Possible Adverse Effects

Teen Suicide Associated With Abortion (1986) / Teen Suicide Mechanisms (CDC, 1999-2002)

The leading mechanism of suicide among children aged 10–19 years was firearms for whites and blacks (Table 11). However, suffocation, especially by hanging, was the leading mechanism of suicide among AI/ANs, A/PIs, and Hispanics. Whites aged 10–19 years had the largest percentage of suicides by poisoning (7.6%), and A/PIs had the highest percentage of suicides attributed to falls (8.1%). Increasing certain protective factors is more effective in reducing suicide attempts than decreasing risk factors. Protective factors include discussion of problems with relatives and friends, emotional health, and feeling close to relatives (59). [CDC, MMWR Surveillance Summaries, May 18, 2007 / 56(SS05);1-16, "Fatal Injuries Among Children by Race and Ethnicity — United States, 1999–2002"]  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~  SUICIDE ATTEMPTS ASSOCIATED WITH INDUCED ABORTION – One of the best kept secrets in the abortion industry is the significant increase in suicide in the one year following the abortion.  In MN, teens attempted suicide rate was 10 times higher than their control peers in the 6 months after an abortion.  Below is a synopsis of the article: Reference:  Garfinkle, B.,  et. al., "Stress, Depression, and Suicide:  A study of  Adolescents in Minnesota"  (Minneapolis: Univ Minnesota Extension Service, 1986): Teens are generally at a higher risk for both suicide and abortion.  In a survey of teenaged girls, researchers at U of MN found that the rate of attempted suicide in the six months prior to the study increased 10 fold-from 0.4% for girls who had not aborted to 4% for teens who had aborted in the previous six...

House Holds Hearing On Post-Abortion Stress (9/04)

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health examined the impact of depression on women following pregnancy and abortion on September 29. This hearing was attended by Dr. Martin Waugh, a psychiatrist who is tracking this issue, and the Christian Seniors Association. The hearing was held to debate passage of two bills on post-partum depression as it relates to abortion or pregnancies. One is H.R. 4543, the Post-Abortion Depression Research and Care Act; the other is H.R. 846, the Melanie Blocker- Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act. Melanie Blocker-Stokes committed suicide not long after her child was born and her mother was at the hearing to support the legislation named in her daughter’s honor. Melanie jumped from a 12-story hotel room a few months after she gave birth. Both bills will study depression in women. H.R. 4543 will study depression and psychosis that may occur after an abortion. And, H.R. 846 will study depression and psychosis after a woman gives birth. One of the experts at the hearing was Dr. Elizabeth Shadigian, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Shadigian testified: “… self-harm and psychiatric hospital admission because of suicide attempt is more common in women who terminate their pregnancies, while rates of suicide and suicide attempt are half or less for women with full term pregnancies compared to the general population.” She noted that a woman who aborts a child is twice as likely as other women to die from a homicide a year after the abortion and three to five times as likely to die from suicide. She said that researchers...

AAPLOG Statement on Partial Birth Abortion

The American Association of ProLife Obstetricians and Gynecologists is strongly opposed to the procedure known to the general public as “Partial Birth Abortion” and know in medical terminology as “Intact Dilatation and Extraction,” or “intact D&X”. This medical terminology was established in a policy statement by the Executive Board of ACOG issues on 12Jan97 entitled “Statement on Intact Dilatation and Extraction.” “Intact D&X” is defined in the policy statement6 as being comprised of all of the following four...

