Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Is Abortion a Result of an Abusive Relationship?

According to a recent study done by the Guttmacher Institute, which is a non profit organization with concerns about abortion rights and reproductive health, many cultural and economic conditions are prevalent amongst women who have abortions.

It is much more likely that women who have abortions are from a lower economic class and have suffered relationship problems or disruptive events in their lives, such as losing a job or getting a divorce.

Seven percent of the women studied also reported that the men that they became pregnant by were abusive either physically or emotionally.

See the whole article here:  "Abortion seekers 'seven times' more likely to be abused"

What does this tell us?  Social services, especially for low income single women are important in the prevention of pregnancy or abortions, not only post-pregnancy, but pre-pregnancy.  Obviously, counseling services are necessary in depressed areas to help women, who are often the matriarch of the family and responsible for the financial and emotional support of the family unit, cope with the stress and everyday challenges they face. Perhaps when given tools to use that are practical for their lifestyles and circumstances and can address some behavioral and cultural issues that can reduce numbers of unwanted or terminated pregnancies in the future. 

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