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Teens Cope With Unwanted Pregnancies Better Than Abortions, Study Shows
Life News ^ | 8/11/06 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 08/11/2006 5:12:31 PM PDT by wagglebee

Bowling Green, OH (LifeNews.com) -- A new study published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence refutes a long-standing contention that teenagers are better able to handle an abortion than dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. The study finds that adolescent girls who have an abortion are five times more likely to seek help for psychological and emotional problems than those who keep their baby.

Dr. Priscilla Coleman, a research psychologist at Bowling Green State University, led the study.

Coleman also found that teenagers who have abortions instead of carrying the pregnancy to term were also over three times more likely to report subsequent trouble sleeping, and nine times more likely to report subsequent marijuana use.

To factor out other reasons that may have prompted the need for psychological help, sleep difficulties or drug use, Coleman examined 17 other variables such as prior mental health history and family factors.

That helped narrow down the study to make sure it focused only on the results after the abortion or birth decision.

Data for the study came from a federally-funded longitudinal study of adolescents from throughout the U.S. who participated in two series of interviews in 1995 and 1996.

About 76 percent of girls who had abortions and 80 percent of girls who gave birth were between the ages of 15 and 19 during the survey and the rest were younger teenagers.

Previous studies have found that younger abortion patients may be more likely to experience difficulties coping after abortion compared to older women. That may be because they are more likely to be pressured into unwanted abortions or to undergo abortions later in the pregnancy, leading to more physical and emotional risk.

A 2004 survey of American and Russian women published in the Medical Science Monitor found that 64 percent of American women reported that they felt pressured into abortion.

Coleman said that for teens, the pressure probably comes from the fact that they are more likely to be perceived as unready to be parents and that abortion is often seen by those around them as the best solution.

"When women feel forced into abortion by others or by life circumstances, negative post-abortion outcomes become more common," she wrote. "Adolescents are generally much less prepared to assume the responsibility of parenthood and are logically the recipients of pressure to abort."

Coleman pointed out that, while having a child as a teen may be problematic, "the risks of terminating seem to be even more pronounced."

"The scientific evidence is now strong and compelling," Coleman said. "Abortion poses more risks to women than giving birth."

In a statement LifeNews.com obtained, Dr. David Reardon, the director of the Elliot Institute, said that Coleman's study was particularly important because it examines pregnancy "wantedness."

"Over the last six years, numerous studies have conclusively linked higher rates of mental illness and behavioral problems associated with abortion compared to childbirth," Reardon, who has contributed to more than a dozen studies examining psychological outcomes after abortion, said.

"But abortion advocates have generally dismissed these findings, insisting that while women who abort may fare worse than women who give birth to planned children, they may fare better than the important subgroup of women who carry unintended pregnancies to term," Reardon explained. "Coleman's study addresses this argument and shows that the facts don't support abortion advocates' speculations."

The results of the study are also important because about one-fourth of the abortions that take place annually in the United States are done on teenagers, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a Planned Parenthood affiliate.

As such, the study shows that teenagers should be advised to not have an abortion in order to avoid both short and long-term emotional and psychological complications.

Source: Priscilla K. Coleman, "Resolution of Unwanted Pregnancy During Adolescence Through Abortion Versus Childbirth: Individual and Family Predictors and Psychological Consequences," Journal of Youth and Adolescence (2006).


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; moralabsolutes; prolife; teenpregnancy; teensex
"Over the last six years, numerous studies have conclusively linked higher rates of mental illness and behavioral problems associated with abortion compared to childbirth," Reardon, who has contributed to more than a dozen studies examining psychological outcomes after abortion, said.

"But abortion advocates have generally dismissed these findings, insisting that while women who abort may fare worse than women who give birth to planned children, they may fare better than the important subgroup of women who carry unintended pregnancies to term," Reardon explained. "Coleman's study addresses this argument and shows that the facts don't support abortion advocates' speculations."

The abortofascists just want to kill as many babies as possible, they never really cared about pregnant women.

1 posted on 08/11/2006 5:12:33 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 08/11/2006 5:13:09 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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3 posted on 08/11/2006 5:13:58 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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You are right. People gasp in horror about ancient cultures where babies were sacrificed to give them military victories or exposed (girl babies especially) to provide population control and feed the vultures. Nothing in the past compares to America's slaughter of the innocents. Clergy pray for abortion on demand. Doctors and nurses provide them. Taxpayers fund them. Teachers funnel the girls into the abortion factories. Social workers support the system with gusto. Politicians furrow their brows and carry on as usual.


4 posted on 08/11/2006 5:15:57 PM PDT by sine_nomine (Confidential to Bush: protect the borders. The first word in "illegal immigrant" is...?)
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Gee, what a shocker. Who could've imagined that killing a baby could create emotional distress? I guess if you don't have a conscience to begin with, it's no big deal. Unfortunately for abortion advocates, there's very few psychopaths out there who can support their claims of "everybody's better off if unwanted children are aborted."


5 posted on 08/11/2006 5:19:38 PM PDT by highimpact
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Bet the mainstream media is going to pick right up on this...you know so we can help all those pregnant young women; after all isn't that who the pro-death camp claims to want to help when they push abortion. Pick right up on this....sure, any minute now.


6 posted on 08/11/2006 5:25:23 PM PDT by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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I feel so bad for these children.

We, their parents, have failed them.


7 posted on 08/11/2006 5:41:07 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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Except these aren't women, they very young teenagers.


8 posted on 08/11/2006 5:46:20 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: wagglebee

Bump


9 posted on 08/11/2006 6:05:35 PM PDT by gobucks (Blissful Marriage: A result of a worldly husband's transformation into the Word's wife.)
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Bet the mainstream media is going to pick right up on this...you know so we can help all those pregnant young women; after all isn't that who the pro-death camp claims to want to help when they push abortion. Pick right up on this....sure, any minute now.

Yeah, I know they will include this with the story about how many people are waiting to adopt infants in the U.S. but there aren't any to adopt. Or one about it being easier to adopt outside the country.

10 posted on 08/11/2006 6:13:44 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: wagglebee

I suppose it just never occurred to the pro-abortion crowd that some people still just might have trouble with the concept of murder. I guess they don't realize, or understand, that some people have a conscience; or maybe don't even know what a conscience is...


11 posted on 08/11/2006 6:29:01 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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12 posted on 08/11/2006 7:05:05 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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13 posted on 08/11/2006 7:37:56 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: wagglebee

BTTT!


14 posted on 08/11/2006 7:55:49 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: wagglebee

Dr. Reardon has been studying this issue of abortion's psychological effects for many years. He is one of the most qualified people around to comment on this.


15 posted on 08/11/2006 11:14:47 PM PDT by Lexinom
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