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"I don't know why I did it"

Sue H., a 44-year-old woman and mother of 2 children, attempted suicide while suffering from depression and psychosis after she aborted her third child in May, 2000. 

She had planned the pregnancy with her partner but the relationship began to deteriorate soon after and she felt unable to cope with the pregnancy and birth on her own. She was distraught over the decision to abort the child, [Times] but was given no counseling by the abortion staff other than advice that she wait an hour and think about the decision.

“To this day I still don’t know why I did it. I woke up crying and knew I had done the wrong thing and sunk into a depression almost straight away,” Sue said. A lecturer in exercise physiology, who describes herself as pro-choice, Sue suffered from nightmares and hallucinations after the abortion, and began to fall into debt.

Despite going on anti-depressants and seeking counseling with the organization British Victims of Abortion, Sue took a drug overdose in December 2001, more than 18 months after the abortion. “I had never suffered from any mental illness before and I had never been depressed and, really, I am the last person who you would expect to react like this. But I was haunted by my abortion and it robbed me of all my confidence,” she said.

After her suicide attempt, she eventually received psychiatric help with support from her family and friends.

[Read the UK doctors’ statement about the dangers associated with abortion:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,8122-2423358.html
Related: Abortion Causes Mental Disorders: New Zealand Study May Require Doctors To Do Fewer Abortions  — http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/feb/060210a.html
"Evidence Doesn't Matter" in APA Abortion Advocacy http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/feb/060216A.html [The London Times,  27 Oct06; 30Oct06, Schultz, London,LifeSiteNews.com]