Fetal Pain Should Prompt Abortion Backers to Reconsider Their Position

Bioethics, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health
In the past, I've blogged on the topic of fetal pain during abortion (Family Research Council Responds to British Fetal Pain Study, Says It’s Flawed). Although the science of whether and when the unborn child can feel pain remains uncertain, we still have a duty to avoid the possibility of inflicting undue suffering on an unborn child. To that end, I found this article by E. Christian Brugger to be though provoking and commend it to you: A much-discussed new law in the state of Nebraska has banned abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, citing the contested notion of fetal pain. Of course, everyone can agree that we have a duty not to cause pain to others without a just cause. Bioethicists endorse the relieving of pain as an expression of…
Read More

Breast Cancer Surgeon Explains How Abortion Elevates Risk for Women

Bioethics, Cancer, Woman's Health
As breast cancer awareness increases among women, one leading breast cancer surgeon and professor has written a full explanation of one of the risks women need to keep in mind when talking with friends and family about the deadly disease -- abortion. Dr. Angela Lanfranchi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. She is a surgeon who, as the co-director of the Sanofi-aventis Breast Care Program at the Steeplechase Cancer Center, has treated countless women facing a breast cancer diagnosis. Lanfranchi was named a 2010 Castle Connolly NY Metro Area “Top Doc” in breast surgery. In an article she wrote for the medical journal Linacre Quarterly, Lanfranchi talks about why abortion presents women problems and increases their breast cancer risk. Here are…
Read More

Microbiologist: Hundreds of Studies Reported to Confirm Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

Bioethics, Cancer, Woman's Health
A microbiologist says there are so many published studies confirming the link between induced abortion and breast cancer that he plans to publish one every day on his blog until he's mentioned them all. It will take Dr. Gerard Nadal so many weeks to cover them all, the blogging will continue until early next year. Here are the details from a report from LifeNews.com: Dr. Gerard Nadal, who has a has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from St John's University in New York, has spent 16 years teaching science, most recently at Manhattan College. He will report on one abortion-breast cancer study daily until he has exhausted all of the abortion-breast cancer studies and he anticipates he may be reporting on these studies as late as January or February of 2011.…
Read More

Study finds later abortions linked to mental health risks, women pressured

Bioethics, Mental Health, Woman's Health
A new study finds the later a woman has an abortion the more likely it is that she faces mental health risks and is under pressure from a partner or others to have an abortion she may not otherwise want. Women getting later abortions also are more likely to be ambivalent about having an abortion. Here are the details from LifeNews.com: The results came from an online survey of 374 women who answered a detailed questionnaire about the circumstances leading to their abortions, their previous mental health history, history of physical or sexual abuse and emotional state following abortion. Although small, the study, published in the Journal of Pregnancy by Dr. Priscilla Coleman of Bowling Green State University, is the first to compare the experiences of women having early abortions…
Read More

Family Research Council Responds to British Fetal Pain Study, Says It’s Flawed

Bioethics, Children's Health, Woman's Health
According to a report from LifeNews, the Family Research Council has released a new report that refutes claims made recently by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) saying an unborn child is not able to feel pain before 24 weeks of development. FRC is concerned that detractors are using RCOG's study to uphold Britain's current legalization of abortions up to 24 weeks. The pro-life organization is also worried abortion advocates in the United States could also try to use this study to argue against Nebraska's new law that states an unborn baby can feel pain at 20 weeks and which, as a result, prohibits abortions from that point. Jeanne Monahan, the director of FRC's Center for Human Dignity, responded to the study saying it is seriously flawed and…
Read More

Study Finds Strong Link Between Abortion and Premature Birth

Bioethics, Children's Health, Parenting
The more we learn about the physical and emotional side effects of abortion, the more concerning it becomes. Now, LifeSiteNews.com is reporting on a new study out of McGill University in Montreal that has found a strong link between a past abortion and premature delivery in subsequent pregnancies. Dr. Ghislain Hardy, a third year resident in obstetrics and gynecology at McGill, and his team did a chart review of 17,916 women who delivered at Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill’s teaching hospital.  Of their sample, 13% had obtained one abortion and 5% had procured two or more. Dr. Hardy’s team found that women with one past abortion were 45% more likely to give birth before 32 weeks, 71% more likely to do so at less than 28 weeks, and more than 50% more…
Read More

Post-Abortion Women Four Times More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol

Bioethics, Mental Health, Woman's Health
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Manitoba finds women who have had abortions are about four times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as those who carried their pregnancy to term. The authors confirmed a link between abortion and the substance abuse issues. This study adds to the risks that we now know occur in women who have previously had an abortion (as opposed to a miscarriage), including mental health issues (especially depression) and, possibly, breast cancer. Before I share the details of this new study, I want to say something very important. If you are one of the many women who has a secret abortion in your past, in no way do I intend to judge or condemn that choice. But, rather, I want…
Read More

New Study Shows 85% of Women Say Abortions Cause Mental Health Issues

Bioethics, Mental Health, Woman's Health
LifeNews.com is reporting on a new study from researchers at a university in New Zealand which found that 85 percent of women who had abortions report negative mental health issues as a result. The report is the latest from professor David Fergusson and his team showing abortions cause problems for women. According to the LifeNews report, the University of Otago team examined the medical history of over 500 women and concluded having an abortion generally “leads to significant distress" in women who have them. It noted women reporting adverse reactions to their abortions were up to 80 percent more likely to have mental health problems and risk of mental illness was “proportional to the degree of distress” associated with the abortion. The study, which appears in the latest issue of…
Read More

Study: Abortion Has More Negative Parenting Impact Than Other Pregnancy Loss

Bioethics, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Amy Sobie is the editor of The Post-Abortion Review, a quarterly publication of the Elliot Institute. The organization is a widely respected leader in research and analysis of medical, mental health, and other complications resulting from abortions. This very informative article of hers was carried in Life News. More Information: (more…)
Read More

New documentary features Dr. Walt and exposes abortifacient qualities of the birth control pill

Bioethics, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Woman's Health
A documentary called “28 Days on the Pill” has been released that seeks to expose the abortifacient properties of the birth control pill. The documentary explains that many forms of birth control pills contain progesterone, which thins the endometrium, the walls of the uterus, which in turn causes it to become inhospitable to newly conceived human life, causing an abortion. More Information: (more…)
Read More

HEADLINE: “Abortion not seen linked with depression.” Don’t believe it for a second.

Bioethics, Mental Health, Woman's Health
Reuters is reporting today that “No high-quality study done to date can document that having an abortion causes psychological distress, or a "post-abortion syndrome," and “efforts to show it does occur appear to be politically motivated.” They base this upon a new report by U.S. researchers. Should you believe this? Not for a New York second. More Information: (more…)
Read More