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Abortion and the Violated Conscience: Whose choice is pro-choice?

Charles Colson

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An article titled "Who's Making the Choice?" in the Post-Abortion Review states, "Hundreds of thousands of women undergo unwanted abortions every year to please someone else...According to a survey of 252 post-abortive women, more than half said they felt "forced" into the abortion by others.

A desire to re-establish stability makes individuals more vulnerable, more susceptible to influence from others who claim to be able to solve the crisis, especially those who appear to have status or authority.

The article "Who's Making the Choice?" concludes, "There is no disputing the fact that many, perhaps most, women who have abortions feel pressured into choosing abortion against their conscience[s]. . . . [A]bortion clinics generally make no attempt [to] help women resist the pressures they face to undergo unwanted abortions...abortion counseling is usually designed to 'sell' the woman an abortion, and certainly not to help her escape the pressure of others who may be pushing her into an unwanted abortion."

For further reading and information:

Amy Sobie and David C. Reardon, Ph. D., Who's Making the Choice? Women's Heightened Vulnerability During a Crisis Pregnancy, Post-Abortion Review 8, no. 1 (January-March 2000).

Read the entire article on the Breakpoint website (link closed).



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