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I’ve fixed it now, but the post I made rebutting falsehoods about Planned Parenthood has a bad link. The American Psychiatric Association used to have a page on abortion and mental health, which has disappeared, and I accidentally linked to the American Psychological Association twice. Both of these organizations have refuted the existence of post-abortion stress syndrome, a disorder manufactured by the pro-life movement to bolster their claims that abortion is dangerous to mental health.
The American Psychiatric Association is in charge of writing the DSM, or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is the universal classification and diagnostic tool for psychiatrists. The updated version, DSM-V, was published in 2013. Until they get their page up again, just know that PASS is not and has never been included in the DSMs I through V. While emotions vary after abortion, and many do feel guilt, regret, anger, or sadness (all of which are valid and deserving of care and attention), without its inclusion in the DSM-V, PASS is not a legitimate diagnosis.
I really need to make a post about the higher rates of suicide and arrest among adopted and foster children (most of whom are girls, given that girls are more frequently in demand as “orphans”), wherein even outside the juvenile justice system and psychiatric wards, isolation, forcible restraint, and sensory deprivation are often mandated. [MAJOR TRIGGER WARNING for linked contents]
What these legislators do not understand is that pregnancy does not suddenly heal a person. If a person requires psychiatric drugs to function every day, that does not disappear with the onset of pregnancy. Pregnancy does not protect against a future bout of extreme depression, either. You would think that those who desperately want people to stay pregnant would do everything in their power to help those who struggle with mental and physical complications, including addiction.
And yet, what happens to a pregnant person who succumbs to debilitating depression and tries to inflict self-harm? In the case of Bei Bei Shuai, criminal charges. Possible imprisonment. Bei Bei Shuai ingested rat poison to end her own life…This woman was in living hell, and now she awaits trial for losing her baby ten days after her suicide attempt…If she is convicted, we all lose. Just as we all lose every time someone is punished for choosing how and when to deliver, or punished for continuing to battle addiction while pregnant (rather than being offered treatment), or punished for not wanting to be pregnant yet. If Bei Bei Shuai is convicted, it sends a message that those who are pregnant cannot have the same difficulties and pain that other people have. They must simply, magically heal, or bravely suffer through without choice. And that is true cruelty."
A survey of post-abortive women found that:28% attempted suicide31% experienced suicidal feelings60% commented that the decision to abort made their lives worse94% regretted the decision to abort“Survey of Reaction to Abortion,” The Post Abortion Review, Fall 1994, pp. 6-8.
Oh, would you look at that? Seems like only biased, non-peer-reviewed pro-life websites seem to cite this bullshit. Too bad I already linked you to actual statistics that prove this wrong.
Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.
Let’s see, what else:
I can see how full of shit the “study” would be without even looking at it. Next time you want to play the game, you may want to learn the rules and why these kinds of studies are, more often than not, completely invalid.
The finished project shall be uploaded on Wednesday—get excited.
Look at the APA disproving you.
Can you send me your sources. You have to make sure they aren’t biased.
Also, Postpartum Depression is worth throwing in the stew. Look at what can happen if you give birth.
Yeah, like I said, it’s not always. It’s just often. I’m just gonna copy a bunch of stuff from my bibliography. Can’t promise that some of it won’t be pro-life. For the most part, though, the’re unbiased. Also, this is a working bibliography. Forgive my mistakes in format.
Ack, Priscilla Coleman and David Reardon are no-no’s. They’ve made their anti-abortion bias very clear, and their methodology has been repeatedly criticized by other scientists. Bias has no place in research, and if you want the paper to be taken seriously, you’ll probably want to throw those studies out. Then again, if you’re just writing the paper to please pro-lifers, use as much bad science as you want! They love that stuff!
Also, it’s generally considered good practice to use studies from within the past 10 years, to be sure the findings are up to date.
I don’t know what “often” means to you, so there’s no real way to address that (not that anyone’s asking me to). The reality is that the majority of people who get abortions don’t experience negative effects unless they had problems before the abortion.
I want to share my story because its often a perspective that gets ignored in this conversation. While I understand and support the idea that abortion does not cause emotional turmoil, I also experienced a lot of emotional turmoil surrounding my abortion. But there’s definitely some clarification that needs to be made about that.
For one, sadness =/= regret. I have never, not even for a second, ever regretted my abortion. It was clearly the right choice for me and it saved me from a fate which I don’t believe I would’ve survived. I am so eternally grateful that I had access to a safe, legal abortion and I will forever fight for that right to stay in existence. My abortion saved my life and I would do the same thing if I had to do it over again. I felt relieved after my abortion.
