Abortion causes psychological harm

“I was 19 when I had an abortion. I was never told it would lead to deep depression and suicidal thoughts. Every time I heard a baby cry it was like a knife turning in my heart. Abortion was supposed to be a quick fix for an unwanted pregnancy, but it was the biggest mistake of my life. You can’t repeal regret.” Bernadette, Cork

There are hundreds of thousands of abortions in Britain every year on mental health grounds, but there is no medical evidence that abortion safeguards or improves women’s mental health. No evidence at all.

Many peer-reviewed studies, however, confirm the testimony of post-abortive women that abortion itself heightens the risk of future mental health problems [1] [2] [3].

As we saw in the referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment, abortion campaigners systematically deny the extent and strength of the peer reviewed reserach debunking claims that abortion helps women’s mental health.  This reluctance extends to suppressing the voices of groups like Women Hurt, which consists of women who regret their abortions and wish to tell their stories.

Watch accounts of women courageously telling their stories at the Women Hurt Facebook page.

If you know someone who is affected, support is available at www.womenhurt.ie

 

[1] Abortion and mental health disorders: evidence from a 30-year longitudinal study, David M. Fergusson, L. John Horwood and Joseph M. Boden, British Journal of Psychiatry, 2008, 193:444-451
[2] Abortion in young women and subsequent mental health. Fergusson DM1, Horwood LJ, Ridder EM. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2006 Jan; 47(1):16-24.
[3] Pregnancy continuation and organizational religious activity following prenatal diagnosis of a lethal fetal defect are associated with improved psychological outcome. Cope H1, Garrett ME1, Gregory S2, Ashley-Koch A1. 2015 Aug; 35(8):761-8