Skip to comments.Studies Show Abortionís Negative Effects on Mothers
Posted on 02/23/2006 4:56:47 AM PST by Milltownmalbay
New studies show that women suffer serious side-effects after aborting a child, says Zenit.org. Many of these side-effects are psychological, and effect woman long after the abortion has taken place.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported the most detailed long-term study to date into the divisive question. The New Zealand study was done by David Fergusson, who describes himself as an atheist, a rationalist and pro-choice. The study tracked 1,265 girls born in the 1970s. 41% of these woman became pregnant by the age of 25, and 14.6% (90 women) sought an abortion. By the age of 25, 42% of those who procured an abortion also experienced a major depression. This number was 35% higher than those who had chosen to continue a pregnancy. The risk of anxiety disorders rose in a similar fashion. A woman who had procured an abortion was twice as likely to drink alcohol at dangerous levels compared to one who continued the pregnancy.
The Washington Times reported a study done by Priscilla Coleman that claimed that woman who aborted has a 144% greater risk of physically abusing their children compared to those who did not terminate their pregnancy. Coleman said that a good number of women who have abortions experience bereavement and guilt, which turn to anger.
Coleman also noticed that though women who have miscarriages also experience negative psychological effects, these effects last longer in women who have aborted. A study carried out at the University of Oslo supports this statement. The study looked at 40 women who suffered miscarriages and 80 women who terminated a pregnancy. Researchers questioned the woman at 10 days, six months, two years, and five years after the end of the pregnancy. Woman who had miscarriages suffered more negative effects at the 6 month period. However, those who had an abortion experience more mental distress at the two and five year period.
Abortion also effects having another baby. A French study of 2,837 births found woman who once had an abortion were 1.7 times more likely to give birth to a baby at less than 28 weeks gestation. Babies born at this point die soon after birth, or suffer serious disability if they survive.
The South Dakota Department of Health has accumulated statistics from the year 2003 regarding abortions in the state. In 814 out of the 819 procedures, the only information given to the pregnant mothers about the unborn children was the gestational age of the children. In 813 of the procedures, this information was provided by a recorded statement. Mothers never had a chance to question the doctor. According to witnesses from a Planned Parenthood clinic, the first time the women met their physician was in the procedure room. At that point, the woman has signed a consent form and committed to the procedure.
Selena Ewing, a researcher at the Southern Cross Bioethics Institute, Adelaide, has found that most abortions result from lack of support of pregnant women, from both men and the community. Abortions are also linked with domestic violence.
The effect on the babies is far worse.
Millions of women have had abortions in America. The highly negative impact has hit our whole society.
"The study tracked 1,265 girls born in the 1970s. 41% of these woman became pregnant by the age of 25, and 14.6% (90 women) sought an abortion. By the age of 25, 42% of those who procured an abortion also experienced a major depression."
So that's what... 38 women. Actually it's 37.8, so I suppose one woman was kind of bummed instead of having a major depression.
This is the story the pro abortion crowd doesn't want to get out, but I think there are women and young, possibly underage girls who were pressured or outright bullied into an abortion by their boyfriends or boyfriend's mother. Some 'choice'.
Sadly, I think that's true, and women who are pushed into it would be more likely to have conflicted feelings about it afterward, it seems.
I wonder if this may not be why so many apparently healthy Hollywood actresses (eg., Nicole Kidman, Kirstie Alley, Jennifer Aniston) have so much trouble having children and experience miscarriages.
bump for later
Idle speculation, since of course you have no idea who has had an abortion and who has not.
I recall a study published in Lancet many years ago that stated 1 in 10 women who had abortions became sterile as a result of the abortion procedure
Which means 90% didn't.
That wasn't the point of my post
The point was another devastating repercussion from having an abortion
Thanks for the math lesson. It's true that 100-10 is 90.
Here's another truth: Abortion kills an innocent child. That happens 100% of the time.
Ohhhh. I thought you meant it as an argument against it; a 10% chance of complications is not a compelling deterrent to surgical procedures generally. I see what you mean.
The oldest of these were only 36 years of age. From what I have seen in several of my own friends, the consequences of abortion continue to worsen, for both the mother AND the father, over time. Particularly if they never have, or could not have, another child.
If you tell a woman that if she has an abortion, she runs a 10% risk of becoming unable to have any children in the future I think you would see a sizable number of women decide that they don't want to take that kind of risk.
Information is power, except in the case of a woman seeking an abortion I suppose.
Maybe, but given that most women seeking abortion are <25 (if I remember correctly), I wonder if they're thinking that far into the future. It might help, I don't know.
It could very well be the reason a woman decides not to have an abortion after all therefore saving a life
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