A mother in Belgium allegedly tried to kill her three young children last week while suffering massive guilt from aborting her fourth child, an unborn baby with Down syndrome.
According to 7 News Australia, Julie Lambotte, of Hantes-Wiheries in southern Belgium, is in prison facing murder and attempted murder charges.
Last week, she allegedly stabbed two of her children and drowned her youngest in a bathtub, the report states. According to police, Lambotte said she tried to kill her children because she could not deal with the guilt of aborting her fourth child, an unborn baby who had Down syndrome.
The mother is accused of drowning her daughter Orphee, 22 months, in a bathtub last week, according to the report. She also allegedly stabbed her daughter Ceres, 7, to death and stabbed her son, Thibald, 9, who is in serious condition at an area hospital, the report states.
Lambotte is in prison in Bruges, and she is scheduled for a psychological evaluation, according to the report.
The abortion industry often downplays or dismisses the risks of abortion, but women frequently suffer along with their unborn babies. Numerous studies have shown links between abortions and increased risks of psychological problems, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse and suicide.
A 2011 study in the British Journal of Psychiatry found an 81% increased risk of mental health problems after an abortion.
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“Results indicate quite consistently that abortion is associated with moderate to highly increased risks of psychological problems subsequent to the procedure,” the study states. “Overall, the results revealed that women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81 percent increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10 percent of the incidence of mental health problems were shown to be directly attributable to abortion.”
A 2008 article in The Lancet, a highly respected medical journal, also acknowledged the mental health risks of abortion and urged that there be wider availability of psychological counseling for post-abortive women.