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Abortion: What They Didn't Want The Public To Know Abortion is the most arguable surgical procedure in America to this day. Pro-Life would call abortion a terrible intervention in the life of a young, innocent baby. Pro-Choice would call abortion a safe and logical option to end an unwanted pregnancy. How about what Pro-Choice activists did not want the public to know about their 'safe' abortions? Abortion has negative physical and psychological effects on those involved.

Abortion has severe psychological effects on the human mind. They call this a Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or to be more specific Post Abortion Syndrome(PAS).

Doctor David C. Reardon, widely recognized as one of the leading experts on the after effects of abortion on women, defines PTSD as "A psychological dysfunction which results from a traumatic experience which overwhelms a person's normal defense mechanisms resulting in intense fear, feelings of helplessness or being trapped, or loss of control" (www.abortionfacts.com).

Abortion, can be one precauser to PTSD, considered a very traumatic experience for a women. When a women experiences something like that, she can have emotional pain. The effects of emotional pain and traumatic stress can last over a women's life time. CitezenLink, a web site of Focus on the Family with Dr. James Dobson, notes that "Many women report that the emotional pain goes on for years, disguised as anxiety; mood swings; sleep, appetite or sexual disturbances; or a "flatlining" of emotions, where neither highs nor lows are felt" (www.family.org). Abortion can take a terrible toll on the mother's psychological and emotional state of mind. However some effects like anxiety and sleep disorders are felt by others involved in the abortion process as well.

The psychological effects of abortion are not isolated to the mother, but affect all invlovled. Anne C. Speckhard finds that "Clinic reports and recent studies have indicated that men, women, families, and even health care providers can sometimes experience negative psychological responses following abortion…" (Speckhard 244). There are many other studies which show that families and health care providers suffer traumatic stress from participation in the abortion industry. In one such study done by Dr. Ney, a veteran abortion clinic planter, interviewed former abortion workers and activists. The surprising results were that "…one third struggled psychologically and often still felt guilty, two of five have problems with substances abuse, and 100 percent feel they were moderately, or completely dehumanized by the abortion industry" (Vinvent 24). The demoralized and the guilt a person may receive by participating, or taking part of a death can be very traumatic. That person might lose sleep, become severely distressed, become angry, have mood swings, but what about how the mother deals with abortion? Abortion can affect a person so deeply that she might have suicidal ideation, or even attempt suicide. According to a study done by Dr. Reardon "Approximately 60 percent of women who experience post-abortion sequelae report suicidal ideation, with 28 percent actually attempting suicide, of which half attempted suicide two or more times" (www.abortionfacts.com). Suicide is terrible result of abortion. Not only that, but the negative psychological effects can be increased if the women's situation is perceived to be physically harmful. Dr. Reardon concludes that "The risk that an experience will be traumatic is increased when the traumatizing event is perceived as including threats of physical injury, sexual violation, or the witnessing of or participation in violent death" (www.abortionfacts.com) Abortion has terrible psychological effects on the mother, but these are not the only negative affects .

Abortion also has severe physical effects on the human body. One of the many negative side effects of abortion is the ultimate loss of life. The Elliot Institutes reports that "The leading causes of abortion related deaths are hemorrhage, infection, embolism, anesthesia, and undiagnosed ectopic pregnancies. Legal abortion is reported as the fifth leading cause of maternal death in the United States" (http://www.lifeissues.net). Deaths are a very real possibility after an abortion, and are often over looked. CDC officials, the officals from the Center of Diseaes Control and Prevention, are quoted by Candice Crandall said that "state health agencies are not required by law to report abortion deaths.."(http://w-cpc.org). Fact alone that there would be any deaths caused or related to abortion is proof that women having abortions can die. In addition abortion may not kill the women immediately, but slowly over time including by increasing the risk of susceptibly to diseases such as cancer.

