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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

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Feb 19 '14

Fumbled citations!

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.

Feb 16 '14
p-a-r-a—d-o-x:

Alright , so here’s the thing. Hell yeah , I’m pro choice , but does that mean I’m gonna be all for abortions ? Hell no. They’re horrible. They’re horrible because of the way they’re done. Also , most of the time , after a woman gets an abortion , she has to go through sometimes years or therapy sometimes for the rest of her life. It haunts her for the rest of her life. The only reason I am pro choice is because I’m not about telling people how to live their life. But just because someone is pro life doesn’t mean they’re going to blow everyone up. Or shoot people. So how about we stop assuming everyone that doesn’t have the same opinion as you is trying to kill people.

Your statement about mental health after abortion is wrong. The American Psychological Association concluded that abortion does not cause mental harm. Studies showing otherwise have been debunked, 90% of patients feel relief, and even in patients who feel negative emotions after their abortion, 80% said it was the right choice.
Regardless, some people do feel negative or conflicting emotions, and there are four pro-choice/pro-voice hotlines in the U.S. they can call if they need to talk. If you want to read stories from real people who had abortions, check out my Abortion Experiences page.
I’m not even going to address the absurdity that is insisting people let down their guard and stop being so mean to an historically violent, misogynistic movement. This isn’t about differing opinions, this is about dignity and survival.

p-a-r-a—d-o-x:

Alright , so here’s the thing. Hell yeah , I’m pro choice , but does that mean I’m gonna be all for abortions ? Hell no. They’re horrible. They’re horrible because of the way they’re done. Also , most of the time , after a woman gets an abortion , she has to go through sometimes years or therapy sometimes for the rest of her life. It haunts her for the rest of her life. The only reason I am pro choice is because I’m not about telling people how to live their life. But just because someone is pro life doesn’t mean they’re going to blow everyone up. Or shoot people. So how about we stop assuming everyone that doesn’t have the same opinion as you is trying to kill people.

Your statement about mental health after abortion is wrong. The American Psychological Association concluded that abortion does not cause mental harm. Studies showing otherwise have been debunked, 90% of patients feel relief, and even in patients who feel negative emotions after their abortion, 80% said it was the right choice.

Regardless, some people do feel negative or conflicting emotions, and there are four pro-choice/pro-voice hotlines in the U.S. they can call if they need to talk. If you want to read stories from real people who had abortions, check out my Abortion Experiences page.

I’m not even going to address the absurdity that is insisting people let down their guard and stop being so mean to an historically violent, misogynistic movement. This isn’t about differing opinions, this is about dignity and survival.

Sep 1 '13
Jun 23 '13
"We often talk about the “school-to-prison pipeline” for boys —but for girls, it is a totally different narrative, more readily identified as the “sexual-violence-to prison pipeline.” According to the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention, approximately 600,000 girls are arrested in the U.S. annually. Most of these girls are remanded for non-violent offenses such as truancy, running away, loitering, alcohol and substance use, and violations to prior court orders for non-violent status offenses. Moreover, evidence shows that 73 percent of girls in juvenile detention have previously suffered some form of physical or sexual abuse. This abuse is often the factor that propelled the child into the juvenile justice system, as it is often the abuse that is the root cause of the girls’ running away, becoming truant, substance abuse, etc. Family court judges and detention center staff are rarely provided appropriate trauma training and are generally unaware of the damaging impact of policies such as strip searches, physical restraints, and particularly solitary confinement on survivors of physical and sexual abuse and trauma. There is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates the severe psychiatric consequences of placing individuals, and particularly children in solitary confinement. Prisoners who have experienced solitary confinement have been shown to engage in self-mutilation at much higher rates than the average population. These prisoners are also known to attempt or commit suicide more often than those who were not held in isolation. In fact, studies show that juveniles are 19 times more likely to kill themselves in isolation than in general population and that juveniles in general, have the highest suicide rates of all inmates in jails. Despite all these facts, when girls in the juvenile justice system express evidence of or the desire to self harm, the typical response is to put them in solitary confinement. While these girls are being placed in solitary for their own protection, there is no consideration given to the fact that such practices deepen existing trauma."

Yasmin Vafa, “Invisible Prisoners: Why Are So Many Girls Placed in Solitary Confinement?” (via politicsoflocation)

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]

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Jun 4 '13
zeonhime:

[deleted for brevity: Bébinn]
There is only one thing I disagree about in this post, and that is PASS, or post abortion stress syndrome. While the community doesn’t want to recognize it as a real thing, as someone who has had an abortion and suffered through it as well as aided other women as they struggled the same exact stages as I did, I am here to tell you that it is very real and it effects more women than people would like to think. Not every woman walks away from an abortion guilt free and not every woman has no needed after care for mental health related issues. If you do research you will find that there is a surprisingly large number of women who have had severe break downs and there are many support groups out there for women who struggle with PASS, and these groups do not label as either pro-life or pro-health. It is also not a “you read it and think you have it”, I had no idea PASS existed until I was many months into the most severe depression of my life. Discovering PASS existed and that I wasn’t alone was what saved my life. So please do not discount it as something that isn’t real: you are taking away from women who do suffer it and who feel completely alone.

