Parents Kept in the Dark

More articles -- See Coercion page



How to find or offer help



Pregnancy help & resources
Post-abortion help, tips and resources


Help for those being coerced or forced into unwanted abortions (off-site link)
Help for parents of teens or teens being coerced or forced into an unwanted abortion (off-site)



1. VM Rue et. al. "Induced abortions and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women," Medical Science Monitor 10(10):SR5-16 (2004); see also AbortionRisks.org, "How Common Are Coerced Abortions?"  


2. IL Horton and D Cheng, "Enchanced Surveillance for Pregnancy-Associated Mortality -- Maryland, 1993-1998," Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 285(11):1455-1459 (2001); see also J. McFarlane et. al., "Abuse During Pregnancy and Femicide: Urgent Implications for Women's Health," Obstetrics & Gynecology 100:27-36 (2002).




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