Friday, September 2, 2011

The Aftermath of Abortion

For anyone who has met with women who have had abortions, it is painfully clear that they have suffered psychologically from the experience. The first woman I ever met had developed an eating disorder which began the very day after her abortion. She spent 8 years struggling with anorexia and bulimia, was hospitalized several times near the point of death, and finally seemed to come through it after a 12-step recovery program.

Now a study conducted in the UK by Dr. Patricia Coleman confirms what many of us have always suspected:
...women who underwent an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems. The study also found that almost 10% of all women’s mental health problems are directly linked to abortion.
... The research revealed that abortion was associated with a 34% increased risk for anxiety disorders; 37% greater risk of depression; 110% greater risk of alcohol abuse and 220% greater risk of marijuana use/abuse.
Abortion was also linked with a 155% greater risk of attempting to commit suicide.

Read the article here LifeSiteNews

The young woman who had the eating disorder confided in me that she could not discuss her abortion with her psychiatrist because she was simply told that she had to learn to live with it. The concept of guilt was never addressed; in fact, psychiatrists don't address guilt because they don't view human problems as related to sin. Wherein lies a huge problem; women seeking help will not find real help with psychiatrists and psychologists, what they require is coming to know the mercy and forgiveness of God. That they can probably only experience through the loving compassion of women who understand what they have been through.

Project Rachel, Rachel's Vineyard, Silent No More have their work cut out for them.

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