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How often are women coerced into getting abortions?

Women often report that they feel pressured to get an abortion by others in their lives — boyfriends, parents, teachers, friends, employers and others. A 2023 study found that only 33% of women described their abortions as wanted, while 43% said the abortion was “inconsistent with their values and preferences,” and 24% — nearly one quarter — described their abortions as unwanted or even coerced. Fully 60% of the women in this study said they would not have gotten the abortion if they had more financial security or support from others in their lives.


Reardon, David, et al. “The Effects of Abortion Decision Rightness and Decision Type on Women’s Satisfaction and Mental Health.” Cureus Journal of Medical Science 15(5). May 11, 2023. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36874642.

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