Texas Warns Women of Abortion-Cerebral Palsy Link (12/03)

Texas becomes the 1st state to tell women of the abortion procedure’s connection to CP —According to the Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition in Vancouver, Canada, Texas is the first state in the nation to officially make such a warning.   A state law, the Woman’s Right to Know Act, requires all doctors to make available certain information to women contemplating an abortion. Included is the booklet “A Woman’s Right to Know,” published by the Texas Department of Health, which contains the warning about cerebral palsy and other diseases for which premature babies are at high risk. “Some large studies have reported a doubling of the risk of premature birth in later pregnanc[ies] if a woman has had two induced abortions,” the bookletreads. “The same studies report an 800 percent increase in the risk of extremely early premature births for a woman who has experienced four or more induced abortions. Very premature babies, who have the highest risk of death, also have the highest risk for lasting disabilities, such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, lung and gastrointestinal problems, and vision and hearing loss.” Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain, usually occurring during fetal development or during infancy. It affects movement and posture. The Texas booklet also mentions the established link between abortion and breast cancer:“Your chances of getting breast cancer are affected by your pregnancy history. If you have carried a pregnancy to term as a young woman, you may be less likely to get breast cancer in the future. However, you do not getthe same protective effect if your pregnancy...

U.N. Official Admits Legal Abortions Not Safe For Women (5/04)

At an international population conference, a World Health Organization (WHO) official admitted that legal abortions aren't safe for women… While U.N. leaders and abortion advocacy groups claim the unsafe nature of illegal abortions in many countries around the world ought to require legalization of abortion, they are often reluctant to acknowledge the damaging role legal abortion plays in the lives of women. "Up to 20% of maternal deaths are due to abortion; even in those situations where abortion is legal there is a question whether 'safe' abortion is safe," said Dr. Gunta Lazdane [European Regional Adviser to WHO on Reproductive Health and Research].  Lazdane's statement is contrary to the WHO's regular claim that legal abortion is safe, and only illegal abortions are unsafe. WHO's regular claim is not backed up by facts. [21May04 Friday Fax; 23May04, #3266, LifeNews Pro-Life Report,...

AAPLOG Statement: Sensitivity in Dealing with Post-Abortive Woman

A Simple Question: “Number of Pregnancies” by Sydna A. Masse One thing I never expected during my teenage pregnancy and subsequent abortion was how difficult it would be to be honest about this procedure on a routine doctor’s intake form. I felt deep fear each time I encountered one of the most difficult questions for a post-abortive woman: number of pregnancies. My abortion in 1981 was a closely held secret for many years. I was hesitant to share it with anyone, especially a physician. Fear of condemnation and my own shame never over-ruled my own conscience and I was normally truthful. As each new doctor reviewed my form, and sometimes clarified the fact that I had an abortion, my heart would break. Rarely did I allow my emotions to surface yet regardless of how the question was asked, I always felt the physician’s judgment. The Alan Guttmacher Institute of Reproductive Health, states that “At current rates, 43% of all women will experience abortion at least once by the time they are 45 years of age.” If abortion is such a common experience, why do you rarely hear women share about their own abortion experience? Most of us chose abortion to erase a mistake. Many felt it was our only choice. Like Feminist Frederica Matthews-Green once stated, “a woman doesn’t want an abortion like an ice-cream cone or a Porsche, but like an animal caught in a trap who gnaws off its own leg.” Years after an abortion many women come to regret this choice. In order to hide our pain and grief, we isolate this memory and five great...

Screening for Risk Factors will Lower Abortion Rates (2003)

SCREENING FOR RISK FACTORS WILL LOWER ABORTION RATES; STUDY BACKS NEW LEGAL TACTIC TO PREVENT UNSAFE ABORTIONS A law review article published in the latest issue of The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy concludes that the number of women suffering abortion-related injuries can be dramatically reduced through better pre-abortion screening. The study includes an analysis of 63 medical studies identifying predictive risk factors for negative psychological reactions to abortion. According to the review’s author, most abortion sites fail to screen for even the best known risk factors, prefacing the explanation for this failure with a citation to a New York Times article examining how competition in the abortion industry has led to extreme cost-cutting measures. Times reporter Gina Kolata found that if the cost of abortion had kept pace with the cost of other health care services, a typical first-trimester abortion would cost around $2,250 today. Instead, the cost is around $300—about the same as was charged in 1973. “Instead of receiving personalized counseling, women face a brief, ‘one-size-fits-all’ intake process. By means of this ‘assembly-line’ processing, women are more efficiently slotted into tight surgical schedules. But it also means that those women who would otherwise be identified as poor candidates for abortion are being exposed to unsafe abortions.” Reardon is the author of numerous medical studies linking abortion to higher rates of substance abuse, suicide, depression, and psychiatric illness. While he believes more research into abortion complications should still be done, he says that the existing research has identified the key risk factors for reliably identifying those women who are at greatest risk of the most...