Breast Cancer is a very harmful side effect of abortion, but is only one of the many negative physical effects of abortion. More negative physical effects of abortion include the possible risk of losing the women's own life. According to the World of Health Organization, "500 women die daily from abortions" (http://dainedew.com/safe.htm). Although death is an every day occurrence in abortions, the public won't hear about it from any abortion activists. Abortion activists would argue that the majority of those deaths take place in 3rd world countries. However, the University of Harvard argues that "Every day, 55,000 unsafe abortions take place, 95% of them in developing countries" (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu). Most of these deaths take place in the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. In December of 1995, 21 year old Carlina Gutierrez had ended her unwanted pregnancy by having an abortion. Staggering out of the abortion clinic, she returned home. She phoned the clinic seeking help, but the staff members hung up on her. She called again, and again. Two days later Carolina was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital where is was found that her uterus was perforated in two places. She died on Feb. 5, 1996 as a result of the ensuing infection. (http://c-cpc.org). The public will not hear that from an abortion activist. Abortion activists have lied from the beginning about the prospects of dying from an abortion. Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League, "admits his group lied about the number of women who died from illegal abortions," doubling the number he previously quoted. (http://www.geocities.com/soho/café/2034/statistics.htm). Abortion has severe undesirable physical and harmful effects on the human body.

The physical effects of abortion, however terrible, are often overlooked. Not only are they merely over looked, but the abortion industry also has the audacity to tell the public that abortion is a safe alternative to having a baby. Dr. James T. Dobson, with Focus on the Family tells us that "The industry tells women abortion is a safe alternative to an unplanned pregnancy. However, legal abortion is not without possible complications, including perforation of the uterus, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), increased risk of miscarriage, placenta previa in subsequent pregnancies and even death" (www.famile.org). Abortion is definitely not a 'safe' for many reasons, but why isn't it well known? Candice Crandall, researcher of the after effects on abortion, explores this, "Epidemiologists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will say only that they cannot be certain that all abortion-related deaths are being reported." Later in her report she goes on to say that, "anyone can sit down at a computer, and pull up hundreds of newspaper accounts of death, injury, and fraud at walk in abortion clinics across the country" (http://w-cpc.org). There are hundreds of women getting abortions every day, but they still do not know the risks. Death is not the only negative side effect that abortion activists have not told the public.

Breast cancer is one of those terrible negative physical effects of abortion that pro-choice activists will not admit to. Abortion increases a women's chances of getting breast cancer. It was quoted from 'Risk of Breast Cancer Among Young Women' that abortions are " asocciated with an increased risk of breast cancer; women who underwent an induced abortion when younger than 18 years of age had as subsequent 2.5-fold increase in risk compared with women who have been pregnant and never ad an induced abortion" (http//:www.culture-of-life.org). Every women who goes through an abortion will increase her risk of breast cancer. That woman will increase her risk dramatically. According to the fact sheet provided by the Elliot Institute, "The risk of breast cancer almost doubles after one abortion, and rises even further with two or more abortions" (www.lifeissues.net). Abortion activists will not tell the public that an abortion will increase a women's risk of getting breast cancer by 200%. Abortion has negative psychological and physical effects on a women's body, such as breast cancer, but pro-choice will not tell you that.

Abortion activists will not tell the public about the negative side effects of abortion. They will not tell the public about how a women can not sleep because she is in extreme fear, waking up in sweats, feelings helpless and trapped, thinking about suicide as a way to escape from the psychological pain. They won't tell the public about the eating disorders women will go through, their loss of a social life, and how small and helpless she feels, as if she were her baby in the body bag. Abortion activists will not tell the public how women will increase their risk of breast cancer. Abortion activists are not there to help women when they have nightmares. They are not there when the doctor tells the women she has breast cancer, they are not there to comfort the teenager when she wakes up in a sweat. Abortion activists are not there to help the mother get up in the morning, or feed the women when she will not eat. Abortion activists will not be there for the women, but how could they, when she is in a body bag herself.