To coerce is to: bully, intimidate, terrorize, pressure, suppress, harass, tactical, torment, hinder, impel, restrict, push, oblige, urge, compel, frighten, persecute, counsel, influence with false ideology. Just to name a few.
Very recently, the subject of coercion in the abortion wars has been vastly misunderstood and misrepresented. After reading much opinion of what coercion might be by post-abortive women, the general consensus is that most people believe that coercion is like masked gunman with ninja skills swooping in to do dastardly deeds to their target. While that can be true, coercion is much more suave and charming than that.
I don’t know of ONE abortion that was not coerced by someone else or something else. That statement has gotten me in the opposition’s supposed tank of hot water. Proaborts insist on a “woman’s right to choose” but don’t talk about the options and who actually affected their choice.
Is an abortion choice made without any outside influence?
Think of it this way: Have you ever made up your mind about anything without asking for someone’s opinion [family/spouse/friend/coworker/counselor, etc], extensive internet searches, thumbed through magazines, newspapers, radio, movies, television, saw it on a billboard, etc?
Then, WHO is actually making the abortion decision? If your boyfriend/spouse, parents/kids/family, friends, coworkers, classmates, teacher/professor, school, counselor, and others gave you their opinion, then they affected your decision to abort. Did you feel that you had to finish school first? Then school coerced you in your abortion decision. Did your career or job make you believe you can’t work and be a mother? Then your career/job coerced you into your abortion decision. Did your family say they would disown you? Then your family coerced you into your abortion decision.
Conversely, not all coercion is this….friendly. The leading cause of death of pregnant women is MURDER: “Men who kill pregnant women are most likely romantically involved with their victims and see the pregnancy and unborn child as obstacles and burdens in their lives.” Read the rest here.
Over 65% of post-abortive women said they were FORCED into the decision by other people, the rest made abortion decisions based on other people’s biased opinion/counsel or media. Statistics say that most women wanted to keep their baby rather than abort – then, if women are aborting against their desire to keep their child, it is coercion that forces them to abort to appease others.
Coercion is a controversial topic but it should not be. It’s very simple: A person(s) or circumstance forces or pressures women to abort their unborn children. Rather, women are given the privilege and honor of being life givers and life bearers, not executioner.