Post-Abortion Syndrome: Abortion Hurts

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Immediately after an abortion, many women report a feeling of relief ... which is all abortionists want you to hear. What you won't hear of is the guilt and depression that frequently follows. A national poll found that at least 56% of women experience a sense of guilt over their decision, though the pollster himself acknowledged that many women will not even admit having had an abortion. [1] In fact, a five-year study shows that 25% of women who have had abortions sought out psychiatric care, versus just 3% of women who have not had abortions. [2] Further, numerous studies reveal that women who have had an abortion experience a high incidence of depression, stress, low self-esteem, suicidal feelings and substance abuse. [3] It goes without saying that we want to save babies from abortion. Let it be said we're helping save the mothers, too.

[1] George Skelton, "Many in Survey Who Had Abortion Cite Guilt Feelings," Los Angeles Times, March 19, 1989, p. 28.

[2] "Report on the Committee on the Operation of the Abortion Law," p. 321. Ottawa, 1977.

[3] Vincent M. Rue, "The Psychological Realities of Induced Abortion," Post-Abortion aftermath: A Comprehensive Consideration, Michael T. Mannion, Editor, Sheed & Ward, 1994, p. 543.

Excerpted from Family Research Council electronic newsletter.
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Posted 9 Sep 2000.

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