Skip to comments.New Study: Top Reason for Women's Abortions is No Supportive Partner, Father
Posted on 01/16/2009 10:55:06 AM PST by wagglebee
LifeNews.com Note: Dr. Wanda Franz is the president of the National Right to Life Committee and a former professor of clinical psychology at West Virginia University.
The pro-life movement in this country has been very successful in reducing the numbers of abortions and the abortion rate (the number of abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing age). In 2005, the abortion rate was down 33% from its peak in 1980/81, the same level it had been in 1974.
If the abortion rate had not decreased from its peak value in 1980/81, but simply stayed the same, there would have been 50% more abortions in 2005: 1.8 million, instead of the actual 1.2 million.
This decrease in abortion has been greatest among adolescents and young people.
While abortions have decreased in women having their first pregnancy, the number of repeat abortions has increased. Today, 47% of all abortions are obtained by women who have already had at least one previous abortion.
In addition, most abortions occur now in the group of women who already have one living child. Thus, the demographics of abortion are changing. Today, the women, who are in need of pro-life support, are often those with families. No research has been done on this population group, until now.
A new study by Priscilla Coleman and colleagues has been published in the International Journal of Mental Health Addiction. This study uses data from the Fragile Families and Well-Being Study.
The sample was drawn from hospitals in 16 cities around the country, which had high numbers of unmarried births. The final sample consisted of families with one child. The mothers then either aborted or gave birth to a subsequent child.
The family characteristics indicated that the families met the requirement of being fragile: 87% were not married, 41% had less than a high school education, and 32% had an annual income under $15,000. Racial breakdown was 24% white, 56% black, 15% Hispanic, 1% Asian and 4% American Indian.
The ages of the participants fell into the age range when most abortions now occur, that is, 64% were between 20 and 29 years of age.
In this sample, 76.9% of the women with a subsequent pregnancy reported that the same man fathered both the first and second pregnancy. This is a surprisingly high level of stability, given the fragility of the family unit.
This study looked at the reasons women chose childbirth or abortion for their subsequent pregnancy. It is unique, in that, it examined the decision-making process in the context of the relationship with the father of the child. No other research on abortion decision-making has taken the family context into account.
This is an especially important issue for our future consideration, since so many abortions are currently performed on women with other living children, implying the presence of the father of the children.
The results of the study indicated that the most important factors in determining the women's choice to abort a second pregnancy were those associated with the father's inability or unwillingness to provide assistance in rearing the first child.
Women were significantly more likely to abort if they reported that the father of the child cannot be trusted to "watch the child for a week," "take good care of the child," "watch the child when the mothers needs to do things," "does not support the mother's way of raising the child," "does not respect the schedule and rules" for the child, etc.
In addition, it was found that mothers who were married to the father were significantly more likely to deliver the baby.
What is especially interesting are the variables that did not appear to influence the choice of abortion vs. delivery.
For example, the difficulty of raising the child, based on poor temperament of the child or the need for frequent medical intervention, did not affect the choice to abort. In addition, financial considerations were not important in the decision.
Employment and income did not predict the decision to abort. Surprisingly, aggression directed toward the mother by the father was not a factor in the choice to abort.
On the other hand, women who chose to abort the second baby, demonstrated more substance abuse following the abortion; and they were more apt to be physically abused by the father.
The results of this study are counter to the prevailing opinion that women abort because of poverty and financial considerations. Instead, these mothers were more apt to make the decision based on whether or not they would be supported in their role as a mother by a father who had already demonstrated an ability to care for one of his children.
Furthermore, marriage was a protective factor in determining the parents' decision to keep and raise their child.
This study supports the idea that abortion occurs in the context of a family. It requires both a committed mother and father to assure the choice to deliver and care for a child. Fathers are, not only important, but possibly decisive in the choice to have an abortion.
And the left totally opposed to this.
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The left believes in self actualizatin. It’s a movement of narcissists.
