How can we protect women from being pressured to have abortions?

New South Wales, Australia, Parliament debates abortion

By Michael Cook

Editor’s note. Among the many truths that the Abortion Industry wants buried is that many, many women are pressured into having an abortion they do not want. The following, from a year ago, addresses that inconvenient—read “sordid”–truth.

A question for the MPs of New South Wales [NSW]. Does the name Jaya Taki ring a bell? No? Pity about that, because her name ought to have marquee billing in the current abortion debate.

Jaya Taki is the jilted girlfriend of former Wests Tigers player Tim Simona. When she fell pregnant he was furious. “I want to save for a house and excel in my career and having a baby would ruin that for me,” he told her.

Jaya revealed to Nine News in 2017 that her partner put intense pressure on her to have an abortion. 

“He would ignore me for days on end if I said I wanted to discuss the option of keeping it, and would only ever talk to me if I gave in and gave him dates for an abortion.” In the end she gave up and had the abortion.

“Can you imagine how I felt knowing keeping the baby would ‘ruin his career’?,” she said. “So what ‘choice’ was I left with?”

Sordid stories like these don’t often surface in the media. But they happen all the time. Women are pressured into having abortions they don’t want by boyfriends and families.

And what protection will the “Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill” 2019 give them?

None at all. Nothing in this bill is designed to shield women from coercion and subtle forms of domestic violence. If abortion before 22 weeks is permitted for any reason, it will be easier for an abusive partner to pressure a woman into aborting a wanted child. And it will be far, far easier for them if she uses an abortion drug.

Why does the Bill ignore women like Jaya?

Perhaps because its author, Alex Greenwich, the Independent MP for Sydney, is male and gay. He can’t be expected to understand the pressures that women experience. I’m male, too, and I don’t have that sort of insight either.

A robust and thoughtful debate is needed to air the views of all women, not just pro-choice activists. Even if you agree with a woman’s right to choose, even if you believe abortion is necessary, not all abortions are going to be completely voluntary.

Ask Jaya Taki.

And that’s not the only issue which requires input from women and from experts so that MPs will be properly informed.

How about aborting girls? If this bill is passed, it will be possible to abort a female foetus simply because it is female. When the Chinese do this, it’s called gendercide, and it is reviled around the world. In NSW it will be perfectly legal.

How about aborting foetuses with cleft-palates? With Down syndrome? With six fingers? If this bill is passed, it will be possible to abort children simply because doctors have detected a relatively minor birth defect. The government has a duty of care to protect the vulnerable. This bill is blind to this responsibility.

How about aborting twins? There’s nothing in the bill to stop unscrupulous doctors from carrying out “fetal reductions” – aborting one or more siblings in a multiple pregnancy, simply because they are unwanted surplus.

This bill was drafted in a windowless room, far from the messy, conflicted, chaotic lives of real people. It treats abortion as a black-and-white issue in which women give their informed consent after calm and detached deliberation. But this is a male fantasy.

Just ask Jaya Taki.