Possible Adverse Effects

Possible Effects of Abortion (updated 11/10)

New article — 11/2010 — at end: A Tidal Wave of Published Data: More Than 30 Studies in Last Five Years Show Negative Impact of Abortion on Women by Priscilla Coleman, Ph.D.   There is a wide variety of symptoms of abortion's aftermath, ranging from mild grief to profound reactions which may include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is the people working in the field of bereavement who have written about the need to resolve abortion losses and recognize that this disenfranchised loss surfaces during subsequent losses. The society, our churches, and our families do not recognize abortion as a legitimate loss. In fact, the societal message says that this experience solves a problem and that it is a non-experience. With other surgical procedures, there is an acknowledgement of the need to recover and to process the experience. Many of the symptoms discussed are symptoms common to complicated mourning and to trauma reactions. The manifestations of abortion's aftermath are:     * Low self-esteem     * Grief     * Depression     * Guilt     * A sense of alienation from self, friends and others     * Shame     * Isolation, self-imposed actions to avoid sharing the abortion experience with others     * Anger, though this is often buried deeply. Depression and anger are flip sides of the same experience     * Difficulty concentrating     * Nightmares/"baby dreams"–these may take the form of some menacing creature attacking children, or of, as a woman described them, "dead dolls, dismembered babies, or babies in distress that can't be reached."     * Auditory hallucinations of a baby crying     * Flashbacks of the abortion experience...

Abortion Contributes to Increased Suicide Among Youth (8/03)

A report from the National Institutes of Health finds that not only are girls and young women more likely to think about committing suicide, they’re much more likely to follow through. Dr. David Reardon [dir, Elliot Inst] says abortion is partly to blame for the increase: “Given the fact that more than half of all women having abortions are under the age of 25, and more than 20 percent of women having abortions are teenagers, the increased suicide rate among teens and young women is sadly not a surprise”. An Elliot Institute study published in 8/03 Southern Medical Journal found that women who had abortions were 7 times more likely to commit suicide than women who gave birth. [LifeNews.com, #3199, 3Mar04]...

Medical Group Favors Disclosure of Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

 the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) favors disclosing to patients a “highly plausible” relationship between abortion and increased risk of breast cancer. AAPS executive director Jane Orient, MD said: “The AAPS believes that patients have the right to give or withhold fully informed consent before undergoing medical treatment. This includes notification of potential adverse effects. While there is a difference of medical opinion concerning the abortion-breast cancer link, there is a considerable volume of evidence supporting this link, which is, moreover, highly plausible. We believe that a reasonable person would want to be informed of the existence of this evidence before making her decision.” Karen Malec, pres of the Coalition On Abortion-Breast Cancer: “The coalition is grateful to the AAPS for taking a pro-information position on the ABC research. Women have a right to be autonomous, especially when it comes to life or death choicesÂ…We encourage all medical groups and the cancer establishment to take a pro-information stand. In particular, we challenge the National Cancer Institute, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to discontinue their pro-censorship practices by offering women an honest evaluation of the research. Censorship has contributed to a public health catastrophe in the U.S.” Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1996 reported a 23% risk elevation among American women procuring abortions. Significantly, Newcomb et al. found that relative risk increased with age at diagnosis.   [1] Malec published an article in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons during the summer, “The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link: How Politics Trumped Science and Informed Consent.” She...