“Following their analysis of 31 studies, Garcia-Moreno, & Pallitto (2013) found “strong evidence that women with a history of intimate partner violence are more likely to report having had an induced abortion.”
C Garcia-Moreno & C. Pallitto “Global and regional estimates of intimate partner violence against women; prevalence and health effects of intimate partner and non-partner sexual violence” Geneva, Switzerland World Health Organization, 2013
In one study 27.3% of women stated their experience of abuse influenced their decision to abort.
TW Leung, et al. “A comparison of the prevalence of domestic violence between patients seeking termination of pregnancy and other general gynecology patients” International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 77(1) 2002
A study meant to document that children born from unwanted pregnancies grew up with serious problems failed. The study turned up no evidence linking unwanted pregnancies to unhappy children. The study did not find that children who were unwanted in the womb had bad lives. Researchers said:
“There is contention that unwanted conceptions tend to have undesirable effects…the direct evidence for such relationship is almost completely lacking…It was the hope of this article to find more convincing systematic research evidence and to give some ideas of the amount of relationship and undesired effect on children. This hope has been disappointed.”
E. Polman “Unwanted Conceptions: Research on Undesirable Consequences,” Ethics Quarterly, vol. 14, page 143, 1967
“Recently the Centers for Disease Control conducted a study of maternal deaths and discovered that abortion is now the 6th most common cause. The results of the study, released to the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, admitted that those abortion related deaths may be underreported by as much as 50%.”
George Grant Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood (Franklin, Tennessee: Adroit Press, 1988, 1992) 33
Jessica Stanton writes about a study on how postabortion women were coerced into abortions:
“In a study conducted by Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, Dr. Ian Gentles, and Dr. Elizabeth Ring–Cassidy published in 2013 in Complications: Abortion’s Impact on Women, the authors asked 101 women to share their abortion stories. When they were asked whether they were “coerced or pressured into having the abortion,” 48% of the women answered, “Yes,” and said that the pressure or coercion was in the form of violence or threat. Concerning adolescent abortion, 8% of minors whose parents learned about their pregnancies from a third-party felt forced to abort; 6% of that group stated they were subjected to physical violence.”
Jessica Stanton “Protecting Women and Girls from Coerced Abortions” The American Feminist Fall/Winter 2016
Pro-life doctor Marissa Ogle, M.D wrote about an abortion study that pro-abortion people tried to repress,by Dr. David Ferguson:
“A reputable research scientist attempted to publish results of a well-designed study that concluded, to his surprise, that abortion has a negative impact on the psychological well-being of women. This study by Dr. David Ferguson, a New Zealand pro-choice researcher who was attempting to disprove abortion’s psychological effect on women, found that 42% of women who have had abortions had experienced major depression within the prior 4 years – almost double the rate of women who never became pregnant. The study also indicates that women who have had abortions are twice as likely to drink alcohol at dangerous levels and 3 times as likely to be addicted to illegal substances. The study also found that the risk of anxiety disorders was doubled.
Dr. Ferguson’s study was well-designed, spanning the course of 25 years… The study was undertaken with the position of validating the viewpoint that abortion did not increase mental health problems, but to confirm that these problems were preexisting. Much to the surprise of the researching team, the exact opposite was true. When Dr. Ferguson’s results were presented to New Zealand’s abortion supervisory committee, which ensures that abortions in the country are conducted in accordance with legal requirements, Dr. Ferguson was discouraged from publishing the results. Fortunately, despite his political beliefs, Dr. Ferguson felt that this would be “scientific irresponsibility.” Ferguson himself stated that he remains pro-choice and is not a religious person. The findings were surprising to him, however in his opinions were very robust. He went on to say that abortion is a traumatic event, involving loss and grief that may, in fact, predispose women to mental illness.
The doctor found:
“The fact is that abortions are the most common medical procedure that young women face – by the age of 25, one in 7 have had an abortion – and the research into the costs and benefits have been very weak. This is because the debate between the pro-life and the pro-choice has, in a sense, driven the science out. It verges on scandalous that a surgical procedure that is performed on over one in 10 women has been so poorly researched and evaluated, given the debates about the psychological consequences of abortion.”