Depravity breeds depravity.
I wouldn't define this as a high level of stability, given that the woman in question has aborted two of the father's children. If anything, it indicates to me that the relationship is extremely unstable.
I think it’s because women aren’t taught how to pick a good man. I have three sisters and each one recieved that instruction.
Quit hopping in the sack with any male that happens by.
My son's birth-father was in prison serving a 3-4 year sentence by the time his birth-mother found out she was pregnant with him. She already had an infant at home, and another disabled daughter living with grandmother. Talk about a "crisis pregnancy!"
I thank God every day that she decided to spare his life in spite of her circumstances.
This is not news to me, as someone who worked at a CPC for years.
If they don’t know the dad. . .
if they don’t like the dad. . .
if the dad is a flake. . .
and most importantly, if the dad wants her to abort. . .
They abort, almost every time.
I don’t blame just the fathers. These women choose to have sex with men they don’t know, don’t like, or who are flaky.
Also, in defense of fathers, there have been a handful who have tried valiantly to get their girlfriends (it’s never their wives) to keep the baby.
But men, to keep abortion rates low, wait until you are married (most of the unmarried women who came to us HAD BEEN USING BIRTH CONTROL. It DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK) and be very, very suppportive should you impregnate somebody.
Wow, what a great story!
I don’t think the first child was aborted in all of these cases. In at least some of the cases, the father’s attitude towards the first child is the reason the woman is seeking the abortion of the second. I think they are loosely using stability to mean that the man and woman are involved in a long term relationship. Apparently, instability would be when the father of the first child is different from the father of the second. Interesting information, although I do not trust this website much.
I have mostly found that woman do not want to abort, that they do so out of fear. If that fear can be alleviated, they are much more likely to go ahead with the pregnancy.
How are men to be “supportive” when the law and the culture tell them that it’s none of their business whether the woman aborts?
The men throw up their hands and say “it’s your choice, that’s what we’ve been trained to think!” and the woman is left to make the decision over the life or death of her baby all on her own conscience.
Every policy of the left (doing Satan’s bidding) is anti-family.
The family is the primary target of evil, because it is the primary threat to his victory.
#6, further comment on that quote...just because it was the same father does not mean it is a “family unit”,either.
The family is the primary target of evil, because it is the primary threat to his victory.
I really don’t think the issue is marriage in and of itself.
Men who make good fathers are probably much more likely to get married. Men who continue a long term relationship with the mother of a child, that don’t want to get married are probably going to be lousy fathers.
There is kind of a catch-22 quality to this situation. Is it better to raise a child as a single mother or with a lousy dad?
But this can’t be true, can it? I thought that the top 3 reasons were rape, incest and endangerment to the mother. /s
At least that’s what the pro-aborts keep telling us.
Why are these stupid women then having sex and putting themselves in the position of getting pregnant by a man they believe is unwilling or unable to provide assistance in rearing children? I'm sorry, but the stupidity of this baffles me.
Yep, and it’s “safe and legal and rare,” though it seems that we need government to make it more common because 3500 murdered infants PER DAY just isn’t rare enough.
What a wonderful story. Your son looks very happy!
There’s also nothing empowering about a woman having sex with a man she doesn’t know or trust.
Wow, if one was to read Ann Coulter’s latest book they would see much the same thing printed on those pages. Single mothers cause much of the problems in this country by the simple fact there is no nuclear family to support her and the children. Hence, more abortions, more child murder after they are born(both are murder, I just wanted to differentiate between the two)by single moms wanting to be with a new boyfriend or to go out partying or children beaten to death by the new boyfriend(with mom’s help), more crime committed by the children after(IF)they grow up.
Those aren’t the only 2 options, tho. Adoption is one.
There is no catch 22, there is one simple solution, you don't the children to begin with unless you know you are going to have a partner(or at least strongly suspect such)who will stay with you and help raise them. This means, in simple English, that if you aren't married, don't have children, period. Read Ann Coulter's new book it explains many things and shows the statistics to back them up.
