Skip to comments.Post-Abortion Counselor Confirms Abortions Cause Women Mental Health Issues
Posted on 01/14/2009 4:27:10 PM PST by wagglebee
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- While numerous studies confirm abortions cause women subsequent mental health issues, abortion advocates downplay them so abortion isn't seed in a negative light. But one doctor who counsels women after abortions says the proof is in the actual experiences of women who regret their choice.
Dr. Linda Mintle, who counsels women after abortions, says she sees problems such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse on a regular basis in the women who have had abortions.
"Abortion is a loss," Mintle told CBN News on Wednesday.
"It's a loss of a life and so it only makes sense that even though you thought in your mind that this is what you wanted to do, it feels very out of control once they do it, so that out of control loss feeling results in anxiety," she explained.
To deal with the psychological pain of an abortion they grieve, Mintle says women often turn to drugs or alcohol and eventually develop additions to those substances.
While groups such as the American Psychological Association, which is controlled by abortion advocates, deny the abortion-mental health link, Mintle told CBN News that an honest evaluation of post-abortion women reveals it exists.
"I have to tell you that I feel there is a lot of political pressure put on researchers and therapists to not really talk about the down side of abortion because there is such a strong pro-choice lobby in this country," Mintle said.
She told the news service that women should be given information before an abortion telling them of these post-abortion mental health complications.
Mintle's comments follow the release of three new studies from researchers across the globe that confirmed an abortion-mental health issue link exists.
Dr. Priscilla Coleman, a professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University, and her colleagues published a study in December in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.
The research team found induced abortions result in increased risks for a myriad of mental health problems ranging from anxiety to depression to substance abuse disorders.
The number of cases of mental health issues rose by as much as 17 percent in women having abortions compared to those who didn't have one and the risks of each particular mental health problem rose as much as 145% for post-abortive women.
For 12 out of 15 of the mental health outcomes examined, a decision to have an abortion resulted in an elevated risk for women.
"What is most notable in this study is that abortion contributed significant independent effects to numerous mental health problems above and beyond a variety of other traumatizing and stressful life experiences," they concluded.
Also last month, researchers at Otago University in New Zealand reported their findings in the British Journal of Psychiatry and found that women who have abortions have an increased risk of developing mental health problems.
The study found that women who had abortions had rates of mental health problems about 30% higher than other women. The conditions most associated with abortion included anxiety disorders and substance abuse disorders.
Abortions increased the risk of severe depression and anxiety by one-third and as many as 5.5 percent of all mental health disorders seen in New Zealand result from women having abortions.
A third study, from a team at the University of Queensland and published in the December issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, found women who have an abortion are three times more likely to experience a drug or alcohol problem during their lifetime.
The study showed that women who had experienced an abortion were at increased risk of illicit drug and alcohol use compared with women who had never been pregnant or who gave birth.
Yep, killing the baby is far more important than the mother's health.
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Well the pro-choice group would argue the depression comes from the pressure of pro-life groups and not from any true moral guilt.
That means that Arianna Huffington must've had like 1000 abortions.
Well, they would be lying of course. If there were not pre-existing "true moral guilt," whatever that means, your so-called "pressure" would make no difference.
I have counselled dozens of women traumatized by abortion and not one yet has mentioned ever feeling such hypothetical "pressure of pro-life groups."
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.
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
So how many womens 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 lets 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.
RIGHT, the guilt of killing a child can't possibly be a factor. (EXTREME sarcasm)
You do realize that FR is a PRO-LIFE forum don't you?
How could you possibly know this. Do you have any proof?
We all know that, I am sure you have seen the video of the Rockford abortion clinic which shows the true nature of those who support abortion.
When you were wandering around the Internet on Christmas Day, looking for a place to spread Satan’s message, you wandered into the wrong house. This is Free Republic. A very Christian, very Conservative forum. Take your message over to DU and/or Daily KOS.
This guy is about 35 years behind the times. It’s been known for at least that long that having an abortion causes mental and/or health problems for pretty much every woman who has one.
That’s a wonderful site where men and women alike can go for healing. Thanks for posting it.
I love Father Pavone. He’s a man of integrity. He lives what he preaches, and he preaches God’s message.
A statistic I would love to know that will never see the light of day......how many girls/women were rendered sterile after a legal abortion? This is a real possibility but no one ever talks about this.
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