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Studies Show Abortionís Negative Effects on Mothers
SeaMax News ^ | 2/22/2006 | Jessica Nicholson

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: abortion; postabortivewomen; psychology
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1 posted on 02/23/2006 4:56:48 AM PST by Milltownmalbay
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To: Milltownmalbay

The effect on the babies is far worse.


2 posted on 02/23/2006 5:00:16 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Milltownmalbay

Millions of women have had abortions in America. The highly negative impact has hit our whole society.


3 posted on 02/23/2006 5:15:28 AM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: Milltownmalbay

"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.


4 posted on 02/23/2006 5:37:02 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: Milltownmalbay
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.

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'.

5 posted on 02/23/2006 6:01:07 AM PST by sportutegrl (People who say, "All I know is . . ." really mean, "All I want you to focus on is . . .")
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To: sportutegrl

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.


6 posted on 02/23/2006 6:13:25 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: Milltownmalbay
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.

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.

7 posted on 02/23/2006 6:34:09 AM PST by libstripper
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To: cpforlife.org

Pro-Life ping


8 posted on 02/23/2006 6:34:10 AM PST by andie74
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To: Milltownmalbay

bump for later


9 posted on 02/23/2006 6:39:12 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: libstripper

Idle speculation, since of course you have no idea who has had an abortion and who has not.


10 posted on 02/23/2006 6:49:28 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: libstripper; linda_22003
Abortion also effects having another baby.

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

11 posted on 02/23/2006 7:01:22 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won't back down)
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To: Milltownmalbay
Silent No More

The National Silent No More Awareness Campaign is an effort to make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women, men, and their families. The emotional and physical pain of abortion will no longer be shrouded in secrecy and silence, but rather exposed and healed. This effort is a key to make abortion unthinkable and persuade society that women deserve better than abortion.

12 posted on 02/23/2006 7:04:40 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won't back down)
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To: apackof2

Which means 90% didn't.


13 posted on 02/23/2006 7:06:26 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: linda_22003
Which means 90% didn't.

That wasn't the point of my post

The point was another devastating repercussion from having an abortion

14 posted on 02/23/2006 7:09:55 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won't back down)
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To: linda_22003
Which means 90% didn't.

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.

15 posted on 02/23/2006 7:10:51 AM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: apackof2

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.


16 posted on 02/23/2006 7:11:13 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: Milltownmalbay
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 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.

17 posted on 02/23/2006 7:15:54 AM PST by NearlyNormal (Our military wins wars, the liberals and their LDM loose them)
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To: linda_22003
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.

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.

18 posted on 02/23/2006 7:19:59 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

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.


19 posted on 02/23/2006 7:24:17 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: linda_22003
Well actually I do see it as a compelling reason as most women don't want to take ANY chance for NEVER having a child and its a FACT that this information is NOT being told to women who are thinking of an abortion

It could very well be the reason a woman decides not to have an abortion after all therefore saving a life

20 posted on 02/23/2006 7:26:59 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won't back down)
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To: linda_22003
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 the pro-abortion crowd has shown up.

Only one so far .... but just like rats and roaches, where there's one, there may be others!

21 posted on 02/23/2006 7:28:45 AM PST by JohnnyZ (Happy New Year! Breed like dogs!)
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To: linda_22003
I wonder if they're thinking that far into the future

If they aren't telling them this fact could force them to take a look into their future

Really the point is women seeking an abortion most times are under stress and vulnerable and the abortion business takes advantage of it

Women need to know all the facts

22 posted on 02/23/2006 7:31:01 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won't back down)
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To: linda_22003

Well, thanks to the pro-abortion forces, we will never know if it might prevent abortions. Information is not something they market in, only fear.


23 posted on 02/23/2006 7:34:25 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

I disagree with you there; the fear comes from within the woman herself, when she is in an untenable position. I know of nothing like pregnancy, in that it is the best thing in the world if you want it, and the worst thing in the world if you don't. There is simply no in-between, for most women. Addressing the things that make it untenable can help to obviate the need for abortion, IMHO.


