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Post-Abortion Counselor Confirms Abortions Cause Women Mental Health Issues
Life News ^ | 1/14/09 | Steven Ertelt

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.


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"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.

Yep, killing the baby is far more important than the mother's health.

1 posted on 01/14/2009 4:27:10 PM PST by wagglebee
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2 posted on 01/14/2009 4:27:36 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 01/14/2009 4:28:14 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Well the pro-choice group would argue the depression comes from the pressure of pro-life groups and not from any true moral guilt.


4 posted on 01/14/2009 4:29:49 PM PST by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: wagglebee
Post-Abortion Counselor Confirms Abortions Cause Women Mental Health Issues

That means that Arianna Huffington must've had like 1000 abortions.

5 posted on 01/14/2009 4:32:23 PM PST by exist
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6 posted on 01/14/2009 4:44:59 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: LukeL
Well the pro-choice group would argue the depression comes from the pressure of pro-life groups and not from any true moral guilt.

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."

7 posted on 01/14/2009 4:53:28 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: wagglebee
Abortion is not about saving women’s lives!

Studies Find Abortions Have Long-Term Effects

An Unexpected Correlation: The Legacy of Abortion

Study: Previous Abortions Linked With Pre-Term Birth and Cerebral Palsy

American Psychological Association Ignores Abortion-Depression Link

Study finds depression suffered by 80% of women who abort

Post-Abortion Counselor Confirms Abortions Cause Women Mental Health Issues

48,589,993

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)

9 posted on 01/14/2009 4:54:56 PM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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Women with mental health issues after an abortion probably had the same mental health issues before they ever had sex in the first place.

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?

10 posted on 01/14/2009 4:58:21 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Southsider

How could you possibly know this. Do you have any proof?


11 posted on 01/14/2009 5:01:15 PM PST by beandog
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To: hinckley buzzard

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.


12 posted on 01/14/2009 5:04:48 PM PST by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: Southsider

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.


13 posted on 01/14/2009 5:04:50 PM PST by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~ Þ)
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To: wagglebee

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.


14 posted on 01/14/2009 5:06:01 PM PST by mtg
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To: BykrBayb
See also THIS wonderful website:
www.abortionCHANGESyou.com

15 posted on 01/14/2009 5:06:45 PM PST by RonDog
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To: Southsider

Wrong.


16 posted on 01/14/2009 5:09:01 PM PST by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: RonDog

That’s a wonderful site where men and women alike can go for healing. Thanks for posting it.


17 posted on 01/14/2009 5:14:33 PM PST by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~ Þ)
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To: RonDog; BykrBayb
Rachel's Vineyard (Fr. Frank Pavone is the pastoral director) has wonderful resources and they also offer retreats.
18 posted on 01/14/2009 5:19:25 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

I love Father Pavone. He’s a man of integrity. He lives what he preaches, and he preaches God’s message.


19 posted on 01/14/2009 5:21:44 PM PST by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~ Þ)
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To: wagglebee

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.


20 posted on 01/14/2009 5:23:29 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: originalbuckeye

I have a feeling that the number is fairly high, but you are right that this statistic will NEVER see the light of day.


21 posted on 01/14/2009 5:25:27 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: TigersEye

hello, TigersEye. Thanks for the statistics. Do you have more where those came from? I am in need of some, if you do.


22 posted on 01/14/2009 8:47:15 PM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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Post-Abortion Counselor Confirms Abortions Cause Women Mental Health Issues

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Post-Abortion Counselor Confirms Abortions Cause Women Mental Health Issues

(Wesley J. Smith) Prediction: 2009 Will See More Abortion, Assisted Suicide and Human Cloning

Child maids now being exported to US

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MSNBC's Olbermann Attacks Pro-Life Advocates on Obama Picking Schiavo Atty

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Mexican Socialists Threaten Church for Opposing Abortion, Homosexual “Marriage," Euthanasia

Quebec kids to learn Orwellian spirituality (Quebec school kids forced to study moral relativism)

Walking in a demographic winter wonderland (coming collapse of population growth)

Why Not You? (on suffering)

23 posted on 01/14/2009 9:31:57 PM PST by Coleus (Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!)
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Rachel's Vineyard Ministries




25 posted on 01/14/2009 9:39:53 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: MountainFlower

I’m sorry, MountainFlower, that is all I have. You might find more through the links in my post. I also see someone has posted a bunch right below your request. I wish I could be of more help but I did most of my research a few years ago. Now I just add something when I run across it on FR.


26 posted on 01/14/2009 9:48:42 PM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: Southsider

If abortion doesn’t matter, why post to this thread? Just to be contrary?


28 posted on 01/14/2009 9:52:43 PM PST by informavoracious
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To: Southsider

Women with mental health issues after an abortion probably have a conscience.


30 posted on 01/14/2009 9:53:49 PM PST by informavoracious
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DU has locked me out three times. Apparently I’m not very good at hiding my contempt for their members and their worldview.

