What’s the argument we’ve been given? Isn’t it better for every child to be a “wanted” child?
Abortions — we’ve been told — prevent unwanted/unwelcome children from being born into unhealthy situations, and thereby ensure that every child born is actually a wanted child. Wouldn’t it follow that those children not dashed to pieces by an abortionist would be more tenderly loved by a family that truly wants them?
Logically, one would expect that parents that used artificial controls for beginning a family (e.g. abortion) might have a similar or perhaps lower incidence of child abuse than similar families who did not do so.
Ok, that’s the hypothesis. Let’s see how it holds up.
(excerpted from a Life News article — h/t to WinteryKnight whose own article cites a number of other, related studies)
In Baltimore, a professor at Bowling Green studied the rates of child abuse among mothers who have had at least one induced abortion. They also studied such rates among mothers who had stillbirths or miscarriages.
The findings of the study are that women who have had abortions are 2.4 times more likely to physically abuse their children — Women who had a miscarriage or stillbirth were more likely to physically abuse their children as well, but the increase was much less significant than for women who had abortions.
The authors of this study point to the emotional difficulties of child loss… as found in previous studies.
According to the Illinois-based Elliot Institute, which released information about the study’s findings, prior surveys “have linked pregnancy loss to an increase in grief reactions, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which can have a negative impact on parent/child relationships.”
There’s also the 2002 study linking abortion to increased risk of substance abuse and suicidal thoughts.
According to Elliot Institute director Dr. David Reardon, who has worked on more than a dozen published studies documenting abortion’s negative impact on women, many women either feel a need to keep the abortion a secret or are told to simply “move on” when they try to discuss their pain. Reardon said that greater attention needs to be focused on the long-term effects of abortion on women and their families.
“The common perception seems to be that abortion solves the immediate problem of a crisis pregnancy and that therefore it must be a positive thing for women,” he said. “However, more and more studies such as this one show that abortion can have a severe and lasting impact on women’s lives, shaping their futures and the futures of their families for years to come.”
Planned Parenthood tells us “every child a wanted child!” But now Planned Parenthood’s principal product is shown to be endangering even those kids who have NOT been aborted?
Is this news to them? Probably not. The study was from 2005. And yet, talking heads in the last election still told us how abortion was somehow good for children.
Could it be that they’ve only been interested in the ideology and the money all along?