How Abortion Hurts Men / Aftershocks of Male Post-Abortion Trauma (update)

Studies show that abortion hurts men as well as women, leaving the former with the following consequences:   The pain of broken relationships. Surveys demonstrate that more than 50 percent of male-female relationships end within a year after the abortion of their child. National surveys have found that most surviving relationships experience increased relational problems because of the abortion.   Moral guilt. Of 1,050 men interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, two-thirds of those who acknowledged having fathered an aborted child said they felt guilty about it, and one-third acknowledged feelings of regret. These rates surpassed those which the Times found among post-abortive women. Feelings of helplessness and impotence. The law systematically excludes a man from his wife’s or partner’s) decision to abort. Men are helpless to save their child, despite the fact that more than 60 percent of surveyed men believe men should be consulted under the law before their partners abort. Although many men want to protect their offspring, the Los Angeles Times found that aborting women only consulted their child’s father 43 percent of the time.   Impoverished character. Abortion encourages sexually predatory habits by releasing men from responsibility for their actions. It has certainly encouraged male abandonment of women who don’t take the easy “out” of abortion. After interviewing 1,000 men whose partners were getting abortions, sociologist Arthur Shostak warned that men who aren’t helped to mourn over an abortion are learning how to be even less involved as nurturing parents in the future. [Excerpted from “Almost a Daddy”. 1990, Post Abortion Ministries; Americans United for Life, 1993] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~    The book, Fatherhood Aborted: The...

Illegal Abortions: the Myth and the Cure (Part 1)

Polls show that 80 percent of Americans agree that abortion is killing a human life. However, most also believe abortion should be legally accessible, at least in some cases. Many of these people accept abortion as an "evil necessity." They buy into the assumption that without "safe and legal" abortions, desperate women will foolishly seek out dangerous and illegal abortions. Since abortion can't be stopped, they argue, why put women's lives at risk? If pro-lifers want to contain the spread of legalized abortion, much less reverse pro-abortion laws, we must have a solution to the problem of illegal abortions. At the same time, we need to show that the "solution" of legalizing abortion is no solution at all. We must show that legal abortion only increases the pain, suffering and exploitation of women. We must show that the "cure" is far worse than the disease. Illegal vs. Legal Abortion: The American Experience In the book Aborted Women, Silent No More, an entire chapter examines what is known about illegal abortions prior to Roe v. Wade and how they compare to the dangers of legal abortion today. While there is not room to reexamine all that material here, a quick review of some of the most important points follows.1 Prior to legalization, 90 percent of illegal abortions were done by physicians. Most of the remainder were done by nurses, midwives or others with at least some medical training. Pro-abortionists falsely claimed that "five to ten thousand women die from illegal abortions every year." However, even Planned Parenthood's own leading statisticians admitted that the official statistics on deaths resulting from illegal abortion...

November 2004: Abortion

Trauma Symptoms After Abortion Common – Women Attribute Substance Abuse, Sexual Disorders, and Suicidal Thoughts to Abortion  Abortion Linked to Later Anxiety Problems – Women Who Give Birth after “Unintended Pregnancies” Do Better Abortion Advocates Trivialize Emotional Problems After Abortion Pro-Life Right of Conscience Legislation Victory, Plus More For more abortion information, click “Abortion” in the side menu. TRAUMA SYMPTOMS AFTER ABORTION COMMON, Women Attribute Substance Abuse, Sexual Disorders, and Suicidal Thoughts to Abortion  — Post-traumatic reactions to induced abortion may be far more common than previously thought, according to a new study published in the Medical Science Monitor. Sixty-five percent of American women studied experienced multiple symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which they attributed to their abortions. Slightly over 14 percent reported all the symptoms necessary for a clinical diagnosis of abortion induced PTSD. Researchers gathered data from women seeking general health care treatment at clinics and hospitals in both the USA and Russia. Women with a history of pregnancy loss, including miscarriage or abortion, were asked to complete an extensive questionnaire about their experiences. The subsample used in this study included 331 Russian women and 217 American women. American women were significantly more likely to report traumatic reactions they attributed to their abortions, while Russian women were more likely to report disruption of cognitive schema, which is described as the equivalent of one’s “psychological road map” for understanding the world and one’s place in it. Both Russian and American women were more likely to experience negative reactions to abortion if they had prior negative opinions of abortion, felt pressured into unwanted abortions, were more religious, or received little or...