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Emotional Toll Of Abortion – The Untold Story

 

…we must be willing to go down the same emotional road that women have traveled, a road they have traced as they tell their stories.

 

As reported recently by the Associated Press and MSNBC “Abortion does not increase a woman’s chance of developing mental health problems, according to a British health agency’s review of dozens of studies worldwide over 20 years.” Abortion doesn’t raise mental illness risk

 

No studies finding contrary results was offered of the emotional and mental health toll abortion has on women. Just a whitewashing of the complexities of women’s decision to terminate her child.

Most of America’s major news companies tend to be liberal to left leaning. Often and deliberatley exerting little effort to challenge the public to think through various facets of critical cultural issues – from uncommitted hetero-sexual behavior, homosexuality and other sexual behaviors, the benefits of stable marriages for society, political issues and candidates to abortion. Offering insights into the darker side of abortion would not serve the liberal agenda of the media of no-consequences sex and abortion.

Millions of people across America are begining to view the mainstream media as manipulative and untrustworthy, offering slanted and deceptive propaganda. The MSM will only regain the public’s confidence and trust when they prove to be more intellectually vigorous and honest, truly offering thorough and complete reporting of issues.

 
 
 
 

Most couples experience feelings of loss after an abortion even if the pregnancy was not suspected or planned

 
 

Emotional Side Effects Of Abortion
(LiveStrong.com) Abortion can be an elective or sometimes a medically necessary procedure. Society often underestimates the emotional problems that plague the would-be mothers and families following an abortion, according to “Introduction to Maternity and Pediatric Nursing” by Gloria Leifer. Abortion is also the medical term for a miscarriage and is documented in medical files as such. Even if the pregnancy is unplanned the family usually experiences a range of emotional side effects following an abortion.

 
 

Study Shows Abortion Takes Toll on Adolescent Mental Health
(LifeSiteNews.com) Adolescent women experience far graver risks of mental and emotional health problems from abortion than they do by carrying their “unintended pregnancies” to term according to a new US study. The study, published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescents, proves without a doubt that abortion – not the “unintended pregnancy” – causes severe mental health problems in young women.

 

Abortion Stories
(Isis International) What seems clear to me is that the women travel down a road of feelings and perceptions, starting from when they discover their unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, make the decision to terminate that pregnancy, and then cope with the consequences. No woman, at least judging from the stories I have heard, seems to have been unmoved or unchanged by the experience. The women continue to swing back and forth from certainty and conviction, to doubt and questioning.

 

THE Psychological Effects Of Abortion
(Elliot Institute) Researchers investigating post-abortion reactions report only one positive emotion: relief. This emotion is understandable, especially in light of the fact that the majority of aborting women report feeling under intense pressure to “get it over with.”8,23

Temporary feelings of relief are frequently followed by a period psychiatrists identify as emotional “paralysis,” or post-abortion “numbness.” Like shell-shocked soldiers, these aborted women are unable to express or even feel their own emotions. Their focus is primarily on having survived the ordeal, and they are at least temporarily out of touch with their feelings.

Studies within the first few weeks after the abortion have found that between 40 and 60 percent of women questioned report negative reactions. Within 8 weeks after their abortions, 55% expressed guilt, 44% complained of nervous disorders, 36% had experienced sleep disturbances, 31% had regrets about their decision, and 11% had been prescribed psychotropic medicine by their family doctor.

 

 

The emotional toll that abortion has on Grandparents
(EmpowerHer.com) Four years ago..my daughter..who was 20 and single…got pregnant. She decided to have an abortion..which I adamantly oppose..but it was not my body or my choice. I found myself in a very difficult situation..having to support her emotionally through this process while at the same time being opposed to it. I did make her aware of her options..but in the end she decided to go through with it. She was 12 weeks at the time of the procedure. I went with her..which was awfull.

 
 

Pregnancy After Abortion
(ChristiaNet.com) The issue of pregnancy after abortion is one that concerns many women who have chosen to terminate unwanted pregnancies at some earlier point in their lives.

Unfortunately, sufficient information on the long term emotional toll that such a decision can take on a woman’s emotional well being are often not provided by abortion proponents. For this reason, any woman who is contemplating terminating a pregnancy should seek counsel and help from a source that will offer a complete and informed picture of the long term ramifications that abortions can represent.

 

Post-abortion grief very real, experts say
(WorldNetDaily) Psychologists refute claim terminating life doesn’t emotionally scar men, women
“Those who grieve after an abortion need to realize that they are not alone,” she said in a statement. “It is the compassionate thing for us to do to recognize that some people have profound grief and suffering after an abortion. And if we are to be a compassionate society, we must validate their pain and provide the help they need regardless of where we may stand individually on the issue of abortion.”

 

Abortion ‘leaves mental legacy’
{BBC) – An abortion can cause five years of mental anguish, anxiety, guilt and even shame, a BMC Medicine study suggests. University of Oslo researchers compared 40 women who had had a miscarriage with 80 who chose to have an abortion.

Miscarriage was associated with more mental distress in the six months after the loss of a baby – but abortion had a much longer lasting negative effect.

Pro-choice campaigners said there was no evidence abortion directly caused psychological trauma.

The researchers said their work underlined the importance of giving women information about the psychological effects of losing a baby – either through miscarriage or abortion.

 

The decision to terminate may bring with it long-standing feelings of anxiety and guilt”
Richard Warren

 

 

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