Examining the link between abortion & mental health

Two informal surveys about abortion are now online (see links below), posted by a researcher who actually wants to learn something.

New Hampshire public health officials do not require reporting of abortion’s aftereffects on a woman. So far, the objections of abortion providers have been enough to dissuade the legislature from demanding this information about women’s health.

Getting reports of physical injury, difficult as that may be, would be a cinch compared to getting reports of psychological sequelae. One researcher who has attempted to review available information worldwide on this is Priscilla Coleman, Ph.D., of Bowling Green University. She has been roundly criticized for her efforts (see the replies to her meta-analysis of the available literature here). She now believes that a woman’s abortion dramatically increases the woman’s chance of mental health problems. She is concerned enough about this to want to learn more. She has posted two informal online surveys – yes, informal, although lengthy – because she wants to hear more from women who have confronted abortion.

This information is for you, if the situation applies, and for anyone you know to whom these may apply:

If you have considered abortion, to the point of receiving counseling, but chose not to have one, survey is here. If the link takes you to mid-survey, you should be able to navigate to the beginning.

If you have had an abortion, survey is here.

I would love to see ongoing longitudinal studies of post-abortive women, with all the proper controls. What I’d like even more is for public health authorities to acknowledge that an individual woman’s health is just as important when she gets an abortion as it is when she gets a flu shot. We know more about flu shot complications than we do about abortion complications. To the extent that Dr. Coleman is trying to change that, good for her.




From Da Tech Guy’s Blog: remarks from Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life

Good stuff from Da Tech Guy’s Blog. He spotted Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life down at CPAC, and conducted a quick two-minute interview. Click on the link for your daily dose of encouragement.



Abby Johnson sets 4/8 as “Day of Exodus” from the abortion industry

I wrote last June about Abby Johnson’s ministry, And Then There Were None. A former Planned Parenthood worker herself, Johnson established ATTWN to provide a place to land for people who want to leave the abortion industry. Founded last June, more than forty abortion workers have chosen to come to ATTWN so far for help with the transition to other employment.

While any day is a good day to leave the abortion industry, ATTWN has designated April 8 as “Day of Exodus,” to bring special attention to its work and special encouragement to people who have been thinking about finding a life-affirming line of work. Read more about Day of Exodus here.

Let’s keep in prayer all the women and men working in abortion facilities. You never know who needs just one more bit of encouragement. If you want to offer financial support to ATTWN, check out the Day of Exodus link above for more information.


Philly Abortionist’s Trial: No Pro-Life Jurors?

ABC News is reporting that prospective jurors in the trial of Kermit Gosnell are being asked whether they have “qualms” about abortion or the death penalty, with a “yes” answer resulting in dismissal from the case.

Dr. Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist, is on trial for the 2009 death of one of his patients, Karnamaya Mongar, following an abortion. He also faces charges in the deaths of seven infants born alive and then killed by having their spinal cords severed.

These are the most serious charges arising from operations at Gosnell’s facility in West Philadelphia. Life News has a summary here of what was discovered by a grand jury investigating Gosnell’s practice. This makes for tough reading. There is no delicate way to describe the treatment women and surviving children experienced at the ill-named “Women’s Medical Society.”

President Obama on the Incomplete Journey

“Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.” Thus speaketh our President in his second inaugural address on this MLK Day.

True enough, sir. See you in Washington on Friday for the March for Life.