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There is no such thing as “post-abortion syndrome” or “post-abortion stress syndrome.”
Saying “Abortion Hurts Women” ignores the millions of people it doesn’t hurt. It decontextualizes and weaponizes the pain of those who are hurting.
Crisis pregnancy centers are sometimes called fake abortion clinics because of their tendency to locate themselves near real clinics and use deceptive names and advertising. Their real goal is to prevent clients from having an abortion, even if this means lying. These myths are perpetuated on CPC websites, advertisements, materials in the center, and in person.
1) Lie: Abortion causes breast cancer
2) Lie: Abortion causes infertility
Truth: While complications with abortion, just as with any other reproductive procedure, can have an effect on future fertility, abortion does not have a unique negative effect on fertility. [source] [source]
3) Lie: Abortion causes mental health problems
Truth: Sometimes referred to by anti-abortion activists as “Post-Abortion Syndrome” or “Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome,” these effects aren’t supported by the American Psychological Association or the American Psychiatric Association. [source] [source] [source]
4) Lie: Abortion is dangerous
Truth: Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, with a risk of less than 0.05% of major complications that may need hospital care. The risk of death associated with abortion is 1/1,000,000 before 8 weeks and 1/29,000 at 16-20 weeks. [source]
5) Lie: Birth control and condoms don’t work
Truth: The effectiveness of birth control depends on how well it’s used. Condoms have a 98% effectiveness rate when used perfectly, but that goes down to 82% with “typical” use. Long-term methods, such as the IUD and implant, are over 99% effective.
Birth control works best when multiple methods are used together, such as consistently taking the birth control pill and using condoms, or having an IUD and using the pull-out method. [source] [source] [source]
6) Lie: Emergency contraception is abortion
Truth: Emergency contraception, also known as the “morning after pill” or by one brand’s name, Plan B, works primarily to stop the ovary from releasing an egg that can be fertilized by incoming sperm. This prevents a pregnancy from occurring in the first place, and EC will not work if a fertilized egg has already implanted in the uterus. There is no evidence to suggest that EC prevents a fertilized egg from implanting. [source] [source] [source] [source]
7) Lie: The abortion pill doesn’t work on ectopic pregnancies
Truth: This is a half-truth. The medication typically used in medication abortions, mifepristone, has no effect on an ectopic pregnancy. However, methotrexate is also sometimes used in medication abortions, either in pill or injection form, and it can treat an ectopic pregnancy. [source]
8) Lie: Embryos and fetuses can feel pain during an abortion
Truth: The current research finds that fetuses likely cannot perceive pain or distinguish it from touch until the third trimester of pregnancy. Nearly 99% of abortions happen before this point. [source] [source] [source]
Rocca et al. (2013). Women’s Emotions One Week After Receiving or Being Denied an Abortion in the United States. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 45(3), 122-31.
Experiencing complex, even negative emotions after an abortion does not mean a patient feels they made the wrong decision. Post-abortion emotions vary from patient to patient, and from abortion to abortion, depending on life circumstances, social support, and the difficulty they had making a decision. Forcing all patients to undergo mandatory ultrasounds or biased counseling does not address these issues, and may even make the negative emotions worse.
This study also found that, in one of the groups, most of the women who felt regret also felt relief. Most of the women who felt regret also felt the abortion was still the right decision. Focusing on one or two individual emotions denies the reality that we all live - we all experience multiple, often conflicting emotions at any given time.
If anyone would like the full PDF of the study, send me your email address and I can get it to you. Students can also access it through their library account.
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.
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.
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