The Worst Decision a Woman Can Make

Excerpts from “How Abortion Hurts Women: The Hard Proof” by Erika Bachiochi

 

worstdecisionFor decades the fallacy of feminist ideology is that abortion is necessary for women’s sexual equality and well-being.  That’s opposite o what medical evidence, sociological data, and the lived experience of many women, which proves that abortion harms women physically, psychologically, relationally, and culturally.  I know personally what harm abortion can do to a woman.

 

Destroying Womens Health

Women who have had abortions suffer an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide. A study published in a recent edition of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders found that women who aborted their unintended pregnancies were 30 percent more likely to subsequently report all the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder than those women who had carried their unintended pregnancies to term. A study of a state-funded medical insurance program in California published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry in 2002 showed that the rate of mental health claims for women who aborted was 17 percent higher than those who had carried their children to term. And, according to a 1996 article in the British Medical Journal and a 2002 article in the Southern Medical Journal, the risk of death from suicide is two to six times higher for women who have had abortions when compared, again, with women who have given birth.

Several studies analyzed in a landmark 2003 article in the Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey show that induced abortion also increases the risk of placenta previa by 50 percent and doubles the risk of pre-term birth in later pregnancies. Placenta previa – where the placenta implants at the bottom of the uterus and covers the cervix – places the lives of both mother and child at risk in that later pregnancy. Pre-term birth is associated with low birth-weight babies, and very low birth-weight babies (those born between 20 and 27 weeks) have 38 times the risk of having cerebral palsy – not to mention medical costs 28 times greater than full-term babies. According to Dr. Byron Calhoun, director of the Antenatal Diagnostic Center at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Illinois, approximately 30 percent of pre-term births – which now account for 6 percent of all births are attributable to prior abortions.

There’s more — the link between abortion and breast cancer has attracted much media attention. It is important to understand that there are two different mechanisms by which abortion can increase the risk of breast cancer – one is beyond dispute, the other hotly contested. It is now common medical knowledge that a full-term pregnancy, especially before the age of 32, acts as a protective mechanism against breast cancer. Thus, research shows that teenagers with a family history of breast cancer who have abortions before their 18th birthday have an incalculably high risk of developing breast cancer. Indeed, an abortion clinic in Portland, Oregon, recently settled a lawsuit with a 19-year-old woman who claimed the clinic had failed to inform her of this link between abortion and breast cancer – especially since shed indicated a family history of breast cancer on her intake form. Approximately one-fifth of women procuring abortions are teenagers, and half are younger than 25 years old. The risk of breast cancer is high for those young women who are delaying their first full-term pregnancy through abortion, yet such women are rarely informed of this indisputable link.

The more hotly contested link – though one supported by numerous epidemiological studies and breast physiology – is that abortion itself can cause breast cancer. Through abortion, a woman artificially terminates her pregnancy at a time when her breast cells have been exposed to high levels of potentially cancer-initiating estrogen but before those cells have matured into cancer-resistant cells (as they ultimately do in a full-term pregnancy). According to breast surgeon Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, The same biology that accounts for 90 percent of all risk factors for breast cancer accounts for the abortion-breast cancer link.

Astonishingly, many states do not require that abortion-related complications be reported to their health departments. Nevertheless, a review of available data reveals that thousands of women are injured each year from short-term complications such as hemorrhaging, uterine perforation, and infection. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximates that one woman in 100,000 dies from complications associated with first-trimester abortions. A 1997 study reported in Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey, however, found maternal deaths from abortion to be grossly underreported to the CDC – probably because such reporting is entirely voluntary.

Further, a 1994 article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed that abortions performed at more than 16 weeks gestation have 15 times the risk of maternal mortality as those performed during the first trimester. The same study also showed that black women and other minorities – who have a disproportionate number of abortions when compared with white women – are also 2.5 times more likely than white women to die of an abortion.

Finally, due to the FDAs rush to get RU-486, the so-called abortion pill, onto the market quickly, women have died, and scores of others have suffered serious drug-related complications.

