I titled this one “blame, again” for the simple reason that we often blame women for having children with violent men. Here’s an article citing a recent study linking abortion and intimate partner violence. Some women choose to terminate their pregnancy with these violent men. Some women were coerced to get pregnant or their birth control was sabotaged (see research by Harvard’s Jay Silverman). Some women weren’t abused until they became pregnant. And, yes, I’m sure some women willingly chose to carry a baby to term with a violent partner – either hoping he would change or just too ashamed or afraid to leave him. Nonetheless, we should be focusing on HIS behavior rather than hers. It is, afterall, his behavior that needs to change.
Women seeking elective abortions have experienced high rates of intimate partner violence, indicating the need for targeted screening followed by community-based referrals and interventions, according to a new study led by University of Iowa researchers.
The study was published online June 17 in the American Journal of Public Health.
“Women seeking termination of pregnancy comprise a particularly high-risk group for physical or sexual assault,” said Audrey Saftlas, UI professor of epidemiology and lead author of the study. “In our study, almost 14 percent of women receiving an abortion reported at least one incident of physical or sexual abuse in the past year.