Friday, July 25, 2008

The Facts: Abortion Has Side Effects

It is encouraging to some degree that even ardent pro-choice supporters are unwilling to ignore the truth that women who have an abortion do suffer side effects. Professor David M. Fergusson is one such person who should applauded for not suppressing the truth about the effects of abortion.

A New Zealand study "tracked approximately 500 women from birth to 25 years of age has confirmed that young women who have abortions subsequently experience elevated rates of suicidal behaviors, depression, substance abuse, anxiety, and other mental problems."

What is significant in this study is that they followed the women from birth. This means they were able to assess the women's psychological health before having an abortion. It is irresponsible for the hard line pro-choice crowd to deride these studies as pro-life propaganda and misinformation. When in fact it is these, what I call abortion absolutists, that are suppressing the truth and misleading women about the "choice" they are making.

One has to wonder if the act of abortion itself is the only way to affirm the supposed right found in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, and any women choosing not to kill her unborn boy or girl is actually denying that right. This might explain why groups like Planned Parenthood resist any attempt to adequately inform women about abortion or for minor girls to have to inform their parents they are pregnant. The facts are on the side of protecting the unborn, let us keep arguing for their humanity and helping those women in need to make the right choice.