Study: Often pressure from third parties in women in pregnancy dispute, even coercion

July 29, 2022 in Prolife, 1 reader opinion
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The impact of others on at least every third affected woman – Independence a ‘fantasy’ of pregnant women under pressure to have an abortion – A call for a comprehensive survey of causes and motives

VIENNA ( Women who experience conflict during pregnancy are often pressured by third parties from their environment: above all, the refusal of the child’s father to become pregnant plays a role here, with consequences up to and including the need for an abortion, ethicists showed German medical professionals have just reported on a study published in the journal “Birth Services and Women’s Health” (current issue). According to a report by the Institute of Medical Anthropology and Bioethics (IMABE), researchers recommend that, given the high proportion of external pressures pushing women to abort, a comprehensive survey of the causes and drivers of conflict-ridden pregnancies should be undertaken. In this way, affected women can be better supported.

In contrast to Austria, abortions are recorded statistically in Germany – about 100,000 per year, although there is very little data on the causes of conflict during pregnancy. Advice before an abortion is mandatory in the neighboring country, but no subjective reasons or reasons for conflict over pregnancy must be presented, and therefore not recorded. In order to survey them, researchers led by Axel W. Bauer of the Institute of Ethics, History and Medicine at the Medical School of Mannheim at the University of Heidelberg decided to use protocols from the phone and the online counseling center Vita-L.

Vita-L considers itself a complement to Classical Counseling Centers, has a 24-hour hotline and advises women through a systematic approach. This includes abortion education and empowerment resources. According to the facility, self-determination “is not a privilege for every woman,” but “can also be seen as a burden.” Appropriate counseling sessions should therefore identify the causes of the conflict as accurately as possible in order to identify the assistance that the affected woman needs to consider long-term bearing the child.

Relationship is the most common cause of conflict

The team of scientists examined anonymous records of 1,668 counseling dispute cases from 2012 to 2018. Systematic analysis showed that “partnership problems” were mentioned most frequently, followed at a clear distance by autobiographical reasons, excessive demands and external pressure. However, the authors write: “the causes of conflict are ‘the child’s father does not want the child’, ‘pressure from the family’ and ‘pressure from the environment’, which have in common in that they represent a third party putting pressure on the woman and her pregnancy.” If these causes of conflict are added together to form a common group (“third party pressure”), it turns out that more than 30 percent of all major causes of pregnancy-related conflict are due to the influence of third parties on a pregnant woman.

A relatively small percentage of women reported physical concerns and medical reasons, with rape being the least cited cause of conflict. In 2021, 0.00029 percent (29 cases) of 9,948 abortions in Germany were due to rape.

The authors noted that it is not uncommon for women to consider having an abortion because they do not receive the necessary support from those around them – especially the support of the child’s father – or are even forced to have an abortion. This takes into account the one-sided argument that abortion is essentially a woman’s own decision.

Restrictive rules also protect women

Restrictive regulations on abortion and conflict counseling that attempt to identify the causes of conflict and open alternatives to abortion should not be viewed from one dimension: they will not only affect the unborn child, but also affect the interests of an insignificant number. of people protect women in pregnancy struggle, according to the study authors.

Accordingly, three religious scholars – including religious philosopher Hanna Barbara Gerl Falkowitz – and a journalist in the German daily Welt expressed their views on Tuesday: “For a woman who may feel compelled to have an abortion under huge internal conditions or external pressures However, this self-determination is an illusion.” The danger is that people are left “only in reality and themselves to decide their own destiny, rather than doing everything humanly possible to help, alleviate suffering and remove obstacles to a dignified life.”

The paper’s four commentary authors – all of whom are members of the German Church Reform Dialogue “Path of the Synod” – explicitly reject calls for abortion to become part of standard medical training in order to ensure the best provision of this “service” nationwide. . The art of medicine has always been aimed at helping and healing. It would be a “perversion of the medical profession to introduce abortion as a mandatory part of the school curriculum” and to violate the freedom of conscience of future physicians.

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elderly 30 July 2022


someone say it. The hostility towards children in Germany is great. All you can read all the time is the cost of having a child (almost like a family home) and that it is a burden on the climate. Yet they understand much more than that. There is an old cliched saying: “He who lives without children does not know sorrow, he who dies without children does not know joy.” This is so.


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