Alan Guttmacher: Pregnancy doesn’t make mental illness worse

Alan Guttmacher, former president of Planned Parenthood on how pregnancy does not worsen psychological problems. This is in conflict with the belief that abortion is necessary for a woman’s mental health.

“There is little evidence that pregnancy itself worsens a psychosis, either intensifying it or rendering the prognosis for full recovery less likely.”

Alan F Guttmacher “Therapeutic Abortion: The Doctor’s Dilemma” Journal of Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, 21:1954

Around this time and shortly afterward, however, pro-abortion activists were encouraging states to legalize abortion for mental health reasons. this quote shows that they were aware such reasons had no validity.

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. and is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.
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