One of the most horrific crimes that a woman can experience is sexual assault.
Following a sexual assault, women find themselves struggling to recover from this traumatic event.
What can make this recovery even more difficult is that, in a small percentage of these cases, the victim of sexual assaults become pregnant with the assaulters’ child.
So what should the woman do?
Abort the baby?
Keep the baby?
More often than not, the woman decides to keep the child.
Many sexual assault victims see birth as a selfless, loving act that helps bring healing from their horrific experience.
Many pro-choice advocates believe “the reason women want abortions in these cases is because it will help them to put the assault behind them, recover more quickly, and avoid the additional trauma of giving birth to a “rapist’s child” .
The Elliot Institute did a study that dealt with women who had become impregnated through sexual assault  and found that of 164 women, an overwhelming 73% chose to give birth.
What this shows is that women do not automatically want an abortion after assault, and having an abortion actually just makes the situation worse – it ends an innocent life that had no part in the crime of the assault.
Oftentimes, the women who do have abortions become unhappy with their decision and regret it.
Giving birth can be seen as a selfless, loving act that helps bring healing from the horrific experience of rape.
 Johnston, Robert. (2008). “Reasons Given for Having Abortions in the United States.” Johnston’s Archive, 9 Oct 2008. Web. 15 Jun 2011. http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/policy/abortion/abreasons.html
 Reardon, David C. (2004). “Rape, Incest, and Abortion: Searching Beyond the Myths.” Elliot Institute, http://afterabortion.org/2004/rape-incest-and-abortion-searching-beyond-the-myths-3/
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