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When Partner Abuse Isn’t a Bruise But a Pregnant Belly

Lynn Harris

Sexual violence and coercion by intimate partners plays a critical role in unintended pregnancy, the spread of sexually transmitted infections, poor maternal outcomes and in abortion. The problems of violence, control, and contraceptive sabotage are so widespread that public-health advocates see teen pregnancy as a "canary in a coal mine" or one indicator of possible abuse.

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