A powerful message for any man considering supporting aborting their child

A powerful message for any man considering supporting aborting their child January 19, 2018

Those of us who hold pro-life values believe that a life is a life from conception. When you hear your baby’s heartbeat just six weeks after conception, there is no denying there is a tiny life nestled inside of you. The child growing in your womb is not just part of “your body” like an appendix, easily eradicated and never missed, it’s a life of its own in incubation, waiting to enter the big, brave world.

Arguments over fetal viability and when life begins aside, one of the lesser talked about and often ignored ramifications of abortion is the lasting guilt, trauma, grief, and emotional pain felt by parents who will never meet the child they conceived.

Mental health risks are significantly higher for women who’ve had abortions compared to those who give birth.

the largest and most definitive analysis of the mental health risks associated with abortion was published September 1, 2011 in the prestigious British Journal of Psychiatry (Coleman, PK, “Abortion and Mental Health: Quantitative Synthesis and Analysis of Research Published 1995-2009,” BJP 2011; 199:180-186). The meta-analysis conducted by Professor Priscilla Coleman, PhD of Bowling Green State University, examines twenty-two major studies published between 1995 and 2009 involving a total of 877,181 women, of whom 163,831 had abortions.

Taking into account all the mental health problems studied—anxiety, depression, alcohol use/misuse, marijuana use and all suicidal behaviors—here is what this rigorous analysis found:

  • Women who have had an abortion have an 81% higher risk of subsequent mental health problems compared to women who have not had an abortion.
  • Women who aborted have a 138% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women who have given birth.
  • Women who aborted have a 55% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women with an “unplanned” pregnancy who gave birth.
  • Women with a history of abortion have higher rates of anxiety (34% higher), depression (37%), alcohol use/misuse (110%), marijuana use (230%), and suicidal behavior (155%), compared to those who have not had an abortion.

The emotional ramifications of abortion are not limited to women.

One man, who goes by Will, held his girlfriend’s hand at a Planned Parenthood while their child was aborted. “When I was holding her hand and they were starting, I wanted to scream out and stop it,” he said, recounting that day.

Will has a message for any man considering supporting the abortion of their child

If you or someone you know is suffering from the pain of abortion, there is always hope and help. You’re not alone.

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  • Rizdek

    You give some good reasons for people not working toward getting abortions. Although it would be difficult to know if abortion leads to these problems of if women with these problems are more inclined to get abortions.

    If there is really concern for the life of the fetus, it’s too bad that the loudest arguers for being pro-life are so angry and hostile. For fence sitters, like me, you’re sentiments are far more effective than those who attack, judge and moralize.