New Zealand Study on Mental Effects of Abortion

30 11 2008

Medical News Today is reporting that researchers have recently completed a study to determine the mental impact on women who have had abortions.

The study found that women who had had abortions had rates of mental health problems that were about 30% higher than other women. The conditions most associated with abortion included anxiety disorders and substance use disorders. In contrast, none of the other pregnancy outcomes were consistently related to significantly increased risks of mental health problems.

However, the overall affects of abortion on mental health were found to be small. The researchers estimated that exposure to abortion accounted for between 1.5% and 5.5% of the overall rate of mental disorders in this group of women.

Writing in the British Journal of Psychiatry [the researchers] said: “Specifically, the results do not support strong pro-life positions that claim that abortion has large and devastating effects on the mental health of women. Neither do the results support any strong pro-choice positions that imply that abortion is without any mental health effects.

“In general, the results lead to a middle-of-the-road position that, for some women, abortion is likely to be a stressful and traumatic life event which places those exposed to it at a modestly increased risk of a range of common mental health problems.”

When I first read this article, the 30% rate of mental health problems caught my eye as being a rather large number. It sounds to me as if the researchers are saying that since having an abortion may not cause an actual mental disorder in a large number of women, this means the overall impact is small. I would think that a 30% higher rate of anxiety disorders and substance abuse would be something that women should be counseled about when weighing their options–especially since pro-abortion folks are constantly using the mental impact of a woman having to deliver her baby as an argument for abortion.


#1 cause of abuse against women and children: abortion

26 11 2008

Garth George writes an excellent piece in the New Zealand Herald about the causes of violence in our society against women and children.

We have brought it on ourselves. We have bowed to the blandishments of liberalism, immorality, materialism and hedonism and have set aside most of the moral and legal strictures which for centuries formed the mortar which held societies together and kept them from self-destruction.

For nearly 50 years, we have presided over the gradual unravelling of the fabric of our nation through the breakdown of the traditional family unit upon which community cohesion has always depended.

I have said it before and I say it again: The number one cause of abuse against women and children is abortion.

Listen to the late Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Never mind that she was a Catholic nun; her views are held by scores of thousands of New Zealanders, and their logic is inescapable.

“… the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion,” she said, “because it is a war against the child – a direct killing of the innocent child – murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?

“… The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships.

“It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts – a child – as a competitor, an intrusion and an inconvenience. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want … It is a very great poverty to decide that a child must die that you might live as you wish.”

Misdiagnosis Forces Woman to Have Abortion

13 07 2008 is reporting that a woman who was misdiagnosed with a drug-resistant tuberculosis ended up having to endure a toxic treatment which resulted in a medically induced abortion. Later, the medical professionals determined that the abortion was unnecessary.

The health board has apologised to the woman and says it fully accepts that failings resulted in “serious consequences” for her and her family – though no financial compensation has been paid.

The Dominion Post fought for four months through the Office of the Ombudsman to have the health board’s report into the 2007 sentinel event made public, after initial information requests were declined.

Though heavily abridged, it reveals a series of mistakes which led to the misdiagnosis and subsequent abortion, despite a senior public health officer having raised questions earlier about the test result’s validity.