Thank you for writing this, and I’m sorry this came off as if I were implying that nobody feels sad, guilty, or regretful after getting an abortion. That is absolutely not true - there is a wide range of abortion experiences and they are all valid. If an abortion experience or the circumstances surrounding it are traumatic (for example, indecision, abuse, desire to continue a pregnancy but no resources to do so, poor treatment by medical staff, etc.), then symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression can certainly arise. There are many support groups and hotlines for people who need them after an abortion, and I’ve made a list of hotlines you can find on the Abortion Assistance Blog.
What I was saying is that post-abortion stress syndrome is not recognized by either the American Psychiatric Association, nor the American Psychological Association. PA[S]S is a term created by Vincent Rue, an anti-choice advocate, and its statistics have been manipulated and greatly inflated by anti-choice think tanks in order to push an anti-abortion agenda. Valid research does not support a generalized link between abortion and mental illness. Instead, what’s most commonly found is that the people who suffer emotionally and mentally after an abortion have experiences I listed in the above paragraph, as well as/or a previous history of depression, anxiety, etc. This article in the New York Times, “Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?" explains most of that.
Again, I’m very sorry I didn’t make that point clear. While the majority of people feel relief after an abortion, there are plenty who don’t, and it’s incredibly important to support them.

zeonhime:

[deleted for brevity: Bébinn]

There is only one thing I disagree about in this post, and that is PASS, or post abortion stress syndrome. While the community doesn’t want to recognize it as a real thing, as someone who has had an abortion and suffered through it as well as aided other women as they struggled the same exact stages as I did, I am here to tell you that it is very real and it effects more women than people would like to think. Not every woman walks away from an abortion guilt free and not every woman has no needed after care for mental health related issues. If you do research you will find that there is a surprisingly large number of women who have had severe break downs and there are many support groups out there for women who struggle with PASS, and these groups do not label as either pro-life or pro-health. It is also not a “you read it and think you have it”, I had no idea PASS existed until I was many months into the most severe depression of my life. Discovering PASS existed and that I wasn’t alone was what saved my life. So please do not discount it as something that isn’t real: you are taking away from women who do suffer it and who feel completely alone.

Thank you for writing this, and I’m sorry this came off as if I were implying that nobody feels sad, guilty, or regretful after getting an abortion. That is absolutely not true - there is a wide range of abortion experiences and they are all valid. If an abortion experience or the circumstances surrounding it are traumatic (for example, indecision, abuse, desire to continue a pregnancy but no resources to do so, poor treatment by medical staff, etc.), then symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression can certainly arise. There are many support groups and hotlines for people who need them after an abortion, and I’ve made a list of hotlines you can find on the Abortion Assistance Blog.

What I was saying is that post-abortion stress syndrome is not recognized by either the American Psychiatric Association, nor the American Psychological Association. PA[S]S is a term created by Vincent Rue, an anti-choice advocate, and its statistics have been manipulated and greatly inflated by anti-choice think tanks in order to push an anti-abortion agenda. Valid research does not support a generalized link between abortion and mental illness. Instead, what’s most commonly found is that the people who suffer emotionally and mentally after an abortion have experiences I listed in the above paragraph, as well as/or a previous history of depression, anxiety, etc. This article in the New York Times, “Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?" explains most of that.

Again, I’m very sorry I didn’t make that point clear. While the majority of people feel relief after an abortion, there are plenty who don’t, and it’s incredibly important to support them.

(Source: bebinn)

Apr 11 '13
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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.

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Jul 25 '12
Jul 21 '12

FACTS

god-is-prochoice:

prolife4life:

A survey of post-abortive women found that:

28% attempted suicide

31% experienced suicidal feelings

60% commented that the decision to abort made their lives worse

94% 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:

  1. The study is 13 years old.
  2. The journal is published by the Elliot Institute, which has a clearly stated anti-abortion stance.
  3. The creator of the Elliot Institute, David Reardon, has a Ph.D. from an unaccredited university and is well-known for misrepresenting his credentials. Also, the NYT called him the Moses of anti-abortion activists.

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.

May 22 '12
Apr 16 '12

I’m currently putting together a six page paper of the negative psychological effects that often walk hand-in-hand with abortion.

allarecreatedequal:

katherinetheliberal:

allarecreatedequal:

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. 

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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.

You can check the #depression, #post abortion stress syndrome, and #science tags on this blog if you want other articles or information on finding and analyzing them.

Mar 5 '12
Feb 11 '12

Anon: “My abortion didn’t hurt me, people did.”

stfuconservatives:

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!

(Source: stfuconservatives)

Jan 22 '12

Debunking Abortion Myths, in Honor of Roe

ohfortheloveofsagan:

ARTICLE FOUND HERE

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.

 ABORTION MYTHS:

  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.           
      
     
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
Jan 4 '12
Jan 2 '12