As was pointed out during the hearing, very little research exists on postabortion depression. But as Dr. Shadigian pointed out, that?s the very reason we need more funding. And the evidence we do have shows that the emotional fallout after abortion can be just as devastating as postpartum depression. For instance, last year the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a study showing that ?women who had abortions were 2.6 times more likely than delivering women to be hospitalized for psychiatric treatment in the first 90 days following abortion or delivery.?
But as Fredenburg testified, women who have had abortions are often discouraged from talking about the experience. More research on what abortion does to women?s psyches could change that, and post-abortive women could get the help they need.
You?d think that those who do the most talking about women?s rights could learn to put the needs of women above partisan politics. Sadly, you?d be wrong.
For further reading and information:
Read the transcripts from the hearing ? Improving Women?s Health ? (click on the witnesses names).
John Reichard, ?Postpartum Depression Issue Mixes with Abortion Politics at Combustible House Hearing,? CQ Healthbeat News,
Dr. Gladys A. Sweeney, ? The Psychological Effects: Practices Opposed to the Culture of Life and to Women?s Health ,? At the Podium, Family Research Council,
David C. Reardon, et al., ? Psychiatric admissions of low-income women following abortion and childbirth ,? Canadian Medical Association Journal 168, no. 10 (
Jenni Laidman, ? After decades of research, evaluating abortion?s effect still difficult ,? Toledo Blade,
Douglas Johnson, ? Blood Brothers ,? Weekly Standard,
Roberto Rivera, ? First Things First: Voting and the Sanctity of Life ,? Boundless,
Johannes L. Jacobse, ? Women Are Abortion?s Second Victims ,? BreakPoint Online,
Erika Bachiochi, ed., The Cost of Choice: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion (Encounter, 2004).
See the ?Worldview for Parents? page ? Fearfully and Wonderfully Made .?
Call 1-877-322-5527 to request a free copy of the brochure ?Why Aren?t Women Being Told?? which explains the link between abortion and breast cancer. (You can get 10 copies for $5).
The BreakPoint Culture of Life Packet is a valuable tool for church leaders and citizens, with resources that show what we can do to build a culture of life.