“…In contrast to Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) offensive comments that “legitimate rape” doesn’t lead to pregnancy -
- a new study from the Guttmacher Institute finds that pregnant women who seek abortions are actually more likely to have experienced a traumatic event like sexual abuse.
In fact, the findings suggest the number of women seeking to terminate a pregnancy have experienced intimate partner violence — defined as sexual or physical abuse at the hands of a significant other — is seven times higher than the national average for domestic violence.
The study, released Monday, sought to investigate why low-income women are more likely to terminate a pregnancy than women at higher income levels.
It found that poorer women experienced a greater number of “disruptive life events” — such as losing a job, ending a relationship, or suffering abuse —
- that contributed to their decision to seek an abortion…”
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