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Abortion’s Consequences for Women

John on December 12, 2005 at 9:37 am

Red State has a bunch of good stuff today. I especially appreciated this post which links to a story from the BBC titled Abortion leaves a mental legacy. The story is based around a new study which seems to demonstrate that the long term negative effects of abortion and miscarriage are very different.

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.

The best part of the article (in a gallows humor sort of way) is the response from an unnamed spokesman for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, the UK equivalent of Planned Parenthood:

“We don’t see that many women for post-abortion counselling. “We offer that service but women very rarely come back because they are able to cope with it by themselves.”

Hmmm…That’s certainly one way of looking at it. But is it also possible women don’t come back to abortion clinics for counseling because a) they know the people who run the clinics think post-abortion trauma is a myth and/or b) going back to the place where you had your abortion may not seem like the best way to decrease feelings of guilt and shame. Or as the study itself says:

Many women had avoidance symptoms related to the induced abortion several years after the event (for American women, the mean was about 10 years after the event; for Russian women, the mean was about six years after the event).

Do you think maybe that could have anything to do with it?

Update: A-Team has a post which links to the study itself.

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