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Planned Parenthood Misleads Women on Abortion's Mental Health Risks
Life News ^ | 1/30/07 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 01/30/2007 3:46:57 PM PST by wagglebee

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is coming under fire for continuing to mislead women about the mental health risks associated with having an abortion. In a statement released Tuesday by PPFA medical director Vanessa Cullins, the abortion business claims there are no emotional or psychological concerns.

Cullins answered a sample question from a Planned Parenthood supporter asking if "having an abortion emotionally and psychologically dangerous."

"No. Most women feel relief after an abortion," Cullins responded.

"But anti-choice extremists make false claims about this. They want people to believe that most women who choose abortion suffer severe and long lasting emotional trauma. This is not true," Cullins added.

"For more than 20 years, most scientific studies have found that emotional reactions to having abortion are relatively positive," Cullins explains.

However, her statements run counter to the latest research studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Dr. David Fergusson, a New Zealand college professor, published the results of a study he conducted in January 2006 which showed women who have abortions are more likely to become severely depressed.

"Those having an abortion had elevated rates of subsequent mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, suicidal behaviors and substance use disorders," said Fergusson, whose study was published in the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology

According to the study, 42 percent of the women who had abortions had experienced major depression within the last four years. That's almost double the rate of women who never became pregnant. The risk of anxiety disorders also doubled.

Women who had abortions were twice as likely to drink alcohol at dangerous levels and three times as likely to be addicted to illegal drugs compared with those who carried their pregnancies to term.

Fergusson's research was right in line with what professors at Bowling Green State University in Ohio found in 2004. They examined data on nearly 11,000 women between the ages of 15 and 34 who had experienced an unintended pregnancy. Dr. Priscilla Coleman, a research psychologist at BGSU, who published the report in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, said their survey found that women who have abortions of unexpected pregnancies were 30 percent more likely to experience subsequent problems with anxiety than those who don't have one.

Women in the study who had abortions and suffered from general anxiety disorder experienced irritability, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, a pounding or racing heart, or feelings of unreality.

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 an interview with a New Zealand newspaper about his study, Fergusson said he doesn't oppose abortion but his results show that abortion is dangerous for women.

"I'm pro-choice but I've produced results which, if anything, favor a pro-life viewpoint," he explained. "It's obvious I'm not acting out of any agenda except to do reasonable science about a difficult problem."

"Our study is strongly suggestive of a link between abortion and developing mental illness," he concluded.

Professor Fergusson plans a followup study next year asking more detailed questions about the women who had abortions.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; moralabsolutes; plannedparenthood; prolife
"No. Most women feel relief after an abortion," Cullins responded.

"For more than 20 years, most scientific studies have found that emotional reactions to having abortion are relatively positive," Cullins explains.

I'm sure that Satan has been saying pretty much the same thing ever since the Garden of Eden.

1 posted on 01/30/2007 3:47:01 PM PST by wagglebee
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2 posted on 01/30/2007 3:47:36 PM PST 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 01/30/2007 3:48:01 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

"But anti-choice extremists make false claims about this."

Anti-choice...interesting how they describe pro life people. But, sadly, it works I suppose.


4 posted on 01/30/2007 3:49:44 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: wagglebee

see:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arLMePn7lug


5 posted on 01/30/2007 3:52:39 PM PST by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: wagglebee

Just talk to a few women who have had abortions, nightmares, horror dreams, voices of babies, and lot's of guilt. I didn't know this was NEW, and would be called NEWS>


6 posted on 01/30/2007 3:59:43 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: rovenstinez

Nearly every women that I have ever talked to that has had an abortion has been forced to deal with extreme guilt and depression.


7 posted on 01/30/2007 4:01:50 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Planned Parenthood was started to keep blacks from breeding.


8 posted on 01/30/2007 4:09:06 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Hunter '08)
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To: freedomfiter2

And that is still one of their primary objectives.


9 posted on 01/30/2007 4:12:42 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

And that is still one of their primary objectives.

And they still get federal money. Where's Jesse?


10 posted on 01/30/2007 4:21:04 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Hunter '08)
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To: freedomfiter2

As long as Jesse gets HIS MONEY, he could care less.


11 posted on 01/30/2007 4:22:37 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Most women probably do feel relief right after their abortions.

