The scourge of sexual violence (SV) is still prevalent in many countries and many societies the world over. In the US, Almost 3 million women experienced Rape-Related Pregnancy (RRP) during their lifetime. RRP was similar across racial and ethnic groups (i.e., Hispanic, White non-Hispanic, Black non-Hispanic, and other non-Hispanic). These pregnancies are usually the result of reproductive coercion, a form of sexual violence that is characterized by exerting power and control over reproduction through interference with contraception use and pregnancy pressure (CDC, 2019).
For most women, the effects of sexual violence are devastating, to say the least. The physical and mental anguish can take a heavy toll on one’s well-being. One of the most significant of these effects is the feeling of loss of control and power over their bodies and their most intimate selves; and the pregnancies resulting from sexual violence can add more distress to the victim’s delicate physical and emotional state. This is why many victims of sexual violence may choose to have an abortion as a way to regain control over their bodies and to terminate a pregnancy resulting from a crime. These victims; especially those that come from low-income backgrounds, need to have complete access to the full spectrum of reproductive choices available to them.
Reproductive health starts with women making conscious choices about their bodies, and exploring all of the options available to them for the improvement of their condition. Abortion is just one of those options that can help these women move on from their trauma and help them to start over.
Parkmed NYC is a physician owned clinic licensed by the New York State Department of Health as a Diagnostic and Treatment Center dedicated to providing quality reproductive health care. We offer a complete range of Reproductive Healthcare services and solutions such as Abortion Services, STD Testing, Birth Control, and Pelvic Pain Treatment. Give us a call at 212-686-6066, or contact us online for all of your questions and for more information about our services.