Let’s start by asking: Do abortions harm women? We know they harm some women; research has demonstrated as much. The study by Pricilla Coleman published in the British Journal of Psychiatry used data from 22 studies between 1995-2009 and found that “Women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10% of the incidence of mental health problems was shown to be attributable to abortion.”
Understanding the full measure of these results, the author spares no feelings in her analysis. “This review offers the largest quantitative estimate of mental health risks associated with abortion available in the world. Calling into question the conclusions from traditional reviews, the results revealed a moderate to highly increased risk of mental health problems after abortion. Consistent with the tenets of evidence-based medicine, this information should inform the delivery of abortion services.”
A Real Estimate of the Damage
To make these figures slightly more meaningful, let’s put them into real-life terms. An 81 percent increased risk of mental health problems because of an abortion is not the same as 81 percent had mental health problems because of abortion. It means that of the women in this study 81 percent of them are more likely to experience mental health issues as a result of having an abortion.
The next figure (10 percent) addresses the percentage of women who actually did have mental health problems directly related to their abortion. This means that of the 877,161 women in this study, roughly 87,000 had mental health issues because of their abortions.
Now if we apply this 10 percent figure to U.S. census data, the number becomes even more pronounced. According to the Guttmacher Institute’s research examining changes in abortion rates between the years 2000 and 2008, one in three women will have an abortion by age 45 (although this stat is disputed). Using Guttmacher’s own data along with the 2010 census data, that number comes out to roughly 18.6 million women.
If we use Coleman’s findings that 10 percent of 18.6 million women will have mental health problems due to an abortion, that number becomes approximately 1.8 million women. That means 1.8 million women will suffer from mental trauma directly caused by having an abortion before the age of 45. When we understand the magnitude of the problem, it’s easy to see why Coleman argued these results should inform how we deliver abortion services. Specifically, it should inform the abortion industry’s rhetoric.
Abortion Pushers Profit from Telling Women Lies
The messaging from organizations like Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest abortion provider, demonstrate a stunning, almost willful lack of awareness, and gross insensivity towards women who are not “okay” with their abortion. Herein lies the problem for the abortion industry: their messaging campaigns amount to an ill-conceived attempt to make women feel better about their choice to abort by effectively telling them “it’s not…