Reproductive coercion has many hideous faces, including that of the man arrested for raping his wife for refusing to have an abortion. But a new study shows that a simple conversation can make a difference in one form of coercion.
Thomas Hill, a 24-year-old of Camden, New Jersey was arrested this week for raping his wife in a room where three children, including two of his own, slept, allegedly because she refused to have an abortion. Violence against a partner for refusing to have an abortion is a horrific violation of a woman's autonomy over her own body — the fundamental value behind being pro-choice.
As we've discussed, there's another form of reproductive coercion, which defies stereotypes about men and women's behavior, and is disturbingly common: forcing women to be pregnant or carry unwanted pregnancy to term: