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Rape, Incest Victims Reject Abortion

Although they are rare in practice, pregnancies for rape and incest victims are common in abortion advocacy rhetoric. Conventional wisdom is that these women and girls will benefit from abortion and be traumatized by carrying their children to term. But this "wisdom" is a political construct, formed without considering the actual experiences and needs of the pregnant victims of rape and incest.

The recently published results of a survey of 192 women who became pregnant through rape or incest found a resounding rejection of abortion.

According to a recent press release, "the consensus opinion of these women who have actually been in this situation is that abortion in their circumstances was injurious. Indeed, the results of this new study suggest that most women who become pregnant through sexual assault do not even want abortions."

These findings are in keeping with previous findings by Sandra Mahkorn, and in the experiences of members of Fortress International, a support and advocacy group for women who have experienced assault rape pregnancy.

The results of the recent study are included in Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions, and Children Resulting from Sexual Assault, edited by Dr. David C. Reardon, Julie Makimaa and Amy Sobie. Reardon is a long-time researcher on post-abortion issues, and Makimaa was herself concieved in a violent rape.

Said Reardon, "Many of the women in our sample aborted only because they were pressured to do so, and most reported that the abortion only increased their experience of grief and trauma. In contrast, none of the women who carried to term said they wished they had not given birth or that they had chosen abortion instead. Many of these women said that their children had bought peace and healing to their lives."

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