Another Teen Death From Abortion Pill (4/04)

ANOTHER TEEN DEATH –A report from Stockholm notes “that a 7-week pregnant teen took the  Mifeprex drug regimen, was observed  for 8 hours at the hospital” (according to the correct protocol-which is flaunted in USA practice), went home and bled to death (a nurse phone call was unanswered 2 days later, and the girl was found dead 6 days later by a visiting nurse).  [Dr. DeCook, AAPLOG email,...

Girl Dies From Late-Term Surgical Abortion

FAMILY OF DETROIT GIRL WHO DIED FROM ABORTION SPEAKS OUT at a press conference outside the abortion site; Redden told reporters that her cousin’s death followed a late-term abortion there. “This stuff needs to stop. People need to take a first hand look at what happens here.” Redden said the abortion business was interested in “money and greed” when they performed an abortion on her cousin, T. Russell, 15, who was 6 months pregnant.  The sister of Russell’s 24-year-old boyfriend took her to the abortion site on 7Jan04 without permission or notifying Russell’s mother. The girl used an ID card with another woman’s picture (did not even look similar) to state she was 19 (abortions cannot be performed on minors in MI without parental consent). [12Apr04,...

Australian Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit & Past Abortion (4/04)

AUSTRALIAN CEREBRAL PALSY LAWSUIT TOUCHES ON HOW ABORTION HURTS WOMEN   This case is spotlighting the devastating consequences that can arise from an abortion. Justice Grove has ruled that Kristy was born with brain damage as a result of her mother's uterine rupture — an apparent complication from a previous abortion. As a result, the girl's family has lost their bid to sue the mother's obstetrician for negligence. Grove said, "Kristy's plight was not a consequence of a breach of duty of care by the defendant," obstetrician Dr. Alan Kaye. Kristy, who is now 15, was born with cerebral palsy. She is confined to a wheelchair and cannot speak. Her family tried to sue her mother's obstetrician, claiming he miscalculated her expected due date. As a result, the family claimed, Kristy was born between two-and-a-half and six weeks overdue, causing the placenta to deteriorate, a condition known as "placental insufficiency." However, the justice noted that the after-effect of the mother's abortion was a more likely cause. [12Apr04...

Woman Sues Abortion Site for Ruined Fertility (4/04)

WOMAN SUES OH ABORTION SITE SAYING RU 486 RUINED HER FERTILITY – D. Powell filed a lawsuit against the Akron Women’s Center for Choice, saying she had cramping and bleeding associated with a 10/02 pregnancy and went to the abortion site. Staff there told her the pregnancy was not problematic, and she was given RU-486. Her condition grew worse over the next month until she was forced to go to the hospital. Diagnosis: a ruptured ectopic pregnancy in the left fallopian tube, leaving her unable to conceive. Danco Laboratories, the maker of RU-486 says the abortion drug should not be taken by women who have such...

AAPLOG Statement on Abortion & Risk of Breast Cancer Bibliography (7/02)

