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Post-Abortion Syndrome

There are at least two victims in every abortion: baby and mother. Abortion also brings devastation to the father and other family members. The effects of post-abortion syndrome can plague people for their entire lives.

Is there a correlation between abortion and substance abuse?

According to afterabortion.org, a 2005 report by the British Journal of Health Psychology shows that women with a history of induced abortion are three times more likely to use illegal drugs during a subsequent pregnancy. The study supports a growing body of evidence which suggests that later pregnancies may arouse unresolved grief over prior abortions which women seek to suppress by increased reliance on drugs and alcohol. Researchers from Bowling State University, the University of Texas, and the Elliot Institute arrived at the conclusion using data provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

At least 21 previous studies have also found that women with a history of abortion are subsequently at increased risk for drug and alcohol abuse.

“Medical professionals should be aware of these issues so they can more easily identify which pregnant women are at greater risk of substance abuse,” states Dr. David Reardon of the Elliott Institute. “Referral to post-abortion counseling and substance abuse programs may not only help protect the unborn child from exposure to dangerous substances, it may also help the mother to resolve issues related to the traumas of past abortions.”

Is there a correlation between abortion and sleep disorders?

According to a new study published in Sleep, the official journal for the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, women who have had abortions are more likely to be treated for sleep disorders or disturbances compared to women who gave birth. The findings were based on the examination of medical records for over 50,000 women in California who gave birth or underwent an abortion. The difference was greatest in the first 180 days following an abortion or live birth, when aborting women were twice as likely to seek treatment for sleep disorders.

How does abortion on demand affect the mental health of women?

That’s the question a group of researchers set out to answer in a landmark study entitled “State-Funded Abortions Versus Deliveries: A Comparison of Outpatient Mental Health Claims Over Four Years” published in the fall of 2002 by the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

The results? Women who have abortions are 17% more likely to suffer mental health problems as compared to women who carry their pregnancies to term.

Here is a snapshot look at specific results:

  • Within the first 90 days after the pregnancy the abortion group had 63% more mental health claims than the birth group.
  • In subsequent time periods the abortion group consistently had a higher percentage of mental health claims than the birth group: 42% (180 days), 30% (one year), and 16% (two years).
  • Women in the abortion group had significantly higher rates of treatment for bipolar disorder, neurotic depression, and schizophrenic disorder.
  • Women in the abortion group had higher rates of treatment for anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse.

Unfortunately most women who consider abortion are never told about the mental trauma that abortion can cause. If you know someone considering abortion, please take the time to share the findings of this recent study with her.

Whatever happened to Jane Roe?

Norma McCorvey, better known by the name “Jane Roe” as the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade, spent most of her adult life identified for her role in ushering in abortion on demand. Now she is unashamedly pro-life and is appealing to the court to reverse the infamous decision.

In 1972 Norma was poor, unmarried, and pregnant for the third time when she became the plaintiff in a suit that sought to strike down Texas law that made most abortions illegal. Norma lied about being raped because she did not want to disappoint her attorney (who was looking for the right case to try and make abortion legal) and actually gave birth to the baby she claimed she wanted to abort. But that made no difference to the court, and on January 22, 1973, the history of the United States was changed forever when Roe vs. Wade and its companion case, Doe vs. Bolton, created the right to unrestricted abortion in all fifty states.

On June 20, 2003, Norma McCorvey – the woman whose suit started it all – officially petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse Roe vs. Wade. Breathing a sigh of relief as she exited the courthouse, Norma said she felt as if “the weight of the world” had been lifted from her shoulders.

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