DC Police Department Pressuring Mothers to Abort? Two Academy Grads Report They Had to In Order to Keep Their Jobs

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Aziz Karimov/

The right to life is one of those top key issues that conservatives are united on and rally for on a very regal basis. There is a lot of gray area in the law and in politics, but the question of whether an unborn child is really alive has been one of the hallmark issues that makes a conservative a conservative.

Hearing about the genocide of the next generations is tough, especially when it’s considered that it’s the children’s parents who make that decision, in most cases. However, it’s possibly even more frustrating when we hear about companies and organizations that are exerting undue stress upon mothers and fathers of the unborn to attempt to force them to kill their children.

Such is the case with the D.C. Police Department, according to a new report spreading across the news services. The department and its emissaries told several women that they needed to abort their babies or they would lose their positions on the force, according to a report in The Washington Free Beacon.

Unfortunately, these women complied, not wanting to give up the years of hard work that it took to get them into the department. And according to local Fox 5 DC, at least 10 women are suing the department for a plethora of abuses, including Assistant Police Chief Chanel Dickerson who is currently the highest-ranking black woman in the department.

Dickerson said that the department told her she would be fired if she didn’t end her pregnancy in 1988, which she did, and she never became a mother again.

“I was told I had to have an abortion or be fired from the [Metropolitan Police Department] cadet program,” Dickerson said. “My choice to have a baby was personal and it should’ve been mine alone and not for an employer ultimatum.

“Fast forward from that time, I think about how my female colleagues, when I was promoted to sergeant. And it was another sergeant who was promoted with me and she needed a shift that was conducive to taking care of her child as a single mother. Unfortunately, she had to do things no woman should ever have to do to care for her child.”

Upon the publication of Dickerson’s story, another officer came forward and reported to the same news agency a similar story, saying that she had never told anyone, even her husband, about being bullied into getting an abortion:

“I just thought this was something I would take to my grave,” she told FOX 5. The officer has been with the department almost a quarter of a century, celebrating her 24th year on the force, but in 1997, she got pregnant while attending the police academy. I thought I could hide it,” she says. “Just get through the academy and hide it,” but according to Arikpo, her sergeant, a woman, told the class that it would change their lives forever if they were to have a child that early in their careers.

“If we were pregnant we needed to get an abortion or we would be fired,” Arikpo says. “So later that day, I went and told my class sergeant that I was pregnant. And she said I needed to have an abortion and she referred me to a doctor in D.C. to get it done.”

It’s truly horrifying to think that there are groups pushing women into getting abortions, however even if we can set aside the atrocity to the child, the damage to the mother is not inconsequential. According to LifeSite News, there was a scientific paper in the British Journal of Psychiatry that found that women who have undergone abortions have an 81 percent increase in mental health problems and an even higher risk of substance abuse and suicidal actions (230% and 155% respectively).

Abortion has no winners. Only parents with no child to love.