There is very strong evidence in the world’s scientific medical literature that induced abortion constitutes a significant risk factor for future breast cancer. Is it a real risk that every woman considering elective abortion should be appraised of? Or is it simply an unproven threat thrown into the abortion arena to frighten pregnant women from making the "the choice"? These are absolutely vital questions for any abortion inclined pregnant woman. The threat of breast cancer, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, disfigurement, even death, hang on the correct answers. We depend on "evidence based medicine" to guide us to valid conclusions on such issues. Here is the evidence: There are two pregnancy related independent risk factors for breast cancer established in the medical literature. The first is the protective effect of an early first full term pregnancy. The landmark study establishing this protective effect [MacMahon, et al, (1970) Bull WHO 43:209-221] is widely accepted in the medical world. MacMahon, and group reanalyzed their 1970 data [Trichopolous D, Hsieh C, MacMahon B, Lin T, et al,, Age at any Birth and Breast Cancer Risk, International J Cancer, 1983:31:70l-704], finding that each one year delay in the first full term pregnancy increased relative breast cancer risk by 3.5% (compounded). Obviously, aborting a first pregnancy eliminates the protective effect against breast cancer. The second independent risk factor for breast cancer is induced abortion. As of March, 2002, there have been published in the worldwide medical literature 37 studies (including 15 American studies) reporting data on the risk of breast cancer among women with a history of induced abortion. 28 of these studies report increased risk....

Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Prevention Institute Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer: A Minority Report March 10, 2002 Introduction: As an invited participant in the recently concluded NCI workshop "Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer", held Feb. 24-26, I file these public comments in the form of a minority report, inasmuch as I am in partial disagreement with the findings of the workshop submitted to the Board of Scientific Advisors and the Board of Scientific Counselors, and subsequently with the unanimous approval of these Boards, to the NCI Director, Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach. The need for such a report as this is underscored by the fact that, although my dissent was made, in part, on the public record during the final session on Feb. 26, there was no mention of any dissent in the Summary Report which constituted the final submission of the workshop. Such an omission might indeed be misinterpreted as signifying the unanimous agreement of all the expert participants. Moreover, the fact that the workshop was abruptly concluded without prior notice at the end of what was scheduled to be the penultimate public session, there was no opportunity for anyone to make a full and formal statement enumerating and justifying any points of disagreement. Hence I take this opportunity to do so now.   Breast Cancer Prevention Institute II. General Comment: Scope of the workshop and opportunity for scientific scrutiny and review of the data:   1) Overall Time Constraint: The scope of the research which was presented and discussed during such a brief workshop was enormous by any measure, and thus there was little time for extensive discussion...

The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link (Lanfranchi,1/2003)

The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link Thirty years ago when Roe v. Wade was decided, I was a third-year medical student at Georgetown University. The third year is when medical students leave the classroom and go into hospitals to do their clinical rotations. The ruling had an immediate effect on the practice and ethics of medicine. No longer would my obstetrics professor tell his students that his was a unique specialty, that he always had two patients to consider, mother and child. Now only when the mother wanted the child did we treat two patients. When the mother didn’t want the child, no consideration would be given to the unborn’s humanity. It was no longer a child but a blob of tissue, a “product of conception,” a parasitic entity or whatever the mother chose to call “it.” For the first time, every doctor in every state could legally kill another human being. On my pediatric rotation that year, I helped to resuscitate a child who was born four months prematurely crying aloud, struggling to breathe. She was the result of a failed abortion. She was wizened and burned from the hypertonic saline used to try to kill her on the hospital floor just below the nursery. I can still see her clearly in my mind’s eye. One and a half years after Roe v. Wade, when I graduated something else very profound had happened. The Hippocratic Oath we took, that had stood medicine in good stead for twenty-four hundred years, had been changed. The part about refusing to give a woman a pessary to induce an abortion had been deleted. Ten...

Need to Inform Patients of Abortion – Breast Cancer Link

"Alabama Physicians For Life, Inc. believes that patients have the right to be fully informed regarding potentially adverse effects before undergoing medical treatment. While a difference of medical opinion exists concerning the abortion-breast cancer link, there is a significant amount of reasonable evidence supporting the link. Because we recognize the right to informed consent before entering into medical treatment for other body systems, we believe that the majority of women would want to be informed of the evidence of a relationship between abortion and breast cancer before making an abortion decision." www.bcpinstitute.org Breast Cancer Prevention Institute   An abortion during high estrogen levels in the early months of pregnancy predisposes a woman to getting breast cancer. In fact, a full-term pregnancy early in a woman's reproductive life is protective against breast cancer. * A 1948 study in Japan found that among women who had breast cancer, there were 3 times as many pregnancies that ended in induced abortion. * A 1981 study found a 140 percent increased risk of breast cancer before the age of 33 for those who had induced abortions. [for more info, visit www.abortionbreastcancer.com] * A 1995 Harvard University study on over 2,000 women in Greece found a significant 51 percent increased breast cancer risk among women who had any abortions.   * A 1994 National Cancer Institute study of over 1,800 women in Washington State found a significant 50 percent increased risk among women who had any abortions. The breast cancer risk was more than double for women whose abortion (or first abortion) took place before age 18 or over age 30, according to recent...

