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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

Posts tagged post abortion stress syndrome

Jun 10 '14
"…it is clear that some women do experience sadness, grief, and feelings of loss following termination of a pregnancy, and some experience clinically significant disorders, including depression and anxiety. However, the TFMHA reviewed no evidence sufficient to support the claim that an observed association between abortion history and mental health was caused by the abortion per se, as opposed to other factors."

Mental Health and Abortion - American Psychological Association

There is no such thing as “post-abortion syndrome” or “post-abortion stress syndrome.”

Jun 7 '14
"Women obtain abortions for different reasons; at different times of gestation; via differing medical procedures; and within different personal, social, economic, and cultural contexts. All of these may lead to variability in women’s psychological reactions following abortion. Consequently, global statements about the psychological impact of abortion on women can be misleading."

Mental Health and Abortion - American Psychological Association

Saying “Abortion Hurts Women” ignores the millions of people it doesn’t hurt. It decontextualizes and weaponizes the pain of those who are hurting.

May 20 '14

The idea that abortion harms self-esteem and mental health has been the driving force behind many abortion restrictions, such as waiting periods, forced ultrasounds, and mandated anti-abortion counseling.

Using data from the Turnaway Study, which examines what happens to people who get abortions compared to people who are denied abortions (turnaways), researchers found that this commonly-held belief has little basis in reality.

Apr 27 '14
Apr 24 '14

Common Lies Told By Crisis Pregnancy Centers

expose-cpcs:

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

Truth: Every reputable cancer institute and OB/GYN organization has said this is false and based on poor research. [source] [source]

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]

Mar 5 '14
"Women felt more regret, sadness and anger about the pregnancy than about the abortion."

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.

Feb 28 '14

lovemaniak:

bebinn:

The United States has a pro-life problem. Every day, clinics across the country are besieged by protestors, causing emotional distress to patients and threatening the safety and privacy of patients and clinic staff. Protestors hold gory, photoshopped or mislabeled posters, shout obscenities, pray and sing loudly, stalk patients and staff, and condemn passersby to hell for…walking past, I guess. Some students even get school credit for protesting.

One of the more egregious types of protestors is the “sidewalk counselor,” who, despite having no professional or medical training to claim the title, follows patients up and down the sidewalk, pleading with them not to enter the clinic (and perhaps instead, to visit one of their fake clinics).

At least eight abortion clinic employees have been murdered by anti-abortion extremists since the early 1990’s. Other acts of terrorism include multiple cases of attempted murder, arson, bombings, anthrax threats, stalking, death threats, and vandalism. These extremists usually participated in clinic protests before their attacks, or were associated with anti-abortion groups.

  1. Helpers of God’s Precious Infants protesting outside a clinic in New York City (via @Tracie713)
  2. Protestors outside a clinic in Englewood, New York. Clinic escorts are in neon vests (via Merle Hoffman)
  3. Rain won’t keep away the protestors outside Louisville, Kentucky’s only abortion clinic (via Every Saturday Morning)
  4. A ring of protestors surrounds the buffer zone outside the Coastal Birth Control Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (via USNews)
  5. Catholic schoolchildren pray outside Women’s Med Center in Sharonville, Ohio (via The Catholic Telegraph)
  6. Over 200 students from Virginia’s Christendom College swarm a Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C. (via LifeSiteNews)

It should be pointed out that these are EXTREME protestors. Not everyone is like this! I myself attended a protest while at a catholic high school and it was nothing but peaceful on our part. We remained on the sidewalk on the opposite sidewalk of the clinic, kneeled, and said the entirety of the rosary. Why did we do this? We dont do it to emotionally traumatize the patient, though we have been succesful in some of them choosing to seek help through the church rather than aborting the child and putting THEMSELVES through the emotional trauma of killing their child. We are there to prevent the trauma, not to cause it. As peaceful protestors like the school children displayed above we are taught to only pray for the patient and the aborted child, not to directly intervene with free will. This should be strongly noted, and as i am no longer catholic or attending a catholic school, i am not bias in saying not all protests are like the ones explained above. Hopefully one day women will realize that the church and protests are there to help them avoid a procedure that is proven to cause immense emotional trauma, and give a child their right to live whether it be with the birth mother or not.

I don’t know why I keep reading these kinds of responses to my clinic harassment posts, I really don’t.

Just for you, lovemaniak:

Abortion is NOT a danger to mental health (more on my #post abortion stress syndrome tag)

Why your concern for the pro-life image is selfish and misguided

Praying crowds are still intimidating and shaming

Patients’ experiences with protestors

Hopefully that gives you a little insight.

Feb 28 '14
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.

Aug 7 '13
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)

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.

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.