As for FR, I think there ought to be room here for conservatives who don’t believe in Satan or God and don’t believe abortion is the only issue that matters.

If you think the owner of this forum should be required to provide you with the resources for spreading a message that he is opposed to, take it up with him, not me.

I choose to be a member of FR (with the owner's gracious permission) because I agree with the mission, policies, and most of all the agenda of FR. If at some point that changes, I won't demand that JR or anyone else be required to provide me with resources to spread my message, in opposition to his. I'll leave, as any decent person would. As long as he's paying the bills, he has a right to decide what message his forum sends out. If you disagree, you have options, but requiring JR to pay for your message, in opposition to his own, is not one of those options.

31 posted on 01/14/2009 9:53:59 PM PST by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~ Þ)
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To: TigersEye

Thank you!


33 posted on 01/14/2009 10:17:02 PM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: MountainFlower

I didn’t help you at all ... but you’re welcome! ;-)


34 posted on 01/14/2009 10:23:02 PM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: TigersEye
Very compelling information. I hope you will continue to post it on these pro-life threads, because people really need to understand this issue and they're not going to see the truth about abortion in the MSM.
35 posted on 01/15/2009 5:35:49 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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Excellent post, BB.


36 posted on 01/15/2009 5:37:46 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: Southsider

It has nothing to do with being in agreement on the issue. You’re just wrong, that’s all. I’m betting you have spent very little time, if any at all, discussing the matter with post-abortive women.


37 posted on 01/15/2009 6:00:45 AM PST by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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Yes. But is it a litmus test? Can you not be a stolid conservative without being fixated on the abortion issue?

First of all, you HAVE NOT given ANY proof to back up your absurd claim that post-abortive women who have mental health problems had them before killing their babies.

Secondly, it IS a litmus test to those of us who value the sanctity of life. Abortion has caused more damage to this country than ANY tragedy in American history, even the economic problems we have today are DIRECTLY related to abortion.

Finally, of course you can be a conservative without being "fixated" on abortion, but what you and your ilk want conservatives to do is IGNORE abortion.

38 posted on 01/15/2009 6:34:24 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Actually, they are telling the truth, from their perspective.

They believe that if there were no reminders of how wrong abortion is, including religious reminders and especially in public policy (law),

then there would be no reminder of the guilt involved in killing your own baby.

This is the impetus behind, I’m conjecturing, 90% of all “pro-choice” women.


39 posted on 01/15/2009 6:37:20 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Southsider

Just like you cannot be a solid conservative and reject the idea of a Creator,

you cannot be a solid conservative and believe that babies can be killed for the convenience of others without any guilt or moral wrong assigned.


40 posted on 01/15/2009 6:39:56 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: informavoracious

ALL people have a conscience that reminds us of our behavioral choices.

Romans 2:14-15 (New King James Version)
14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

Now, women who have an abortion know full well what they did, and they choose one of two paths: guilt (and maybe repentance), or justification.


41 posted on 01/15/2009 6:42:42 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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DU has locked me out three times.

All very interesting, but I'd be more interested in knowing how many times you have been banned from Free Republic prior to signing up three weeks ago.

As for FR, I think there ought to be room here for conservatives who don’t believe in Satan or God and don’t believe abortion is the only issue that matters.

I guess you don't believe in rights either since those come from God.

As far as abortion, if it doesn't matter to you WHY are you on a thread about abortion. There are topics on FR which don't interest me (I could care less about American Idol for instance) and I stay off of those.

The reality is that abortion DOES matter and it matters just as much for abortion supporters like you as it does for those of us who oppose it. YOUR agenda is to make abortion not matter to the pro-life movement because you want us to be silent and we won't.

42 posted on 01/15/2009 6:48:47 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Southsider

Your theory is untestable.

You cannot re-run history, take abortion out of the picture, and examine “black crime” statistics.

I can equally conjecture that “black crime” would have been further reduced without policies such as abortion and welfare that promoted sex and procreation outside of marriage.

More fathers = less crime. You can’t honestly say that’s false.


45 posted on 01/15/2009 7:45:22 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Southsider

The mental health issues stem from the conscience constantly screaming at you

“YOU KILLED YOUR OWN BABY!”


46 posted on 01/15/2009 7:46:02 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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I think guilt and moral wrong are involved, yes, to a degree.

Mental health issues involved — eh, I’m skeptical.

So, you are incapable of seeing how guilt can create mental and emotional problems?

47 posted on 01/15/2009 7:47:29 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Well, since your other post was removed I will respond to this one.

You are not only a pro-abortion troll, you are a pathetic racist.


48 posted on 01/15/2009 7:50:39 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Exactly. And a woman's conscience isn't screaming that before the trip to the slaughterhouse.
50 posted on 01/15/2009 7:54:42 AM PST by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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