Mandated abortions are usually associated with China, but recent news stories show it happens in the United States, too. Before she was the WNBA's coach of the year, Washington Mystics head coach Marianne Stanley was at the University of California at Berkeley. There, reports The Washington Post, she told newly pregnant assistant coach Sharrona Alexander that she could keep either her unborn baby or her job. Likewise, The Washington Times reports that Samanthia Robinson, interim Assistant Emergency Medical Services Chief for Washington, D.C., told trainees they'd be fired upon pregnancy. Three of the trainees, fearing for their jobs, had abortions. But this isn't China—Alexander (who refused to have the abortion) received a $115,000 settlement from the school, and Robinson was forced to retire.

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EMS chief linked to abortions retiresThe Washington Times (Sept. 23, 2002)

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