Ig­nor­ing ev­i­dence abor­tions harm­ful

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

For decades, P.E.I. potato farm­ers were en­cour­aged to grow to­bacco. Re­ports of its harm­ful ef­fects were not taken se­ri­ously. To­day a small vo­cal seg­ment of our pop­u­la­tion sim­i­larly ig­nores in­creas­ing ev­i­dence that abor­tion is harm­ful.

Claim­ing that women suf­fer great harm by hav­ing to go to the main­land for this pro­ce­dure, they de­mand that it be avail­able lo­cally. But no mat­ter where abor­tion takes place, it is gen­er­ally ac­com­pa­nied by a mul­ti­tude of harm­ful con­se­quences, like these sam­ples from nu­mer­ous stud­ies and re­search in many coun­tries.

Women who have an in­duced abor­tion are more likely than those who don’t, to never marry, or marry later, to di­vorce or sep­a­rate.

Many ex­pe­ri­ence chronic pain, pelvic in­flam­ma­tions, ec­topic preg­nancy, and sub­se­quent mis­car­riages of wanted chil­dren. An English study re­ported a 620 per cent in­crease in low fer­til­ity.

The risk of hav­ing a pre-term baby in­creases to 27 per cent af­ter one abor­tion, to 62 per cent af­ter another. Such ba­bies have many ma­jor chal­lenges to deal with, some­times for a life­time.

Some en­docrinol­ogy re­searchers see links be­tween in­duced abor­tion and the cur­rent in­crease in auto-im­mune dis­eases among women. Sev­eral abor­tion providers have been sued (suc­cess­fully) for not in­form­ing clients about the ev­i­dence of an abor­tion/breast can­cer link.

There is in­creas­ing ev­i­dence of sub­se­quent per­sonal harm, in­clud­ing sub­stance abuse and in­ti­mate part­ner vi­o­lence.

The Bri­tish Jour­nal of Psy­chi­a­try re­ported an 81 per cent higher rate of men­tal health prob­lems. Large stud­ies from the US, UK and Scan­di­navia have doc­u­mented a high rate of sui­cide.

This is na­ture at work. (Na­ture never for­gets and never for­gives.) But churches and pro lif­ers would be re­miss if they did not ex­press their deep con­cern about these and re­lated dan­gers to women and so­ci­ety.

Abor­tion is no an­swer to prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with un­in­tended preg­nancy. Let’s find bet­ter so­lu­tions. Doreen Bea­gan, Char­lot­te­town

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