There is absolutely no problem on earth that abortion does not make much worse:
- You’re not ready to be a mother? Have an abortion and you will almost certainly suffer post-abortion syndrome — and be a grieving mother.
- You’re poor? Have an abortion and you will almost certainly suffer post-abortion syndrome — and be several hundred dollars poorer.
- You’re in an abusive relationship? Have an abortion, probably coerced by him, and you will almost certainly suffer post-abortion syndrome — and still be with an abuser.
- You’re a rape victim and are (very rarely) pregnant? Have an abortion and you will almost certainly suffer post-abortion syndrome — and still lack healing for the emotional and physical pain of rape.
- You’ve been told that your baby may have a birth defect/health challenge? Have an abortion and you will almost certainly suffer post-abortion syndrome — and grieve a person worthy of your love and meant bless you in a special way in return, and who quite possibly had nothing whatsoever wrong with her body to begin with. (“Most individuals called positive by screening are false positive. That is, although the screening test is positive, the diagnostic test will be negative for the condition.” Yet, the “genetic counselor” is quick to pressure you into an early abortion!)
Abortion hurts women! Various medical sources cited in one article indicate that:
Abortion increases risk of maternal mortality. A 13-year study that included the entire female population of Finland, ages 15-49 years of age, showed that the maternal death rate of abortion is 3 times higher than childbirth. The study is published in the American Journal of ObGyn. This finding is confirmed in other studies showing that in similar regions of the world, countries in which abortion is illegal have a much lower incidence of maternal mortality than do countries where is it legal.
Abortion increases risks for future pregnancies, including premature birth and cerebral palsy. Meta-research, examining 37 other studies, shows significant correlation between abortion and subsequent risks to low birth weight, premature birth and cerebral palsy. This risks rise dramatically with multiple abortions. Multiple abortions cause a 93% increase in the risk of future premature births. A Mayo Clinic doctor confirms this and explains how abortion can weaken the cervix and cause scarring on the inside of the uterus.
Abortion increases risk of breast cancer. Research published in the World Journal of Surgical Oncology shows that abortion increases risk of breast cancer 66%. Incidence of breast cancer in China has increased 39% in a 9 year period, subsequent to the One Child Abortion policy.
Abortion increases risk of mental health disorders. A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that abortion provides no mental health benefits and some women have an increased risk of depression, substance abuse, thoughts of suicide, and other mental health disorders by 30%. A study published in the Medical Science Monitor indicated that 65% of American women suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following an abortion, and the women attributed the PTSD to the abortion itself.
Abortion increases conflict in primary relationship. Published in the The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (TOG), a study indicated that 30% of women who had a second abortion were in an abusive relationship. Another study found that abortion increased the frequency of arguments about money, relatives, jealousy, and drugs.
Legalized abortion provides greater opportunity for women to be manipulated and coerced. A study published in the Medical Science Monitor indicates that 64% of women who had an abortion, felt pressured or coerced to do so. Greater than 50% felt rushed or uncertain about the decision, and greater than 80% felt that they received inadequate counseling prior to making the decision.
Legalized abortion puts pregnant women at greater risk for violence and homicide. Violence against pregnant women is increasing. In a New Auckland University study, it was found that 10% of pregnant women in the sample were victims of violence with 75% of that group having been physically beaten by the father of the child. Women who suffered violence were 3 times more likely to have an abortion. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that the leading cause of death of pregnant women in the U.S. is homicide. A study published in Public Health, indicated that the risk of domestic violence increases by 196% in the primary relationship after an abortion.
Abortion puts female fetuses at risk. In many cultures, it is preferred that boys are born, rather than girls. Sex-selection abortion is common throughout the world and is becoming more common in the U.S.
The alternatives are not easy, but they are full of hope. Mothers who choose to bear and raise their children, and mothers who choose to make an adoption plan for their children, find that help is always available!
If you or anyone you know is experiencing an unexpected pregnancy and need practical and emotional support, there is always an abortion alternative that will protect the health and well-being of both you and your baby, and there are always people who will stand by you!
If you or anyone you know is experiencing post-abortion trauma, healing is always available and there are always people who will stand by you!
To find post-abortion help in your area, you can visit the Website or call Project Rachel.
Finally, you can always contact me for a friendly ear, a hand, and a prayer!