Interesting. I’ve never been in a position to talk to a woman who was considering an abortion, so I have no personal experience here. I have talked to women who have had abortions, but the conversations were brief.
I was talking about those who are already pregnant, in the context of encouraging them not to have an abortion. When working with pregnant women, who are contemplating abortion, it is rarely effective to tell them they should not have gotten pregnant to begin with.
wagglebee, thanks for allowing me to ask! Next week I hope to be to the point of collecting the data.
I disagree with this whole thing and it’s rationalizations. The top reason for abortion is submission to a moral depravity that results in a callous disregard for life.
Adoption is clearly the very best solution to this problem. I always encourage women to go the adoption route.
Strangely enough, the men who do not want the child and encourage the abortions, are usually against adoption. Many will refuse to consent to the adoption or even worse they sometimes threaten to seek sole custody of the child. This is terrifying to a woman who lacks the money for legal assistance, and she will almost always do what he wants.
I don’t understand it, probably because it doesn’t make sense, but these situations never have a good outcome.
Women having sex with and getting pregnant by men who are bad choices for fathers do generally have a bad outcome. It seems to be a big secret, tho.
I do agree with that. Once they are pregnant you have to deal with that. However, we need to do far more as a society in encouraging women to NOT have sex with men who they would not want to be married to and have children with. And we need to stop this nonsense that sex and marriage and children are not connected.
“I disagree with this whole thing and its rationalizations. The top reason for abortion is submission to a moral depravity that results in a callous disregard for life.”
That is fine if your purpose is to sit back and judge the actions of others. Some of us are actively trying to prevent the abortion of children by working with women who are considering it. Every time a woman chooses life over abortion, a murder is prevented.
It may not solve the problem of moral depravity, but I would argue that it produces better results than judging women who are already in a bad situation.
1) Men made all the laws.
2) Men impregnate the women.
3. It takes 2 to tango.
Yep, men made the laws, and made them so that they didn’t have any responsibility for getting free sex.
Like being duped?
Oh, and as for “men impregnate women” - that sounds... well, rather radical lesbian of you...
It takes two to tango, and if the woman says no, sex doesn’t happen, unless a crime is then committed.
I was just providing some balance.
The fact is that men are the leaders. They could solve this mess; but, they like it as is it.
As Ann Coulter says,
the biggest supporters of “abortion rights” are men aged 18 through their late 20’s.
Yeah, they’re really into “women’s rights” I bet.
It’s very sad to see when a man decides to leave his pregnant wife, leaving her with the responsibility of raising a child on her own, I have seen this happen all too often. It is also sad to see so many marriages destroyed by pornography, which is all too acceptable and prevalent today. There is definately an all out war against the family, and it is only getting worse. There is no honor for mothers and fathers and the media certainly discourages marriage and famly.
p.s. I said “single women” when I meant “single moms.”
“That is fine if your purpose is to sit back and judge the actions of others. Some of us are actively trying to prevent the abortion of children by working with women who are considering it. Every time a woman chooses life over abortion, a murder is prevented.
It may not solve the problem of moral depravity, but I would argue that it produces better results than judging women who are already in a bad situation.”
First, I commend you and others actively working to save children’s lives.
I’m not judging the women, I’m judging the actions of the man and woman involved.
“How are men to be supportive when the law and the culture tell them that its none of their business whether the woman aborts?”
As I said, I don’t think it’s all the men’s fault. I agree our laws are hideous. They forbid a man from protecting his child. What sort of Satanic law is that?
But my advice still stands. In three years, I had ONE married woman abort (that I know of). The father was pushing it. He wanted to get their business more established before she had a baby.
So wait until your married, because birth control fails FREQUENTLY. If you are married, it is highly unlikely she will abort. And should you impregnate somebody, step up. It does make a difference.
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