The Protective Effects of Childbirth (1990 & 2001)

Part I originally appeared in The Post-Abortion Review. One of the population controllers' favorite techniques is to portray pregnancy as dangerous, burdensome and demeaning to women. Some have labeled it an "epidemic," or a "disease." (1) At a Planned Parenthood conference, for example, one speaker described abortion as an "effective treatment" for "the number two sexually transmitted disease"–unplanned pregnancy. (2) But population controllers have failed to prove that pregnancy is, in fact, harmful to women. Indeed, a number of studies point to the opposite conclusion: that pregnancy generally benefits women's health. Yet these studies have been virtually ignored by the medical community and the secular media. According to researcher Thomas Strahan: "One relatively unexamined issue is the important role that childbirth and lactation play in the overall health of a woman. The failure of the body to experience these events appears to cause malfunctions which frequently result in health problems later in life, including possible increased risks from various types of cancer." (3) As this article will show, full-term pregnancy has been shown to reduce women's risk of disease, improve their mental health and improve the outcome of their future pregnancies. Reducing the Risk of Cancer According to national health statistics, approximately one in eight American women will have breast cancer in her lifetime. Each year, an estimated 175,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and 43,500 women die from it. (3) These numbers have led in recent years to a nationally-publicized campaign to educate women on breast cancer prevention and treatment. What is seldom–if ever–emphasized in public discussions on preventing breast cancer is the fact that having a...