Quote is from Ruth Hill “Abortion researcher confounded by study” The New Zealand Herald January 5, 2006
The pro-life author says:
Ferguson then went on to experience a great challenge in finding a journal that would publish the study, very unusual for a research team who typically has research published with the first attempt. A subsequent study by Ferguson reiterated his findings.”
Marissa Ogle, M.D. Still Healing:(2016) 13 – 14
The studies are:
David Ferguson, M., L. John Horwood, Elizabeth M Ritter “Abortion in young women and subsequent mental health” Journal of Psychology and Psychiatry 47.9 (2013): 819 – 27
David Ferguson, LJ Horwood, JM Bowden “Does abortion reduce the mental health risks of unintended pregnancy? A reappraisal of the evidence” Aust N Z Journal of Psychiatry 47.1 (2006): 16 – 24
For a study, a 15-year-old girl named Beckie who had an abortion explained her feelings:
Q: When do you think, in the course of its development, that the fetus becomes a human life?
A: Three months.
Q. What makes it become a human life at that point?
A. Well, either when the heart starts beating, yeah, I guess when the heart stats beating, because that functions everything else, and I believe that starts around three months. Two and a half or three months….after that I consider it murder, whereas beforehand it’s not, you know. (51)
The heart doesn’t start beating at 3 months – starts beating in 3 weeks, and according to some research, even earlier. You can see a video of a baby’s heart beating 4 weeks in the womb. Beckie’s lack of knowledge of fetal development led to her having an abortion when she assumed the heartbeat started later than it really did.
The study also interviewed a woman named Barbara, who also had an abortion. She was also 15.
Q: When you decide that it’s a human being at three months, what things do you think make it human at that point?
A: It’s got a heart. It’s breathing, it’s got a brain, it moves.
Q: Do you think after that point it would be the same as killing?
Q: Do you think it would be the same as killing another human being?
A: Yeah. I don’t really think it should be done.
Q: In the first three month, why is it OK?
A: Because it’s just like an egg, inside of you. It’s just like a thing of fluid, almost. I guess that’s all it is. And it doesn’t really have any shape, it doesn’t really have a brain or anything.” (52)
This is what a baby looks like it 8 weeks in the womb. Brain waves start at 6 weeks.
Here is a picture of a baby’s fingers at at 7 weeks
Again, the study shows that a woman who had an abortion did so with a false view of fetal development
From another teen who had an abortion, Ramona, 17:
“Q: You’re saying it becomes a life around the fourth month?
A: Somewhere around, yeah, the fifth, sixth, and on. I mean that’s when it looks like something, you know. But I think that in the first three months, it’s a life, but it’s not, you know, really completely formed, or anything like that…in the lasts three months I don’t think it should be allowed.” (53)
Judith G. Smetana Concepts of Self and Morality: Women’s Reasoning about Abortion (New York: Praeger Special Studies, 1982)
The study shows how little these teens know about fetal development. Perhaps if someone had taught them more about how a baby develops, they would not have aborted.
Giving the reason why surviving siblings of aborted babies may feel grief and guilt, particularly when the abortion is done after the third or fourth month, researchers said:
“In the presence of prenatal life, young children do not separate the concept of “fetus” from the concept of “baby”. The conceptual difference between the two is a medical and social construct of adults and is not easily understood by children whose approach to the world is concrete.”
Furlong R M, Black R B. Pregnancy Termination for Genetic Indications: the Impact on Families. Social Work in Healthcare 1984, fall; 10 (1): 17 – 34
“One study cited the 3 most common reasons why young pregnant women had abortions without telling their parents. They were, in order, “Didn’t want to hurt or disappoint parent,” “Thought parent would be angry at me,” and “Didn’t want parents to know I was having sex.”
Allison Landes et. al, eds., Abortion: an Eternal Social and Moral Issue (Wylie, TX: Information Plus, 1996) 104
Quoted in Stephen Currie Abortion (San Diego, California: Greenhaven Press, 2000)
Pro-choicer’s argue that only children who are abused at home will not tell their parents. That is why they oppose consent laws, they say. These are the true, most common reasons teens have abortions without telling their parents.