When Planned Parenthood estimates that 43 percent of women will have abortions before they turn 45 years old, and with more than a million abortions performed each year, these collected data reveal a serious women’s health issue that must be addressed. Yet all too often, the evidence is simply denied or ignored.

Abortion is Neither Rare nor Safe

One of the common arguments used in the run-up to Roe v. Wade was the claim that legal abortion would be safer than the back alley abortions that – advocates alleged – killed 5,000 to 10,000 women each year. As many now know, one of the two men leading the change, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, OB-GYN and co-founder of NARAL Pro-Choice America, later recanted the claim, admitting that he and other pro-abortion activists simply fabricated the figure to further the cause of abortion rights.

This is not, of course, to say that illegal abortions were safe; though the actual data are nowhere close to the 10,000 claimed, at least 39 women died from illegal abortions in 1972. But an additional 24 women died that year from legal abortions in states that had weakened their laws in the years before Roe came down. As the medical data above reveal, more than three decades of legal abortion have not made the procedure much safer – women are still dying or suffering serious harm. Even Warren Hern, noted abortionist and author of Abortion Practice, a leading medical textbook, writes, [T]here are few surgical procedures given so little attention and so underrated in its potential hazard as abortion.

Another consistent argument one hears in defense of the abortion license is that the government should never come between a woman and her doctor. Indeed, the Court in Roe considered this relationship paramount. Until viability, the Roe Court said, the abortion in all its aspects is inherently, and primarily, a medical decision, and basic responsibility for it must rest with the physician. Yet only about 2 percent of women having abortions do so for health reasons, and studies have shown that two-thirds of obstetricians and gynecologists – especially female doctors and those under 40 – refuse to perform abortions at all. The vast majority of women who have abortions, then, are not contemplating a medical decision in the care and counsel of their personal physician. Instead, most women receive little or no pre-op counseling about the nature of, risks of, and alternatives to the procedure. They meet the abortionist just minutes before he operates on them and are unlikely ever to see him again.

Abortion’s Second Victim

It’s no wonder that 81 percent of women surveyed in a 1992 study reported in the Journal of Social Issues said they felt victimized by the abortion process, and that they were either coerced into the abortion or that information about alternatives or the actual procedure had been withheld.

Though informed consent requirements are constitutional under Roe, Women’s Right to Know laws that provide women with information regarding the nature, risks, and alternatives to abortion are in effect in only 22 states (with six other states laws held up in litigation). According to the U.S. Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey: In attempting to ensure that a woman apprehends the full consequences of her decision, the State furthers the legitimate purpose of reducing the risk that a woman may elect an abortion, only to discover later, with devastating psychological consequences, that her decision was not fully informed. Not surprisingly, abortion advocates view neither the Casey decision nor the passage of informed consent laws as a step toward a more informed choice; instead, they’re characterized, in court battle after court battle, as an encroachment upon the rights secured in Roe.

While some men lament the choices of their wives or girlfriends (husbands and boyfriends, after all, have no legal rights in the abortion decision), other men serve as the catalysts behind such choices. Nearly 40 percent of post-abortive women in one study reported that partners pressured them into having the abortions. Indeed, in her study of the data, Emory University professor Elizabeth Fox-Genovese reports that the most enthusiastic fans of abortion have been men – at least until they have children of their own.

So while pro-choice feminists hail abortion as the symbol of women’s sexual freedom and equality, the ordinary young woman may find no such liberation when she has sex with her date, thinking, as women are prone to do, that sex will bind the two emotionally. Instead, when he doesn’t share the depth of her feelings and then hands her $400 for the abortion when she becomes pregnant, it’s not only her heart that’s broken. She alone has to live with the possible short-term and long-term medical consequences of the abortion for the rest of her life. For many women, reproductive freedom has meant that women continue to negotiate all that comes with reproduction while men enjoy the freedom of sex without consequences.

