Post-Abortion Group Worried About American Psychological Association Study

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 3, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 3,
2007

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading organization that speaks up for women who regret their abortions says the American Psychological Association should accept the legitimate negative mental health issues abortions have caused millions of women. The psychological group is slated to begin a new review of abortion and emotional issues.

Georgette Forney, the head of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign is concerned about a new study the APA is beginning that could affect the way mental health professionals look at abortion’s aftermath.

"The APA has created a task force to review all the existing research regarding the negative psychological consequences following abortion," Forney says in an email LifeNews.com received.

"Based on their evaluation of the data, they will release a report that will influence their members and the media for years to come," Forney explained.

Silent No More is sponsoring a letter-writing campaign and urging women who have been emotionally scarred by abortion to make their views heard to APA officials.

The post-abortion group plans to send a letter to the organization with the names of thousands of women who have been hurt by abortion.

"We write to ask how we may have a voice in the deliberations of this task force," the letter to APA will say.

"In examining the existing scientific research, we are aware of thousands of women who may not show up in studies of post-abortion effects," the letter adds. "Part of the purpose of our letter is to make you aware of a very large pool of potential participants in research on potential effects of abortion."

Silent No More also requests a meeting with APA officials to discuss the issue further.

"Leaders of groups representing women who experience negative post-abortion consequences would like to present data to you from our own collected experience," the letter penned by Forney, and Silent No More co-founder Janet Morana, will say.

If the APA conducts an exhaustive and honest review of the data, it will find a New Zealand study showing 40 percent of women who have abortions experienced significant depression — a higher rate than women who carry their pregnancy to term.

Other studies have shown women who have abortions have higher levels of addictions to drugs or alcohol and higher suicide rates.

Related web sites:
Silent NO More Awareness Campaign – https://www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org