by Steven Ertelt
December 26, 2005
London, England (LifeNews.com) — British pro-life groups say they could provide better help for women who suffer from severe depression after an abortion if it would acknowledge the results of a study showing women still suffer mental anguish from an abortion five years later.
Research published earlier this month by the University of Oslo shows that women who have abortions face greater depression than those who have a miscarriage. According to the study, 20 percent of women who had abortions experienced significant depression five years later.
Anthony Ozimic of the Society for Protection of Unborn Children says the British government needs to change its guidelines claiming only a small number of women experience post-abortion emotional troubles.
"This provides further evidence of the reality of post-abortion trauma, which is distinct in nature from trauma following a miscarriage," Ozimic said.
"The Government has for decades made post-abortion trauma worse for women by denying them the ‘permission’ to grieve," he explained.
“We will be challenging the Government to withdraw its pro-abortion propaganda," Ozimic added. “If the law was changed to create in effect a right to abortion on demand in early pregnancy, it would actually place women under psychological pressure to have abortions."
The new study confirms what many advocates who work with women after abortions have seen firsthand every day.
Laura Middleton, National Director of Caring at LIFE, which runs pregnancy and post-abortion hotlines, says, "Forty-five percent of calls to our help line are from women seeking support several years after having an abortion."