|Reasons Given ||%
|Not ready for responsibility||21%
|Woman’s life would be changed too much||16%
|Problems with relationship; unmarried||12%
|Too young; not mature enough||11%
|Children are grown; woman has all she want||8%
|Fetus has possible health problem||3%
|Woman has health problem||3%
|Pregnancy caused by rape, incest||1%
|Average number of reasons given||3.7%
Source: PRCH & Guttmacher
While women list a variety of reasons why they choose abortion, what has not been adequately raised in the public square is the fact that coercion is often involved in the decision making.
- 64% of women reported feeling pressured to abort.
- While a majority reported feeling rushed or uncertain, 67% reported that they were not counseled.
- 79% weren’t told of available resources.
- 84% weren’t sufficiently informed before abortion.
These are devastating statistics. Consider that studies have shown that:
- Pressure to abort can escalate to violence.
- Homicide is the leading killer of pregnant women.
- Clinics fail to screen for coercion.
- Women are nearly 4 times more likely to die after abortion.
- Suicide rates are 6 times higher after abortion.
- Fully 65% of women suffer trauma symptoms after abortion.
A 2017 study published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons found that 73.8% of post-abortive women admitted that their decision was not “free from even subtle pressure from others to abort.”
- 58.3% of the women reported aborting to make others happy
- 28.4% aborted out of fear of losing their partner if they did not abort
- 49.2% reported believing the fetus was a human being at the time of the abortion
- 66% said they knew in their hearts that they were making a mistake when they underwent the abortion
- 67.5% revealed that the abortion decision was one of the hardest decisions of their lives
- 33.2% felt emotionally connected to their unborn child before the abortion
In a 2019 Public Square poll, commissioned by LifeCanada, 92% of Canadians believe that women under pressure to abort should be given more support to help them carry their pregnancies to term.