Anne Furedi runs a chain of abortion facilities in England. She says:
“Even those of us who believe that abortion is ‘a right’ understand that women do not exercise their right to abortion in the same way they exercise their right to vote. We can acknowledge that access to abortion is a social good while acknowledging that it’s a bad experience for an individual woman to have one.”
Anne Furedi “Abortion: some messages can’t be massaged” Spiked 20 November 2006
“I had an abortion at 21 years old, at 10 weeks, and I have regretted it ever since. I was upset before I went through with it, and I came away from the hospital safe but feeling upset and empty. I have experienced depression for years, in part because of this.”
“Endangered, a World in Peril” Human Life Alliance, 1614 93rd Ln. NE., Minneapolis, MN, 55449, p 3
“I bought into the lie that abortion would be the best, the easiest, and the quickest way out of a difficult situation. I bought into the lie that my baby was just a blob of cells, a mass of tissue, nothing that even remotely resembles a human being. When I awoke from the abortion procedure in the hospital I began crying. “I want my baby. Where is my baby?” When I was told to shut up because I was upsetting other people in the recovery room, I was so ashamed I remained silent for the next 19 years.”
“Endangered, a World in Peril” Human Life Alliance, 1614 93rd Ln. NE., Minneapolis, MN, 55449, page 3
An article on abortion describes the nightmares staff who assist in abortions have:
“Nursing staff at hospitals in Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Fort Lauderdale and elsewhere have rebelled at late abortions and have stopped their hospitals from performing any abortions later than the midpoint of pregnancy. Some staff members who regularly perform late abortions report having nightmares about fetuses, including recurring dreams in which they frantically seek to hide fetuses from others.”
Liz Jeffries and Rick Edmonds, “Abortion: The Dreaded Complication.” The Philadelphia Inquirer August 2, 1981
In a research study, a woman talks about her pregnancy that was ended by abortion. She deliberately did not use contraception and got pregnant:
“I used to think it would be nice to have my own little baby and I really loved this man. But I didn’t think marriage would be quite the same. But having a baby would be great.… When I found I was pregnant, I was very happy. [Smiles and laughs]
[Why abortion?] I was happy at first, when I got pregnant. I knew it would be a love baby. However, I hadn’t really thought everything yet. Then my roommate started getting me sensible. How could I feed this poor little thing? How could I raise the baby all by myself? I couldn’t run my own life, let alone a baby’s. I began to realize there was no way I could support the baby.”
Paul Sachwev Sex, Abortion and Unmarried Women (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1993) 117
“It is worth posing the question of whether the widespread use and normalizing of foetal imaging, made possible by scanning technology, has in practice fed into the ideology of foetal rights?
Taken together, the combined impact of the development of imagery is closely linked to the strength of foetal rights ideology.… In an important sense, technology has been used to bolster the case for regarding the foetus as independent of the mother.”
Ursula Barry “Discourses on Foetal Rights and Women’s Embodiment” Aideena Quilty, Sinead Kennedy and Catherine Conlon The Abortion Papers Ireland: Volume 2 (Togher, Cork: Attic Press, 2015) 122
A medical journal published this case history of a woman who became psychotic after her abortion. The woman became psychotic after a miscarriage (labeled a “spontaneous abortion”). But she had previously been in a psychotic state as a result of a past abortion. The miscarriage may have triggered the memory of the abortion. While there might be genuine mental illness at work, the episodes are triggered by pregnancy loss.
A 24-year-old married woman from a nuclear family of lower socio-economic status underwent a spontaneous abortion at ten weeks. Her husband noticed no change in her mental state until 5 days after the abortion when she developed inappropriate behaviour, disinhibition, irrelevant talking, muttering to self, neglect of personal hygiene, loss of appetite and insomnia.
There was a past history of a psychotic illness two years back when she underwent a termination of pregnancy at eight weeks. It was her own decision and she had not expressed any ambivalence or guilt over the termination. There was no change in her mental state until 10 days after the termination. She was diagnosed as suffering from an acute schizophrenic episode and was treated with haloperidol (15-30 mg/day) and trihexyphenidyl (6-8 mg per day) for about 8 weeks when she stopped taking medication, yet remained well. Her first pregnancy and puerpcrium four years back was uneventful. There was no family history of psychiatric disorder. Her birth, early development and schooling was also uneventful.
On mental state examination, she was perplexed and showed signs of neglect of personal hygiene and increased psychomotor activity. Her affect was shallow and she experienced auditory and visual hallucinations. She had ideas of reference. Her orientation and memory were intact. Physical examination revealed no abnormalities and routine blood tests were within normal limits.”
M. S. BHATIA AND R. K. CHADDA “CASE REPORT ‘. RECURRENT PSYCHOTIC ILLNESS AFTER ABORTION” Indian. Psychiat. (1990), 32(4),362-363