But I also felt sad. I felt sadness, pain, guilt, fear… I withdrew into a deep depression, I kept my abortion a secret, I suffered alone… But this is what needs to be made clear: I was not sad because of the abortion! The abortion did not cause this! The termination of the fetus did not cause this!
Being told by hundreds of people for years that I am selfish, irresponsible, I murdered my child, I’m “not unpregnant, just a mother of a dead baby,” that I’m going to Hell, that I’m a sinner, that I’m wrong and immoral and a slut and I should’ve kept my legs closed… After all the shame that pro-lifers placed on me, all the pain they caused with their hurtful and malicious words, all in the name of “caring”…… THAT is what made my abortion hell for me. Having to keep it a secret because I didn’t know who would hate me because of my abortion, THAT is what made it hell for me. Keeping it quiet because I was afraid someone might *physically harm* me for having an abortion, THAT was what made it hell for me. Hearing people continually judge me and say terrible things to/about me and people in my situation, THAT is what damaged me.
The abortion did not hurt me. People did.
That’s the big flaw in the “abortion is emotional hell” argument. It’s easy to blame abortion for the emotional pain that SOME (a very small amount!) of people experience, but if you actually talk to people who have abortions and listen to what they say, instead of judging and making assumptions and saying hurtful things to/about them, you discover that their pain isn’t usually brought on by the procedure. It’s brought on by the way other people have shamed them because they had that procedure.
I never regretted my abortion, but I surely was made to feel pretty badly about myself for it for a little while. The good news is that I have grown thicker skin and am no longer affected by these things, and I have a MUCH healthier outlook on myself and the abortion now. I no longer allow myself to be shamed. I had an abortion and I AM NOT SORRY!
This post was originally written on January 21, 2011 to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision to legalize abortion in the United States. To honor Roe, and to honor the groups, practitioners, nurses, staff, and volunteers who have dedicated their lives to providing reproductive health care, we’re debunking some common abortion myths.
- Emergency Contraception (EC) is an abortifacient. Despite what Nick Cannon said recently, emergency contraception does not cause an abortion. EC prevents pregnancy, while the abortion pill (mifepristone) terminates an existing pregnancy. Check out NARAL’s great fact sheet for more info.
- Women use abortion as a form of birth control – Actually, 54 percent of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method (usually the condom or the pill) during the month they became pregnant. Birth control methods fail, and inconsistent contraceptive use, as well as life changes, contribute to unplanned pregnancy. There is no research that states that women depend on or use abortion as a method of birth control.
- Abortion causes post-traumatic stress and other mental health disorders. A 2008 report by the APA Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion concluded, “the best scientific evidence indicates that the relative risk of mental health problems among adult women who have an unplanned pregnancy is no greater if they have an elective first-trimester abortion than if they deliver the pregnancy.” This is also made clear through the fact that “postabortion traumatic stress syndrome” is not recognized by either the American Psychological Association (APA) or the American Psychiatric Association.
- Women who have abortions will never be mothers. There’s a big misconception out there about who has abortions. Many believe there are two types of women in this world—those who have abortions and those who have children. The fact is 61% of women who have abortions already have one or more children.
- Abortion causes breast cancer. In 1997, the New England Journal of Medicine published the largest-scale study ever on this subject–with 1.5 million participants–which concluded that there is no independent link between abortion and breast cancer.
- Making abortion illegal will stop women from having them. Abortion was prevalent in the United States long before the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. Because it was an illegal procedure, women who needed abortions had no choice but to obtain them from illegal practitioners. The “back-alley” abortion was dangerous and is listed as the official cause of death for almost 2,700 women in 1930.
- Pro-choice means pro-abortion. People who are pro-choice believe in the right for a woman to choose what happens to her body—whether that be an abortion, adoption, or carrying the pregnancy full-term. Being pro-choice means a lot of things and women and men who are pro-choice believe in choice for many reasons.
- All Planned Parenthood does is abortions. As long as there is a need for abortion services, Planned Parenthood will continue to provide those services for women. We work diligently to decrease the need for abortions by providing access to family planning services, comprehensive sexuality education, programs that promote communication and good decision making skills, and strong advocacy on policy decisions that protects all of the above.
- Women who have abortions can’t get pregnant, or will have a harder time conceiving. Abortions performed in the first trimester pose virtually no long-term risk of such problems as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous abortion, congenital malformation, or preterm or low-birth-weight delivery. Most women have abortions in their first trimester.
- Women having abortions are young, irresponsible women who can’t be bothered to take birth control. Women of all ages have abortions for many reasons including financial, ability to provide care, the health of the fetus, the health of the pregnant woman, the lack of a co-parent, and many other legitimate reasons. Women of all reproductive ages have abortions – it has nothing to do with age or responsibility.
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