Link Between Abortion And Substance Abuse

A study based on a national, random sample of 700 women participating in a reproductive history survey, found that of the women surveyed, those who aborted their first pregnancy were 3.9 times more likely to engage in subsequent drug or alcohol abuse than those who have never had an abortion. Women who engaged in substance abuse prior to their first pregnancy were excluded from the study. These findings had a high degree of statistical significance, p<.0001, which means that there is less than 1 chance in 10,000 that these finding could have occurred due to chance. Numerous other studies on substance abuse have also reported a correlation with abortion. For example, a 1981 random study found that women who admitted a history of induced abortion were more than twice as likely to be heavy drinkers (13%) compared to women in general (6%) (A. Klassen, "Sexual Experience and Drinking Among Women in a U.S. National Survey," Archives of Sexual Behavior, 15(5):363, 1986) The Elliot Institute study found that for all the women surveyed who were pregnant prior to a history of substance abuse, the rate of post-pregnancy substance abuse rose from 3.8% for women who did not abort, to 14.6% for women who did abort their first pregnancy. These findings are of special concern because abortion related substance abuse can have a profound impact on other areas of a woman's life, including relationship problems, job-related difficulties, health problems, and increased risk of auto accidents resulting in injuries to themselves and others. [The Post-Abortion Review, Fall 1993] "Comparing the maternal mortality risk of childbirth to that of abortion, when proper weight...

Suicide Rate Higher After Abortion (MN, 1986; Medi-Cal,1989; Elliot,1993)

A new Elliot Institute study has found women who have had abortions are more likely to commit suicide than those who have given birth. The study examined Medi-Cal records for 173,000+ low-income CA women who had abortions or gave birth in 1989.  Linking these records to death certificates, researchers found that women who had state-funded abortions were 2.6 times more likely to die of suicide than women who delivered their babies. The average annual suicide rate per 100,000 women was 3.0 for delivering women, compared to 7.8 for aborting women. The national average suicide rate for women between the ages of 15 – 44 is 5.2 per 100,000. These CA aborted women have a higher suicide rate than women in general, while giving birth reduced women’s suicide risk. [www.afterabortion.org; The Post-Abortion Review, Apr-Jun 2001; Family Resources Ctr News, Oct-Nov01] SUICIDE ATTEMPTS ASSOCIATED WITH INDUCED ABORTION – One of the best kept secrets in the abortion industry is the significant increase in suicide in the one year following the abortion.  According to a 1986 study by researchers at the University of Minnesota, a teenage girl is 10 times more likely to attempt suicide if she has had an abortion in the last six months than is a comparable teenage girl who has not had an abortion.   Below is a synopsis of the article: Teens are generally at a higher risk for both suicide and abortion.  In a survey of teenaged girls, researchers at U of MN found that the rate of attempted suicide in the six months prior to the study increased 10 fold-from 0.4% for girls who had not...

