Years ago while searching for information about miscarriages, I ran across a question and answer website for women who had recently had abortions. One girl asked, “Will I ever get over this pain?” The answer again and again from other women who had had abortions was, “No!” I felt terrible for this poor girl. She had no idea how she would feel after having an abortion.
Last September, a study conducted by Priscilla K. Coleman, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University published her research which concluded 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.
Not long after the publication of Coleman’s research, the publishing journal’s (Journal of Psychiatric Research ) editor-in-chief, Alan Schatzberg of the Stanford University School of Medicine, co-authored an editorial criticizing the study. That was the last that was heard of the study in the mainstream media. Coleman’s research was officially “debunked”.
LifeSiteNews spoke to Dr. Martha Shuping, M.D., an expert in post-abortion issues. Doctor Shuping reported that:
It’s not only one study, but many statistically significant studies published in peer reviewed journals with statistically significant results that demonstrate that abortion puts women at risk for mental health problems. The website http://www.standapart.org has one bibliography listing more than 40 such studies, and additional studies have been published since that bibliography was posted in 2008.
It is a shame that mainstream media does not report on this. Women considering an abortion need to know that such a big decision is life changing and comes with varying and difficult consequences. Indeed, abortion is about two lives: the mother’s and the child’s.