Monday, February 27, 2006

Abortion and Mental Health

Big news from the world of psychiatry: When you kill your child you are likely to become bummed out, or depressed as we say in Greentown.

A study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has found that women who have abortions are more likely to suffer psychological problems than those who don't.
"Those having an abortion had elevated rates of subsequent mental health problems including depression, anxiety, suicidal behaviors and substance use disorders," reports David Fergusson, a scientist at New Zealand's Christchurch School of Medicine & Health Science.

See, to me this is like a study that would find that when people have a leg amputated... they walk with a limp.

Oh really!

Some would place this malady at the feet of pro-lifers whose efforts to save fetuses might cause these women pause. But I thinnk it goes back to something as basic as say... maternal instinct? The guilt these ladies feel is born of a conscience that often rears its head when we commit an ugly act.

For me a more interesting study would be follow these same women and see if the ones who subsequently have a religious experience, repent and reject this form of birth control... see if they have better mental health.

1 comment:

janice said...

I'm suprised the guilt they're feeling isn't being placed at the feet of society. If we were more accepting of their murderous acts they wouldn't be so sad....
Good post Chris.