Psychiatrist comments on $100 appointments for legal abortions

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Before Roe Vs Wade, some states allowed abortion only if a psychiatrist verified that a woman needed one for her emotional well being. Most psychiatrists were willing to sign a paper saying a woman was suicidal after an $100 appointment, enabling her to abort legally. But according to Dr. Seymour Halleck, a psychiatrist from Wisconsin and supporter of legalizing abortion:

“No psychiatrist, if he is honest with himself… can… describe any scientific criteria that enable him to know which women should have her pregnancy terminated, and which should not. When he recommends an abortion, he usually lies. It is a kind lie, dishonesty intended to make the world a little better, but it is still a lie.”

David C Reardon Aborted Women: Silent No More (Westchester, Illinois: Crossway books, 1987) 167

Studies have shown that women who have abortions are more likely to suffer emotional problems and even to commit suicide. Read about some of these studies here.  


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