The victimization felt by such a large majority of women who undergo abortions, though not appreciated or even recognized by todays pro-choice feminist, was acutely foreseen by an earlier generation of feminists. Americas pioneering feminists, who fought for the right to vote and fair treatment in the workplace, were uniformly against abortion because they recognized it as an attack on women as women – those uniquely endowed with the ability to bear children. While these pioneering feminists endured the painstaking fight to change male-dominated political and economic institutions, the pro-choice feminists of the 1970s and today instead sought to change the very nature of women, convincing many of them that, if theyre to be equal to men, they must simply become like men.


Abortion is Not the Answer

The importance American culture has placed on abortion as an equalizer of the sexes was the central reasoning the Supreme Court used to uphold Roe in its 1992 Casey decision: For two decades of economic and social developments, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail. The Court went on to say that the capacity of women to act in society was based largely on the availability of abortion.

In other words, we’ve gotten used to not having to change much in our market-driven society to allow women to enter our colleges and workplaces on an equal footing with men. We can’t afford to do the much more difficult work of creating environments that welcome women who have children – which, of course, is the great majority of women. Instead, well just continue to tell women what Roe told them a generation before. You choose: your baby or yourself, your baby or your future, your baby or your success — if you want to succeed at all.

The Road Ahead

America’s reliance on abortion has relieved our culture of the costs associated with creating environments truly hospitable to women and their children. If a nation as rich as ours were truly committed to women’s well-being and equality, we would look for real solutions to the underlying causes of abortion – including the serious challenge women face of balancing work or school and family, the disrespect for motherhood, the feminization of poverty, and society’s distaste for the imperfection and vulnerability of the disabled.

This moment in history marks a time of great political and cultural opportunity when, 32 years after the passage of Roe v. Wade, the administration, Congress, and much of the nation seem to be ready to find another way. While the mainstream media persist in confusing the public about its own views on abortion, polls show the tide is turning. A good 75 percent to 80 percent of Americans disagree with the reasons that underlie 95 percent of all abortions. Only about a fifth of Americans believe that the status quo should be maintained, that abortion should be permitted at any time during the pregnancy, for any reason.

Women can rise to the challenge of an unintentional or even abnormal pregnancy – if they have the emotional, financial, and professional support they need. Carrying and giving birth to an unplanned child will take self-sacrifice – undoubtedly. But women who have aborted – and those who have merely lived during this long era of abortion – have sacrificed far more.  It’s time to stop this insanity!

How Your Secret Story Can Help Others

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One woman raised her hand to share her 40-year secret, something even her 46-year-old son doesn’t know. Another spoke up to say she feared that God would no longer love her. A third wept in the back of the room, quietly grieving for those around her.

They were among dozens gathered on a February evening in a Seattle church parlor to hear from the Rev. Susan Chorley.  The Boston-area pastor had come to talk about abortion — her abortion.

By speaking about a subject so many deem unspeakable, she’d empowered others to come forward. She says it’s always this way.

Rev. Chorley shares her gut-wrenching choice she never thought she’d have to make. She was a stressed-out new pastor with a 2-year-old son and a crumbling marriage when she had her abortion a dozen years ago.

Far more painful than the procedure, she says, was the isolation she felt afterward. A woman in the ministry who feared being cast out, she suffered in silence.

Not anymore.

Since June, Chorley has been visiting churches across the country to share her story. It’s part of a recent effort by a group she helped found years ago to support women and men after abortions.

This “pro-voice” philosophy that shuns the “pro-choice” and “pro-life” labels society foists on this hot-button issue is duplicated by multiple other post abortion ministries.  Offering a safe, non-judgmental place to share their hurts, women (and men) flock to the groups to find the comfort they seek.

The job of post-abortion ministries isn’t to decide whether or not the people they serve made the right or wrong decision, but to make sure that they get the unconditional love they need to move forward and have healthy lives.

