Why have we launched Finding Hope?
A quarter of women who seek an abortion are victims of domestic abuse, according to a new meta-analysis of 74 studies from around the world*. In the UK, this equates to some 50,000 abused women every year seeking abortion and reinforces the fact that there is a strong relationship between violence to women and abortion.
The link between the physical, mental and sexual abuse of women by their partners gets stronger with repeat abortions. In one study, for example, women presenting for a third termination were over 2.5 times more likely to have a history of violence than women presenting for their first termination. It points to a cycle of abuse – violence, pregnancy, abortion, violence – as women who have abortions can become more self-destructive, and remain in or seek out abusive relationships as a form of self-punishment.
For at least one in every four women seeking abortion, therefore, they are not doing so freely but from a position of fear. Moreover, women presenting for abortion who are experiencing domestic abuse are not given adequate opportunity to disclose this or offered support. This research indicated that such women would welcome the opportunity to disclose the abuse and to be offered help. The reality is that they are conveyor-belted through the abortion process then returned straight back to the abusive situation and drawn into the cycle of abuse.
Every year in the UK there are thousands of abused women who are coerced or forced into having abortions and are at great risk of experiencing more abuse and further abortions. These women are among the most vulnerable in society and are being let down; the abortion industry does not do enough to enable women to flee abuse and their measures of success fail to take into account the suffering behind their statistics.
What we want to achieve
We believe that women suffering abuse on this scale is unacceptable. We have launched Finding Hope to raise awareness about the link between violence towards women and abortion, with the aims being to:
- Raise the link between domestic abuse and abortion as a major women’s issue
- Promote and raise funds for Life’s Helpline so we can help more women caught in this cycle of abuse
- Draw attention to abortion providers’ conveyor-belt service and their failure to adequately support women vulnerable to abuse
Support Finding Hope
Donate to Finding Hope here or text ELLA25 + £10 to 70070 to donate £10 and fund LIFE’s National Helpline for one hour. Thank you.
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