24 posted on 02/23/2006 7:40:03 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: Milltownmalbay
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.

I know I was talking about this same thing with my mother yesterday. I find it amazing what women go through to avoid responsibilities.

25 posted on 02/23/2006 7:44:32 AM PST by Reaper FReeper (sometimes I wonder what ADD is, but than I find myself chasing a butterfly.)
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To: linda_22003
There is fear that resides there, to be certain. But the pro-abortion forces work to bring that fear to a fevered pitch and do not allow things like "facts" to get in the way of fear.

A 10% chance of becoming barren? Not worth noting when your senior year of college is in jeopardy!

A 42% increased chance of major depression in the next decade? Not worth noting when you might have to tell your Dad that Rick and you have been sleeping together!

The fear does not orginate with the pro-abortion people, but they do their darndest to make sure that the fear is the driving force for the decision.

26 posted on 02/23/2006 7:45:57 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: linda_22003
when she is in an untenable position.

Hmmm I don't think the fact of pregancy is "untenable" in itself

I am a little confused with your postings here

Are you for or against abortion?

27 posted on 02/23/2006 7:47:41 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won't back down)
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To: apackof2

I don't line up perfectly on either side, so "for or against" is too black and white.

I don't like it; I don't like the fact that people could avoid a lot of their own problems if they took responsibility in advance.

I don't like that a government which supposedly supports individual decision-making makes a big honking exception in this area; I think abortion is a very private decision.

I'd like the problem to go away. I'd like it to be solved. I do not think making it illegal will do that, but it will still satisfy a lot of people because they can then tell themselves it's not happening, because they can't see it as easily. Basically, I think technology will solve the problem long before politics will.

In other words, I'm like a lot of Americans; I don't like it but I'm not willing to just say "ban it, that will solve everything."


28 posted on 02/23/2006 7:59:55 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: linda_22003
I'm like a lot of Americans

Actually you are in the minority, most Americans don't favor abortion on demand

I remember a time when abortion was illegal and the fact that it was forced some people to be more responsible

Of course morals played a huge role as most people "back in the day" believed in absolutes

Today most people prefer to live in that "grey area' because it gives them license to do what ever they feel like

As as far as, "I do not think making it illegal will do that," won't make all abortions disappear, just like putting bad guys behind bars will stop all crime, but it will sure save a hell of a lot lives so making abortion illegal is the only moral, logical choice to saving innocent lives who had no say in their conception

29 posted on 02/23/2006 8:13:23 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won't back down)
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To: apackof2

I remember when it was illegal, too. What I remember is that perhaps some were more responsible (how would we know, after all), but some wealthy girls at my prep school just disappeared for a week or two during term, on a sudden foreign vacation.

Women with money have always had, and always will have, choices. I don't think women will ever be prosecuted for a weekend trip to Toronto.


30 posted on 02/23/2006 8:16:46 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: linda_22003
Women with money have always had, and always will have, choices

Everyone, has choices, the Lord gave us freewill, you can choose to do the right thing or you can choose to do the wrong thing

Everyone, rich or poor has to live with the choices they make

If rich women were/are choosing to have abortions based on the fact that they could afford it then its better to be poor

Afteall "what profits a man to gain the world (wealth) yet lose his soul"

31 posted on 02/23/2006 8:33:40 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won't back down)
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To: Milltownmalbay; 4lifeandliberty; AbsoluteGrace; afraidfortherepublic; Alamo-Girl; ...

Pro-Life/Pro-Baby ping!

Please FReepmail me if you would like to be added to, or removed from, the Pro-Life/Pro-Baby ping list...

32 posted on 02/23/2006 9:03:07 AM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: linda_22003

I don't like murder, but I'm not willing to say, "Ban it, that will solve everything."


33 posted on 02/23/2006 9:06:52 AM PST by Theo
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...


34 posted on 02/23/2006 9:09:13 AM PST by Coleus (What were Ted Kennedy & his nephew doing on Good Friday, 1991? Getting drunk and raping women)
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To: linda_22003
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.

