Emotional Distress among Couples Involved in First-trimester Induced Abortion (CFP, 2000)

ABSTRACTEmotional distress among couples involved in first-trimester inducedabortionsPierre Lauzon, MD, Diane Roger-Achim, MD, André Achim, PHD RichardBoyer, PHD OBJECTIVE To establish the prevalence of clinically significant psychological distress in women and men involved in first-trimester abortions and to identify related risk factors. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING A downtown Montreal public abortion clinic and the Montreal metropolitan area. PARTICIPANTS We recruited 197 women and 113 men involved in first trimester abortions and compared them with control groups composed of 728 women and 630 men 15 to 35 years old who had taken part in a previous public health survey (Enquet Santé Québec 1987). One hundred twenty-seven women and 69 men completed the follow-up questionnaire. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Level of distress as measured by the Ilfeld Psychological Symptom index. RESULTS Before the abortion, 56.9% of women and 39.6% of men were much more distressed than their respective controls. Three weeks after the abortion, 41.7% of women and 30.9% of men were still highly distressed. Predictors of distress for women were fear of negative effects on the relationship, unsatisfactory relationships, relationships of less than 1 year, ambivalence about the decision to abortion, not having a previous child, suicidal ideation (this association was weaker than in controls). Predictors for men were fear of negative effects on the relationship, relationships of less than 1 year, preoccupation with the abortion and anxiety about its accompanying pain, negative perceptions of their own health, suicidal gestures in the past and suicidal ideation in the past year (only the association with suicidal gestures was marginally stronger than in controls). CONCLUSION Being involved in a first-trimester abortion can...

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...