Article in medical journal: abortion triggers obsessive-compulsive disorder

Author Curt Young summarizes a case profiled in  the American Journal of Psychotherapy about a woman whose mental illness was greatly exacerbated by her abortion:

“[The article] recounted the story of a 19-year old woman whose abortion was recommended by a psychiatrist as a mental health safeguard. At the time of her abortion no medical personnel were present with her, so she had the opportunity to study the dead infant. She was especially affected at seeing the tiny but well-formed toes and fingers.

In a strange sort of self-retaliation, she concluded that her hands and feet were dirty and hurt other people. She began washing her hands thirty to forty times each day and refused to wear shoes or socks.  Soon she was continually washing all her possessions. She could no longer function normally. Fifteen months after her abortion, this young woman was admitted to a psychiatric unit.”

The study was:  Steven Lipper and W. Morton Feigenbaum “Obsessive Compulsive Neurosis After Viewing the Fetus During a Therapeutic Abortion” American Journal of Psychotherapy 30 1976, 666-74

The book that cited it:  Curt Young The Least of These: What Everyone Should Know about Abortion (Chicago, Illinois: Moody Press, 1984) 62-63

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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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