Initiative 180 offers a safe place to share hurts in a non-judgmental setting.  Our program of recovery is Peace After the Storm.  Find your peace … contact us at turnaround@initiative180.org

 

Abortion Is Nothing to Shout About (Unless You’re Trying to Stop It)bo

Excerpts from CareNet, March 30, 2017, “Why So Few Women Shout Their Abortions”

 

regretFor over a year, abortion activists have attempted to get women to embrace the #shoutyourabortion campaign. Websites like ShoutYourAbortion.com tell readers that, “Abortion is normal. Our stories are ours to tell. This is not a debate.” The activists argue that women feel shame about abortion because there are not enough people publicly celebrating the procedure. If more people “shout” their abortion experience, then more women will be comfortable with abortion.  It’s counter to those women who share their stories of regret after their abortion.  Pre-teen magazines have published articles about what to get a friend after an abortion.

Well, take it from me, there’s nothing good about abortion to shout about.  It’s hurt far more than it’s helped.  Sadly, you don’t hear about the pain, trauma and regret often enough.

With all the media hype in support of #shoutyourabortion, the campaign never went viral. Instead, the campaign barely raised a whisper, let alone a “shout.” The failure can be traced to the reasons women have abortions in the first place. According to the Guttmacher Institute (the research arm of Planned Parenthood), women have abortions for the following reasons:

  1. Concern for or responsibility to other individuals;
  2. The inability to afford raising a child; and
  3. The belief that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents.

Half said they did not want to be a single parent or were having problems with their husband or partner.” Additionally, Guttmacher found that over half of the women who had an abortion were actively using contraception at the time they conceived.

Therein lies the failure of the campaign — none of the reasons women have abortions are worth celebrating.

Women routinely celebrate marriage, a job promotion, college graduation, or the birth of their child. Few women, however, wish to “shout” that their relationship failed, their job cannot sustain them and their baby, their college plans are in jeopardy, or that their contraception failed to do what it promised. No woman enters an intimate relationship with the goal of having an unplanned pregnancy and subsequent abortion.

According to Gallup, 46% of Americans believe abortion to be “morally wrong” and 9% believe its morality depends on the reason for the abortion. Only 43% of Americans believe abortion to be “morally acceptable” no matter the circumstance; yet, abortion activists expect women to “shout” an action that many women believe was immoral.

Though Planned Parenthood now accounts for more than 30% of the approximate 1.2 million abortion procedures in the United States every year (an increase that has doubled from the year 2000), its spokespeople continue to downplay the number of abortions they provide. Rather than pointing out that they perform 160 abortions for every adoption referral, the executive director and her fellow advocates say abortion is only “3% of Planned Parenthood’s services.” Listening to a Planned Parenthood staffer on television could lead one to believe that the abortion giant is the neighborhood cancer screener and prenatal care specialist, not the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Those who value life recognize that abortion is a gut-wrenching and emotionally tumultuous decision. For more than forty years, women and men considering abortion have found compassion, hope, and help at resource centers and post-abortion recovery ministries.  There are 200,000 women a year who regret abortion.  Let’s recognize abortion for what it is – an extremely difficult decision for many women that can result in deep regret requiring a compassionate response.

 

Prayer Always Works

From “Woman Who Had 10 Abortions Brought Niece to Planned Parenthood for One, But Something Happened,” LifeNews.com, March 28, 2017

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If you’ve ever wondered whether God hears our prayers, the answer is, He Always hears his children.  God uses every little action we take to save lives. It happened recently in Houston, Texas, where a baby was just saved from an abortion … and all it took to change a young woman’s mind was seeing one prayer volunteer holding a sign that read: “Pray to end abortion.”  Sometimes the results aren’t immediate.

In this case, it was family members who relentlessly pressured a younger relative to have an abortion. One young woman came to Houston’s giant Planned Parenthood abortion facility with her aunt because her mother was totally against the abortion.

A sidewalk counselor warned the young woman that abortion can cause lasting damage to a woman’s body, physically and emotionally. The aunt responded that abortion had not hurt her.

