Skip to comments.Lawyer gets death threats after raising post-abortion trauma in custody case
Posted on 09/27/2013 5:22:22 PM PDT by Morgana
NEW YORK, September 27, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) An attorney in a high-profile child custody case says she is receiving death threats after asking whether abortion causes enduring stress in a case that has stirred the abortion debate in the Empire State.
Eleanor Alter represents Green Bancorp CEO Manuel John Mehos, who is seeking custody of his two young children from ex-wife, Lisa.
She had denied her ex the right to see his children over Easter weekend last year on the grounds that he is an atheist and she is a Christian. However, Alter says Lisa opted to ditch the kids with a relative and have an abortion.
Lisa Mehos aborted her child six months after the couple's divorce in 2011, when her other children were aged 2 and 4. The aborted child was fathered by another man.
On September 16, Alter said she wanted to raise the issue of post-abortion trauma, because she thought Lisa was presumably somewhat traumatized by this. It affects the children, and thats really the point.
This is a woman who complains that shes under great stress only caused by Mr. Mehos, Alter told the court. I would be the first person to acknowledge that having an abortion, especially a two- to three-month late abortion, would be stressful.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lori Sattler ruled that Alter would be allowed to question Lisa about the abortion's effect, because it called into question whether a man had stayed in the apartment with her two children, something Lisa Mehos vehemently denied.
I think it is crucial that we all remember what is at stake here, and that is your two young children, she said.
But the news of Alter's line of question quickly percolated throughout the pro-choice blogosphere.
On Thursday, Alter said pro-abortion advocates had harassed and threatened her. One anonymous caller told her over the phone, Die, pro-life b---h!
While she does not believe her life is in danger, I just want the record to reflect that Im now receiving threats, she said.
Lisa Mehos' attorney, Emily Jane Goodman, has complained that allowing that line of questioning would set women's rights and the rights of choice back in a way I can't imagine.
Goodman also blasted the line as irrelevant and unfit for a sophisticated venue like New York City. This might go over well in Texas or Mississippi but not here, she said.
Jessica Wakeman of The Frisky agreed, writing, its galling this judge (in New York City, of all places) would grant the request for a past abortion to be used as evidence.
Meanwhile, feminists stood outside the Manhattan Civil Court this week wearing I had an abortion T-shirts.
Therapist Michelle Ascher Dunn told the New York Daily News that she believe's Mehos' abortion would have no impact on her parenting style. You can make a private decision about abortion and it can have nothing to do with your children, she said.
However, a large and growing body of scientific evidence contradict her statement.
A 2011 meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found an 81 percent increased risk of mental health problems, as increased alcoholism, drug abuse, and shattered relationships, among post-abortive women.
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A 2008 study by the University of Oslo in Norway found that young post-abortive women are more likely to become depressed.
In 2005, Finlands National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health (STAKES) studied the deaths of all women of reproductive age over a 13-year period (1987-2000). It found deaths from suicide, accidents, and homicide are 248 percent higher in the year following an abortion, while women who had given birth in the past year had the lowest likelihood of death.
But post-abortive women don't need studies to tell them about the harm abortion causes.
British reality TV star Gemma Collins recently revealed her abortion led to a downward spiral of self-harm, including cutting herself and eating disorders.
When CNN asked for women to share stories of their abortions in February, the vast majority expressed sadness and a feeling of loss.
Abortion can affect siblings even when the mother shows no signs of trauma. One person wrote a letter to her aborted half-sibling, asking, Is it possible to miss someone youve never even met? because my heart longs for you. It longs for you to have life.
I miss you. I love you, the letter continued. Im so sorry no one loved you.
Many post-abortive women have found acceptance, support, and emotional healing through ministries like Rachel's Vineyard, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, Operation Outcry, and Project Rachel.
That's nice counsel, but do you have an objection based upon any applicable section in the Evidence Code?
Federal Rule 401. Test for Relevant Evidence
Evidence is relevant if:
(a) it has any tendency to make a fact more or less probable than it would be without the evidence; and
(b) the fact is of consequence in determining the action.
There are websites where people post obituaries to the deceased with pictures of flowers and kind words. It is like a virtual cemetary. It would be a good thing to have something like this for people who have had abortions, had someone abort their child, grandchild or sibling.
Yeah, right. Abortion has an impact on how women treat their surviving children. Some of them cannot bond with their living children; others become excessively clingy, as if they are terrified that their living child will suffer the same fate as their aborted child. I do not think it is actually possible for a woman who has had an abortion to have a normal relationship with her children. No matter how ardently those who have had or support abortion try to deny that abortion is killing, they know that it is--and killing another human being has long-lasting effects.
“Lisa Mehos’ attorney, Emily Jane Goodman, has complained that allowing that line of questioning would set women’s rights and the rights of choice back in a way I can’t imagine. “
I’m pro-life, but my instinct says that both John and Lisa are selfish pigs doing whatever they can to make life hell for one another. This “case” has nothing to do with either abortion, its effects, or what’s best for their two living children.
A woman I know had an abortion at 15. Her daughter was aborted. She insisted that she had no regrets and it never effected her. She talked to her husband and son as if they were infants.
3 women close to me had abortions as young women and all three are devastated years later, cry for the babies on anniversaries of their due dates and hate themselves and the fathers of those babies
There is a website that features abortion industry workers' statements about their profession. A lot of them are full of self-hate, and hatred for the women whose children they are killing. They hold these women in contempt, and blame them for the fact that they are in the abortion industry.
Yes, I know--that begs a lot of questions, the primary one being "If you dislike those women so much for putting you in the position of baby killing, why not find another avocation?"
What is especially striking to me is that, no matter what they say publically, abortion industry workers are heavily affected by the death they deal. Some of them close off their feelings; others are full of hate and resentment. No matter what aspect of abortion you look at, it is not good for anyone.
one of the women to whom I refer was forced into it, literally had no choice, by her father who was a lawyer, he took her to the hospital and had them do the saline solution thing when she turned up pregnant in high school
That is pretty horrific. Thank God I have never been in that situation, but I know that I would never interact with that person again after he forced me to do such a thing. I think I would also be suicidal.
Also, the fact that women or girls can be forced to have abortions really highlights the fact that we need to do more to protect women from the abortion industry. Asking whether she was coerced into abortion should be one of the first things that happens the moment she walks in the door.
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