42% or 37 women out of 90 is very troubling to me. I wouldn't make light of something that affects women so negatively, often for a lifetime. It doesn't just affect their mood, it can affect how they view and treat their future children when and if they have them.

35 posted on 02/23/2006 9:09:23 AM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: Theo

Well, none of the proposed laws against it deal with it as murder, nor did they when it was illegal. Why is that? Even the partial birth abortion act only specifies a monetary fine and perhaps - perhaps - up to two years in jail for the doctor, with no punishment for the woman. Does that sound like legislators consider it murder?


36 posted on 02/23/2006 9:09:43 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: cgk

It's a noticeable percentage, but the response I see to polls on FR is uniformly, "that's not very many people.... they need a wide response to make it valid."


37 posted on 02/23/2006 9:10:38 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: Milltownmalbay

It's not until you sit with a woman in a quiet environment - fireside chat environment and have a serious talk about abortion that you hear their true feelings about it and specifically its effects.


38 posted on 02/23/2006 9:14:00 AM PST by Idisarthur
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To: apackof2
Everyone, has choices, the Lord gave us freewill, you can choose to do the right thing or you can choose to do the wrong thing

*************

Exactly right.

39 posted on 02/23/2006 9:22:26 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Theo
I don't like murder, but I'm not willing to say, "Ban it, that will solve everything."

See, we made murder illegal, now it's often done in a back alley somewhere and the cleanup can be very unsanitary.

Imagine how much money we could save if the police and courts weren't tied up going after murderers!

40 posted on 02/23/2006 9:23:53 AM PST by JohnnyZ (Happy New Year! Breed like dogs!)
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To: Idisarthur

Abortion is not a medical procedure, it is political. If it were medical health care providers would be responsible for informed consent that would include information on the severe clinical depression that occurs 40% of the time. A 24 hour waiting period would happen that would weed out 50% of the patients that weren't sure of their decision.

Abortions could be made rare and safe, by just making them follow best practice and medically responsible to malpractice standards.

It won't happen easily.

DK


41 posted on 02/23/2006 9:34:46 AM PST by Dark Knight
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To: Milltownmalbay

Imagine standing before St. Peter and telling him it was a "choice".


42 posted on 02/23/2006 9:47:45 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Former SAC Trained Killer)
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To: linda_22003
Ah, an abortion-shill newbie.

Guess what? Your comments are neither clever, nor insightful and they cannot justify your immoral agenda.

43 posted on 02/23/2006 10:02:08 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake

I didn't realize I was here to entertain you. Naturally, you are welcome to skip my posts.


44 posted on 02/23/2006 10:03:08 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: Milltownmalbay
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.

Abortion apalls me, but I consider this part of the study to be backwards. I would argue that, generally, the abortion doesn't cause a woman to become more abusive, but rather that a more abusive woman is more likely to have an abortion as she already has a lower respect for the pain caused others.

45 posted on 02/23/2006 10:03:32 AM PST by SeŮor Zorro ("The ability to speak does not make you intelligent"--Qui-Gon Jinn)
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To: linda_22003

And you are invited to take your advocacy of the murder of helpless innocent to someplace you are actually welcome.


46 posted on 02/23/2006 10:06:49 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake; linda_22003
There are a number of posters here who think abortion should not be banned. If it is well reasoned argument and not some trollish comment I think debate should be welcomed here.

If the mods tolerate the discussion let the debate continue.
47 posted on 02/23/2006 10:54:30 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: rollo tomasi

It did rather shut the thread down, didn't it? :)


48 posted on 02/23/2006 11:02:54 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: linda_22003
a 10% chance of complications is not a compelling deterrent to surgical procedures generally.

shiver.... surgical procedure...

49 posted on 02/23/2006 11:18:14 AM PST by Kaylee Frye
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To: Kaylee Frye

Don't shudder. I was speaking of them generally, meaning any and all.


50 posted on 02/23/2006 11:30:09 AM PST by linda_22003
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