Pro-"choice" Researchers Acknowledge Existence of Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome (2000)

Researchers writing in the Archives of General Psychiatry [Aug 2000] have acknowledged that some women experience post-abortion syndrome (PASS). The research team, led by Dr. Brenda Major, diagnosed PASS among 1.4 percent of a sample of women who had abortions two years previously. "Even at the low rate identified in this study, the impact is tremendous," said Dr. Vincent Rue, who first proposed PASS as a variant of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 1981. With 40 million abortions since 1972, this would translate into 560,000 cases of PASS."   Rue also notes that many women in the study reported psychiatric disorders that are less severe than full-blown PAS. Twenty percent of the women in the Majors study experienced clinical depression. Also, when asked if they would do it all over again, 31 percent reported that they would not have chosen abortion or were uncertain. "Since ambivalence is a good predictor of post-abortion problems, " said Rue, "it is likely that many of these women are having post-abortion symptoms that simply fall short of full-blown PAS." Dr. David Reardon, who directs a post-abortion research & education organization, the Elliot Institute, notes: "Clearly, this study shows that abortionists should be screening for a history of depression," he said. "It also confirms a large body of earlier research that shows that prior psychological problems are more likely to be made worse by abortion, not better…The biggest shortcomings of this study are the high dropout and refusal rates," he said. "Even though women were offered payment to participate, 15 percent of the women who were initially approached refused to participate, and 50 percent...

Actual Cases Of Physical Damage From Legal Abortion

STUDY OUTLINES ABORTION’S CLEAR & PRESENT DANGERS  Dr. David Reardon & British researchers published a report in the 9/02 British Medical Journal which asserts that women who have abortions are more likely to die in the years following the procedure than mothers who give birth. Of 173,000 Californians, those women who aborted their unborn child were twice as likely to die in the next two years. According to Dr. Reardon, the reasons range from suicide, which places women at a 154 percent higher risk than non-abortive moms, to death by accidents, which accounts for an 82 percent increased risk of death. * Nonpartisan scientists are continuing to unearth the dramatic health consequences of abortion. In Aug02, the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry found that, as one might expect, there is a tendency toward "depression, self-destructive behavior, and other emotional problems" for women who have been duped into believing that abortion is the safe and easy solution. [Elliot Inst, 9/02] TILLER BOTCHES ABORTION – For the second time in 2 weeks KS abortionist George Tiller botched a late-term abortion. An ambulance with sirens blowing took the unconscious woman to Wesley Hospital. The victim is in serious condition. Tiller was visibly shaken, but returned immediately to his abortion site to resume his abortion trade. Friday afternoon is a "big 'procedure' day," says a source close to Tiller. "The sad fact is Wesley Hospital covers up Tiller's…back-alley style abortions." [Media Advisory for October 18,2002; CCNWashDC 18Oct; Operation Rescue West at (316) 841-1700 www.onlinearchive.org/article.php?sid=476] Tiller — ¾ of his "late-term patients are teenagers…" [National Review 10Nov97, from The American Feminist, Summer 98] The CDC,...

Practices Opposed To Women's Health: The Psychological Effects

Related Study:  The Decline of Partner Relationships in the Aftermath of Abortion, Winter 2007, vol 20, no 1, Association for Interdisciplinary Research in Values and Social Change http://www.abortionresearch.us/images/Vol20No1–2007.pdf ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~    There are psychological problems mental health professionals are seeing in real life. We are a society wounded psychologically by the culture of death. Women, in particular, reap disproportionate psychological injury and suffering as a result of health-related practices which are opposed to the culture of life. The culture of death was ushered into American society at the time of the sexual revolution in the 60s and 70s. The sexual revolution promised a new freedom and discovery of self; in pursuit of freedom, women sought license and unfettered autonomy. In pursuit of sexual pleasure, women separated sexual expression from its true meaning within marriage and its connection with procreation. In pursuit of equality with men, women surrendered the dignity of womanhood and rejected the value of motherhood. In hopes of "getting in touch with their inner selves" women embraced psychology, the priority of feelings over reason, and rejected the constraints of objective morality. It is particularly ironic that the generation that embraced psychology adopted a lifestyle and created a culture that caused so much psychological suffering. What the sexual revolution and radical feminism promised was that the pursuit of freedom, sexual equality, sexual pleasure and the rejection of traditional morality would bring individual happiness and build a more truly human society. Instead, the reproductive health practices spawned by the sexual revolution and the women's liberation movement resulted in: a skyrocketing divorce rate, less stable families, teen promiscuity, teen pregnancy, easy...