Are there studies comparing abortion vs birth options following a post-rape pregnancy?

Yes.  Studies have followed the outcomes of pregnant post-rape women who had an abortion vs post-rape pregnant women who gave birth.

Below is

  • a fact sheet from The Elliot Institute: Sheets  Outreach: “Hard Cases New Facts. New Answers” and
  • a You Tube video of testimony at a North Dakota Judiciary Committee sharing the studies of health on post-rape women who aborted vs post-rape women who gave birth.

Fact Sheet:

Better outcomes among women who don’t abort.

  • 70% had their babies, and none regretted their decision.
  • 78% of those who aborted had regrets and said that abortion was the wrong solution.1

A survey of women who’ve had a sexual assault pregnancy revealed that many only aborted because they felt pressured, and that abortion only increased their grief and trauma.1

Assault cases have higher risk of complications.

The more difficult the circumstances prompting abortion, the more likely a woman will suffer severe post-abortion problems.2

Sexual assault is a known risk factor for post-abortion problems.2

Other risks of abortion include:

  • 31% suffer health complications
  • 65% suffer symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Higher death rates from all causes
  • Suicide rates are 6 times higher3

“Victims and Victors”

Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions, and Children Resulting From Sexual Assault includes research and testimonies from women who had sexual assault pregnancies. Order from Acorn Books: 1-888-412-2676.

“Forced Abortion in America”

  • Assault victims often report that someone else made the abortion decision for them. The pressure to abort can escalate to violence or even murder.4
  • Teens have been taken to clinics for forced abortions and returned to their rapists.1
  • 64% of women surveyed after abortion report feeling pressured into unwanted abortions.5
  • For research, headlines and stories of coercion and abortion-related violence, download “Forced Abortion in America,” and other resources and fact sheets at

1. Victims and Victors (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2000) 19-22. 2. Reardon, “Abortion Decisions and the Duty to Screen,” J. Contemporary Health Law and Policy 20(1):109,

Winter 2003. 3. See the “Research and Key Facts” booklet at 4. See the special report “Forced Abortions in America,” at 5. VM Rue et. al., “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical Science

Monitor 10(10): SR5-16, 2004.

Sexual Assault, edited by David C. Reardon, Julie Makimaa and Amy Sobie (Acorn Books, 2000) p. 124-126.Victims and Victors (Springfield, Acorn Books, 2000) 19-20.

You Tube testimony to Committee including research outcomes of pregnant post-rape women who aborted vs those who gave birth:

Rebecca Kiessling shares her story and urges Senators to support HB 1450 before a North Dakota Judiciary committee:

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