Having an abortion affects mental health

The ability of parents to learn of defects in their unborn children through modern technology has greatly accelerated the rate at which these children have had their lives ended before they start by abortion. This makes abortion a very important disability issue. In addition, the mothers who have their children aborted also, according to a number of studies, are also at increased risk of the mental health disabilities.

Lifenews.com recently published online an article detailing a study which connects having an abortion with later mental health problems for the woman involved: New Study Shows Direct Link Between Abortion and Mental Health Problems (to access, click on): http://www.lifenews.com/nat4617.html see also http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/168/10/1253 & http://www.physiciansforlife.org/content/view/1682/26/

The Canadian Medical Association Journal has published a number of responses to earlier studies by this research group. Here are two; one against the credibility of the research, and one which not only supports it, but also lists other studies which also give evidence of this connection.

Here is the response by Dr. Brenda Major challenging the research behind these claims: http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/168/10/1257

And here is the response supporting the claims, by Annie D. Banno: http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/169/2/101-d#R1-8

From an Orthodox Christian perspective, the spiritual (mental, emotional, physical) damage incurred by having an abortion is strongly attested from very early in the Holy Apostolic Tradition. (see http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/abortion.aspx )

See also this imperative issued on the Self-ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America‘s website in regard to the Freedom of Choice Act: http://www.antiochian.org/node/18696

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