Then the baby they killed starts to haunt them. Their conscious thought may find them innocent,but their conscience tells them they murdered their child.
Later when they wish to have a child they think of the one they murdered. Perhaps the one they murdered was healthy and the one they bear now isnt, they start to believe this is punishment. The mind plays funny tricks.

Saying that there are no ill effects from abortion is a lie.
In most cases where the mother is human and not a born killer to begin with there will be times of conscience.


12 posted on 01/30/2007 4:37:25 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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13 posted on 01/30/2007 5:21:45 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, insects)
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To: wagglebee
Check the first link in my post.

Abortion is not about saving women’s lives!

Studies Find Abortions Have Long-Term Effects

45,951,133

Total Abortions since 1973

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Why the drop after 1960? (in deaths of women from illegal abortions)

The reasons were new and better antibiotics, better surgery and the establishment of intensive care units in hospitals. This was in the face of a rising population. Between 1967 and 1970 sixteen states legalized abortion. In most it was limited, only for rape, incest and severe fetal handicap (life of mother was legal in all states). There were two big exceptions — California in 1967, and New York in 1970 allowed abortion on demand. Now look at the chart carefully.

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Abortion Statistics - Decision to Have an Abortion (U.S.)

· 25.5% of women deciding to have an abortion want to postpone childbearing

· 21.3% of women cannot afford a baby

· 14.1% of women have a relationship issue or their partner does not want a child

· 12.2% of women are too young (their parents or others object to the pregnancy)

· 10.8% of women feel a child will disrupt their education or career

· 7.9% of women want no (more) children

· 3.3% of women have an abortion due to a risk to fetal health

2.8% of women have an abortion due to a risk to maternal health

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So how many women’s lives have been saved by abortion?

Only about 3% of abortions since 1972 were reported to be “due to a risk to maternal health.” A reasonable person would recognize that not all of those cases represent a lethal risk. But let’s say they did. That means that nearly 45 million fetuses were butchered to save the lives of about 1.3 million women. Or put another way; 35 babies are killed to save each woman.

Abortion was legal in all 50 states prior to Roe v. Wade in cases of danger to the life of the woman.

Roe v Wade: FULL Text (The Decision that wiped out an entire Generation 33 years ago today)

14 posted on 01/30/2007 7:49:24 PM PST by TigersEye (Are your parents Pro-Choice? I guess you got lucky! ... Is your spouse? Your doctor?)
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To: wagglebee

**Abortion's Mental Health Risks**

Very few women understand what abortion does to them. I have listened to some of these women. So sad........


15 posted on 01/30/2007 9:34:55 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: wagglebee
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16 posted on 01/31/2007 3:52:34 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: wagglebee
Tiller the Killer performs more than 400 late term abortions a year, some are because the mother is depressed.

Yeah, kill her baby. That's solve her depression.

17 posted on 01/31/2007 10:53:31 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: wagglebee

Planned Parenthood always tries to hide the truth from women who come in for abortions. They fight tooth and nail against any effort to require them to share information with women on fetal development. They know that if they do, women will realize that there's a baby inside them, not a 'bunch of cells'.


18 posted on 01/31/2007 2:28:42 PM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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There was a big cover story in the New York Times Magazine January 21. It of course had the New York Times pro-death slant, despite some strenuous attempts to muffle it.

I do agree with Koop, however, quoted in the piece (I think it was he) as saying the focus should be kept on the babies. That is the true evil. A little depression is nothing compared with the loss of life.

Some treatment was given to the religious and nonreligious, pro-life and pro-abort postabortion counseling. I found some of the techniques a little sick: picking out baby shoes, holding dolls, giving the aborted child a name--especially when these techniques are used by pro-abort counselors.

The author's summing up of the religious healing that many women have found: You can't repent a depression, but you can repent an abortion, and wait to meet your perfect baby in heaven. In other words, it gives them a phony issue to focus on. Good for her for coming up to our expectations and being unsurprisingly blind to the quite real power of the Lord and repentance.

Tabi and Julie: will bring this thing on Sunday.

19 posted on 01/31/2007 5:39:11 PM PST by firebrand
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One of the silly women's mags - I think it was Glamour - had an article about pro abortion women who run a clinic, I believe in Pennsylvania, who put up a "grief wall" so that aborting women could express their grief. Of course, they can't explain how a woman could grieve over a "clump of cells". They are trying to coopt our arguments and give it their "I had no other choice" twist when, of course, there are other options. And of course, the stupid magazines such as Glamour fall in line with them.