At this point, the volunteer turned to the aunt … and talked about post-abortion healing programs in which mothers are encouraged to name their aborted babies.

The aunt responded: “All ten of them?”

The two women eventually walked away. But a week later, the younger relative spoke to the counselors at the mobile pregnancy help center parked outside Planned Parenthood.  She did NOT want an abortion … but she DID want their help.

We can pray fervently anywhere and anytime.  Please remember to pray for those seeking an abortion, and for those  who are coercing others to have abortions.  God uses every action to change hearts and minds!  Remember, the hurt following an abortion is real — two lives are saved by not having an abortion.

 

What’s the True Cost of Abortion?

From “Abortion Costs Us $9 Trillion,” Ardee Coolidge, March 23, 2017

 

abortion-1How much is a human life worth?   Think about it long and hard.  It’s impossible to put a monetary value on a human life.  The only answer is PRICELESS.  Unfortunately, there are those who argue that some lives are more valuable than others due to things like sex, race, creed, nationality, or disability and they are rightly criticized by society. But every day, corporations, activists, and individuals are asked to consider this very question and make life-altering decisions.

For Planned Parenthood, the value of an unborn human life is approximately $500, the average cost of one of their abortions. But is that a fair economic exchange for a baby’s life? The Department of Transportation has found that, as a nation, America is willing to spend $9.1 million to save an individual life (based on calculating a wide variety of variables including the costs of preventive medicine, safety devices, average salaries, etc). That means we have decided that the economic and social contributions of an individual American are worth more than $9 million.

One study found that during the first year of a baby’s life, more than $6,000 is spent (e.g. economic activity is generated) for things like diapers, wipes, strollers, and other baby items.  There are about 1,000,000 abortions a year, that is $6 billion of lost economic activity per year as a result of abortion! And more than $9 trillion (yes, trillion with a “t”) of lost economic activity during their lifetimes (again, from just one year’s worth of abortions).

Major corporations like Johnson & Johnson, Adobe, Boeing, and Bath & Body Works, operate against their own self interests by financially supporting the efforts of Planned Parenthood, an organization that reduces the number of customers, employees, and innovators entering the economy and creating wealth. By supporting Planned Parenthood, these corporations (especially Johnson & Johnson a leading creator of baby related products) display hostility to their very economic future, not just unborn life.

The bottom line is abortion is wreaking havoc on our economy.

For a woman facing unplanned pregnancy, considering the lifetime economic impact of an unborn life never comes into play. For many women, a $500 abortion sounds preferable to raising a baby in an abusive relationship, dropping out of college, raising a child as a single mother, or any of the host of other concerns pregnant women face. It is no wonder that 75% of women cite a financial concern as the reason for their abortion.  There are pregnancy resource centers from coast to coast that offer women the compassion, hope, and help and the truth necessary to be able to carry their children to term and pursue their dreams.

Organizations that rely on abortion revenue, like Planned Parenthood, do not provide many prenatal care and parenting resources to their clients. A woman who feels she has all she needs to raise her baby is far less likely to pay $500 for an abortion.

So then, what is the answer to the value of a human life?  Those who support life know that it is impossible to predict the value of a child’s life, financially or culturally. We embrace the mystery what every blip on the fetal heartbeat monitor represents. We recognize that each unborn child has the potential to cure cancer, become president, or otherwise make history. It is this potential that causes even estimates like those of the Department of Transportation to ultimately fail.  We know from experience that none of these outcomes can be determined for the child by his or her parents, doctors, or even the place of his or her birth, but are dependent on choices the child will make during his or her lifetime—choices that child deserves the right to make. Ironically, the very organizations that deny the right of these unborn lives to choose who they will become have the audacity to claim that they are the ones who are “pro-choice.”

A human life, whether it is sheltered within its mother’s womb or facing an unplanned pregnancy, is immeasurably valuable and worthy of our protection,  compassion, hope, and help. And that, friends, is something money can’t buy.