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The Guttmacher Institute Redefines 'Violence Against Women' (husbands guilty)
Inside Catholic ^ | May 6, 2010 | Brian Clowes

Posted on 05/06/2010 9:56:50 AM PDT by NYer

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) is at it again.

For those not familiar with AGI, it is a $30-million-a-year research group based in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Named for Alan Guttmacher, former president of Planned Parenthood, the mission of the organization is to "advance sexual and reproductive health" around the world. This makes sense, since it was founded in 1968 as the research arm of the largest chain of abortion mills in the United States, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), which currently carries out more than 300,000 abortions annually.

In other words, a person who believes in AGI's impartiality on abortion will be the kind of person who believes in the Tobacco Institute's impartiality about the harmful effects of cigarettes. However, without the slightest admission of conflict of interest, AGI churns out dozens of reports every year supporting unlimited access to abortion.

Its most recent effort -- "Male Reproductive Control of Women Who Have Experienced Intimate Partner Violence in the United States" -- attempts to demonstrate that "male reproductive control -- which takes place when a woman's partner imposes his reproductive intentions on her through intimidation, threats or actual violence -- occurs among women who have experienced intimate partner violence." The report tries to show that women who have experienced intimate partner violence consistently have poor sexual and reproductive health (SRH). SRH is generally defined as access to contraception, sterilization, and abortion without impediment. "Intimate partners" are guilty of "reproductive control" when they impede women's access to SRH in any way, shape, or form.

You can probably see where all of this is leading.

The report claims that a man is guilty of unwarranted "reproductive control" if he is "not giving the woman money to buy contraception or obtain an abortion." "Coercion" includes "if a man wanted a woman to get pregnant."

By AGI definitions, then, a man can only avoid being labeled a "reproductive controller" if he never expresses any opinion whatsoever as to whether he wants a child and lets the woman make all of the decisions without his input -- in other words, the radical feminist's ideal man. Of course, this "ideal man" must also keep his mouth shut when paying for all of her reproductive decisions without question, whether it be footing the bill for an abortion (even if he is pro-life) or paying for however many children the woman wants to bear.

Naturally, AGI does not mention any cases where a woman might be found guilty of "reproductive control." What if she gets an abortion over the man's objections? What if she sleeps with a man, lies about being on the birth control pill, and then has a child that she demands child support for?

As always, the pro-choice mindset is blind to inequality committed against men. This follows from the strange idea that men and women are entirely separate and autonomous entities, able to make important decisions without the slightest concern for whatever consequences may befall the other partner or the relationship itself. As the AGI report says, "We posit that it is ideal for women to have reproductive autonomy which we use to mean a woman's ability to make independent decisions about her reproduction."

To its credit, the AGI report states that "reproductive control" also includes "perpetuating violence against [a woman] in order to cause a miscarriage or kill the fetus." The report mentions this type of violence several times, but the overwhelming emphasis of the study consists of condemning men who want to impede women from having abortions. Ann Moore, senior research associate at AGI and lead author of the study, even says, "We believe that reproductive control is, itself, a form of intimate partner violence, and one worthy of public health attention."

Got that? If you are a man who has any opinions at all about your wife's (or girlfriend's) reproductive life, you are a "reproductive controller" and therefore guilty of domestic violence.

This is a theme pro-abortionists have been pushing hard
over the last decade.

I have done years of research on abortion-related violence and have encountered hundreds of cases where men committed violence against women in connection with their decisions to have or not have abortions. Based on all available research between 1973 to the present, there is exactly one case where a woman was murdered for having an abortion, and more than one hundred documented cases where a woman was murdered or beaten so badly she miscarried for refusing an abortion. These atrocities are documented at

All such instances, however, are ignored by AGI in its supposedly thorough report. They have a story to tell, after all, and men hurting women who refuse to have abortions doesn't fit their narrative. AGI researchers are very good at drawing subtle connections between trends that have little or nothing to do with each other, while at the same time ignoring strong connections that undermine the "pro-choice" philosophy or the drive for population control.

The AGI study relies heavily on several analyses of violence against women conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), an agency of the United Nations. Interestingly, not one of these WHO studies mentions forced abortions or any other kind of violence against women who do not want to abort. This may be related to the fact that the United Nations Population Fund, one of WHO's sister agencies, pioneered, helped implement, and actively supports the Chinese forced-abortion program.

Perhaps AGI can explain why it is "violence" to force a woman to have an abortion in the United States, but it is not "violence" to force millions of Chinese women to have abortions, often in the last trimester.

Part of the Guttmacher Institute's stated mission is to "encourage enlightened public debate." If it is serious about this goal, it should at least attempt to examine all sides of the issue.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; domesticviolence; guttmacher; marriage; plannedparenthood; proabortion; prodeath; prolife; prorape; reproduction
Brian Clowes is the director of research and training for Human Life International. He has written nine books and over 90 scholarly and popular articles and has been active in the pro-life movement for more than two decades.
1 posted on 05/06/2010 9:56:50 AM PDT by NYer
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Got that? If you are a man who has any opinions at all about your wife's (or girlfriend's) reproductive life, you are a "reproductive controller" and therefore guilty of domestic violence.

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2 posted on 05/06/2010 9:57:39 AM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer

Planned Parenthood is pro-rape. They enable child molestors when they refuse to report such teen pregnancies to the police as they are required to by law.

3 posted on 05/06/2010 10:10:36 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The hysteria of Matthewsism and Andersonism has led to a Tea Party Scare that is unAmerican.)
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To: NYer

I should think murdering your own children would be considered domestic violence, but some people seem to have other priorities.

4 posted on 05/06/2010 10:11:49 AM PDT by Julia H. (Freedom of speech and freedom from criticism are mutually exclusive.)
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To: NYer

Good article.

5 posted on 05/06/2010 10:17:44 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer
A while back, I saw the movie "The Time Traveler's Wife", about a man who (unpredictably and uncontrollably) jumps around in time. He falls in love and marries, but whenever his wife gets pregnant she miscarries when the fetus jumps in time.

Finally he decides he can't deal with it any more, and has a vasectomy. His decision is depicted as an unforgivable violation of the WIFE's reproductive rights!

What we have is a female-supremacist ideology.

6 posted on 05/06/2010 10:38:28 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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7 posted on 05/06/2010 10:52:03 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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