Kathy Petersen’s Blog

Abortions can lead to Mental Illness

Posted in abortion, mental disorder, mental illness by Kathy on March 16, 2008

So says the UK’s Royal College of Psychiatrists, anyway. Here’s the article in the TimesOnline about it. Basically, the official opinion of psychiatrists has been that abortion does not cause any mental problems of any sort, or at least, that carrying the baby to term in an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy is worse. From what I can tell, there were few if any studies to back that up when that ruling was made official several decades ago, relying on the idea of abortion as a civil right rather than scientific studies. More recent and better studies have concluded the opposite–including one study headed by a pro-abortion researcher, who undertook the study to prove that abortion did not cause mental problems. Now the truth is getting out, but I highly doubt that Planned Parenthood will disclose the dangers to mental health–including increased incidence of suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and promiscuity–to the women and girls who go to their places of business to seek an abortion. When they call a living fetus–a separate and unique human being from the point of conception–mere “tissue”, and don’t disclose the beating heart and moving limbs from the first few weeks of pregnancy, and the astonishing development from the fertilized egg even before it implants, I strongly doubt that they will disclose any information that would persuade a woman or girl from making the abortion mills richer.


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  1. shannon said, on August 13, 2008 at 9:52 am

    I had a abortion 5 years ago and after the stress of the abortion and a lot of abuse in my life I now have schizophrenia. It did not happen right away but I went through a lot of traumatic and abusive situations while I was grieving and I had a nervous breakdown but also immediately or shortly after the procedure I was very depressed. Abortion can definitely lead to mental health problems and should be unthinkable. Was the worst mistake I ever made in my life. I shortly after remember not feeling connected properly like body mind soul, I wish the idiot doctors would tell about these risks to women BEFORE they have the procedure and not that it is safe because its not.

    You’ve told them better than I could. Thank you for being honest about your experience. Maybe you can save more women from going through what you have done by being so vocal about it.

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