20 posted on 02/01/2007 9:19:34 AM PST by juliej (vote gop)
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Obviously, Banned Parenthood (to quote a mutual friend) cares only about the Gloria Steinems and Kate Michelmans of the world who butcher their babies without a shred of remorse; they don't give a rat's tail about the women who DO suffer. Not only do they pretend they don't exist, but they frequently mock them. I remember a post-abortion "speak-out" in which a very brave woman shared her story, which included the horrible experience of rape. A lovely lady passing by on the street retorted, "That's your problem." Compassionate folks, those pro-aborts.


21 posted on 02/01/2007 7:22:22 PM PST by Tabi Katz
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22 posted on 02/02/2007 9:28:18 PM PST by cgk (Republicanism didn't make Conservatives a majority. Conservatism made Republicans a majority. [NEWT])
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People who have quit working for Planned Barrenhood should speak out.


23 posted on 02/03/2007 6:28:29 AM PST by juliej (vote gop)
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To: wagglebee

Classic Pro-choice bullshit from Cullins. EVERY woman I have ever known who has had an abortion (and usually before the age of 23) has suffered greatly because of it. Anyone woman with a soul will struggle with what she did for the rest of her life. Usually way more than the "man" responsible for his part in it will. No wonder all those Lefty politicos like Bill Clinton embrace "woman's right to choose" so warmly:
it's a win-win situation for him: he looks like a hero to the Nina Burleigh*'s of the world, while preserving his ace-in-the-hole of making abortion E-Z for the scores of
women "friendly acquaintances" of his who he made sure needed one.

* Nina Burleigh---lefty female "journalist" who during the reign of Bubba, conjured the awful scenario that women, to show their adoration of Bubba for his devotion to "preserve" abortion rights, should be willing to get down on their knees and service him.
(Uhhhhh, Nina---that's just what HE had in mind,too.)


24 posted on 02/03/2007 8:48:06 PM PST by supremedoctrine ("Talent hits a target no one else can hit, genius hits a target no one else can see"--Schopenhauer)
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25 posted on 02/03/2007 8:48:45 PM PST by narses ("Freedom is about authority." - Rudolph Giuliani)
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"Abortion was legal in all 50 states prior to Roe v. Wade in cases of danger to the life of the woman." I've been posting that fact for more than a decade ... at least now one posting it isn't assaulted by the abortion apologists at FR. But the lies have gone on so loudly for so long that the significance of the truth is lost on today's readers.


26 posted on 02/03/2007 8:56:10 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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To: wagglebee

Classic Pro-choice bullshit from Cullins. EVERY woman I have ever known who has had an abortion (and usually before the age of 23) has suffered greatly because of it. Anyone woman with a soul will struggle with what she did for the rest of her life. Usually way more than the "man" responsible for his part in it will. No wonder all those Lefty politicos like Bill Clinton embrace "woman's right to choose" so warmly:
it's a win-win situation for him: he looks like a hero to the Nina Burleigh*'s of the world, while preserving his ace-in-the-hole of making abortion E-Z for the scores of
women "friendly acquaintances" of his who he made sure needed one.

* Nina Burleigh---lefty female "journalist" who during the reign of Bubba, conjured the awful scenario that women, to show their adoration of Bubba for his devotion to "preserve" abortion rights, should be willing to get down on their knees and service him.
(Uhhhhh, Nina---that's just what HE had in mind,too.)


27 posted on 02/03/2007 10:01:55 PM PST by supremedoctrine ("Talent hits a target no one else can hit, genius hits a target no one else can see"--Schopenhauer)
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Thanks for the ping!


28 posted on 02/03/2007 10:59:30 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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Oh, I don't know. I think minds are changing. It takes time to change minds. Good for you for enduring the insults and persisting. I remember how different it was on FR years ago.


29 posted on 02/04/2007 1:06:11 AM PST by TigersEye (Ego chatters endlessly on. Mind speaks in great silence.)
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In a statement released Tuesday by PPFA medical director Vanessa Cullins, the abortion business claims there are no emotional or psychological concerns.

In a pig's eye!

30 posted on 02/06/2007 1:44:06 PM PST by pray4liberty (http://totallyunjust.tripod.com)
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