A British psychologist claimed women can find relief in aborting their unborn babies.
Dr. Lucy Johnstone presented new research by the British Psychological Society on Thursday in Dublin, Ireland just after the country voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which protects unborn babies’ rights, The Irish Times reports.
During her talk, Johnstone asserted that even access to abortion can alleviate the distress of an unwanted pregnancy – a widely disputed claim.
The report continues:
On the issue of women in crisis pregnancies and whether abortion can alleviate associated mental health issues, Dr Johnstone said that while an unwanted pregnancy may not result in a mental disorder, the trauma involved does affect mental health.
“These are not brain disorders but they are very, very distressing, and serious states of mind and states of body,” she said. “So, we have to take them seriously in a way that doesn’t necessarily involve calling them brain disorders, which they’re not.
“The trauma is very real. It’s a very real sense of distress that we need to take very seriously. Certainly [access to abortion can alleviate that].”
Believing this talking point of abortion activists, many women have found out too late that the opposite is true. Aborting their unborn baby only added to their trauma and pain.
Numerous studies have linked abortion to increased risks of depression, suicide, substance abuse and more. One large-scale study out of the National Institute for Health and Welfare in 1997 found the suicide rate among women who had undergone abortions was three times higher than women in the general population and six times higher than women who gave birth.
Another study published in the 2010 Journal of Pregnancy found higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among women who aborted unborn babies. Also that year, a study by researchers at the University of Manitoba in Canada found 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.
Many post-abortive women also have shared how their unborn babies’ abortion deaths led to depression, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse. One is prominent pro-life advocate Karen Cross, the political director of the National Right to Life Committee.
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“Nine years after my first abortion, just three years after the second, I began to have nightmares,” Cross said. “I realized my abortions had nearly destroyed my life. I learned that my problems with guilt, low self-esteem, suicidal tendencies, nightmares, and alcohol are actually not uncommon with women who have had abortions.”
Another woman, Lesley McAskie aborted her unborn baby after being raped when she was just 13. More than 40 years later, McAskie said she struggles more with her abortion than she does the sexual abuse.
“Don’t go into having an abortion because it’s a quick fix – it’s not. That abortion experience will stay with you for the rest of your life. It will haunt you,” McAskie said.
Cross encouraged post-abortive women to find healing programs that help individuals work through their unborn babies’ abortion deaths and forgive themselves.