Friday, December 19, 2008

Abortion Consequences, Psychological Problems and Death

A preliminary report by a working group of psychiatrists studying the psychological effects of abortion states that women who obtain abortions have significantly elevated rates of depression, suicidal thoughts, sexual disturbances, and other psychological disorders. They also die at higher rates than non-abortive women.

The report, which examines manifestations of Post-Abortion Syndrome, was authored by Carmen Gomez-Lavin of the University of Navarra in Spain. It states that 80 percent of women who had had abortions suffer from symptoms of depression, and 40 percent have contemplated suicide.

In addition, 70% of such women exhibit irritability, 60% suffer behavioral disturbances, 40% experience sexual disturbances, and 30% have been involved in drug abuse.

The report also states that women who obtain abortions have a mortality rate 3.5 to 6 times higher, and a suicide rate between 6 and 7 times higher than that of women who give birth.

"The scientific evidence demonstrates that having an abortion, far from improving the psychological health of the woman, causes serious psychological disturbances in a majority of them," writes Gomez-Lavin.

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Liz said...

This just seems like common sense to me. If you take the life of an innocent for selfish reasons, wouldn't you feel bad? It's not so surprising really. Research is always good, though - validating - so thanks.

Secular Heretic said...

I guess some people will not believe the damage that is done without research. Then again some still refuse to accept that abortion causes problems later.

Anonymous said...

I don't get the 'higher death rate' bit. We all die whether we've ahd an abortion or not.
Do you mean that women who have had an abortion die at a younger age than those who have not had an abortion.

Secular Heretic said...

Good question Anonymous.

The best course of action would be to track down the report and try and put their statement into context.

Perhaps they are talking about attempted suicides which fail versus successful attempts resulting in death.

You can go to life site for the complete article but it doesn't say much more than I already have.

Liz said...

Well, if petting an animal can add ten years to your life, I'd say it's be pretty easy to assume that going through something as emotionally taxing as an abortion can subtract ten years from your life (or more).