Tuesday, 6 September 2011

877,181 people involved in a study. The Result - women who have undergone an abortion have an 81% increase in mental health problems.

There are many reasons that people give to justify abortion, and the vast majority aren't even worth listening to. They were consigned to the dustbin of every reasonable persons mind appropriately two seconds after hearing them. Such examples would include 'your a man, so keep your fat gob shut' and my personal favourite 'keep your rosaries off my ovaries'. There are then those arguments which  - whilst not in any way a justification for taking the life of an innocent human being - are infact very challenging. Such an example may include 'if my 12 year old disabled child was to be raped by her father and became pregnant would you think it was OK for her to have an abortion....well?' The rest, and I would say the majority of the arguments lay somewhere between these two extremes. They deserve to be taken seriously as issues, but it's not too difficult to identify why abortion is not the best solution - despite being a wrong one. This week the most comprehensive study of it's kind has been released, and conclusively shows that women who have undergone an abortion have an 81% increased risk of mental health problems, and in showing this it consigns a good number of these middle of the road arguments to the incinerator of every reasonable person's mind forever.

  • 'Abortion alleviates mental health problems' 
  • 'you're a man and you could never understand' 
  • 'I knew/know X woman who's is in X position and could never possibly have a child' 

I'm sure you've heard them all before, perhaps even used them all before, but now there is objective evidence which is neither pro-life or pro-choice, and is composed of 22 different studies and includes 877,181 people which shows that none of these arguments which seek to protect the interests of the women should be taken seriously any longer.
This is good and welcome news at any time, however the timing could not be better. This week parliament is discussing whether or not to amend the law on abortion by requiring women seeking an abortion to receive counselling from a body which does not provide abortions. Incredulously, this has actually proved a rather controversial process so far and it is likely that it will not make it through. The counter argument is that this will put extra stress on women (now that's something I would like evidence for!!!) and that it's unnecessary because the current situation where the abortion providers give 'counselling' and the vast majority of women then proceed with an abortion is perfect. Given that counselling should be impartial and non directive - can you imagine the benefit for both women and their babies if they will soon be told (as they should be if the counselling is truly impartial) before they have an abortion that:

  • abortion is associated with a 34% increased risk for anxiety disorders.
  • abortion is associated with a 37% greater risk of depression.
  • abortion is associated with a 110% greater risk of alcohol abuse and 220% greater risk of marijuana use/abuse.
  • Abortion was also linked with a 155% greater risk of attempting to commit suicide.
Now, it's time to pray!

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all,
Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

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