Post-Abortion Women Challenge Psychologists’ Claim of ‘Harmless’ Abortions
Sunday, August 17, 2008
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
(CNSNews.com) - Women who have had abortions, scientists, and pro-life advocates
are joining forces to refute the findings of an American Psychological
Association (APA) task force that claims women who have one abortion do not
experience any more mental problems than women who decide to give birth.
“The best scientific evidence published indicates that among adult women who
have an unplanned pregnancy, the relative risk of mental health problems is no
greater if they have a single elective first-trimester abortion or deliver the
pregnancy,” said Brenda Mayor, lead psychologist on the APA task force, in a
press release about the report, which was released last week.
The study has outraged women like Leslee Unruh, whose decision to have an
abortion inspired her to dedicate her life to helping other women who she says
have lived to regret that decision and who say they have suffered both emotional
and physical damage as a result.
“It’s one thing to take our money and do what they did to harm us,” Unruh, who
founded the Alpha Center pregnancy resource in her home state of South Dakota
and is the moving force behind Initiated Measure 11 on the state’s November
ballot to ban abortion, told CNSNews.com. “It’s another to dismiss our grieving.
That is the ultimate slap.”
“The APA should advocate a closer examination of the grief and warn women of the
well-documented dangers (of abortion),” Theresa Burke, founder of Rachel’s
Vineyard, a Christian recovery program for post-abortive women, said in response
to the task force’s finding.
“Instead, the APA continues to censor information, de-legitimize research,
prohibit opposing points of view, obstruct discussions, avoid scholarly debates
and promote intolerance of those who are negatively impacted by abortion,” said
Repeated requests by CNSNews.com to interview several members of the APA task
force, including Major, and separate requests for comments from the APA were not
answered by press time.