Women who have had or work with women who have had abortions are reacting to the contorversial MTV show, “No Easy Decision,” featuring a teenage girl’s abortion decision.
They represent the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and they say they and other post-abortive women reacted with sorrow and disappointment to the show, which showed an abortion business misleading women about the development of the unborn baby.
“My heart broke for Markai, not just for her difficult situation, but for the lack of counseling she received,” said Georgette Forney, a co-founder of the group who has had an abortion of her own.
“This abortion decision was driven by economics, but no one told Markai about the help available to her from pregnancy resource centers. No one told her that this didn’t have to be ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ having one child die so the other could live,” she told LifeNews.com.
Janet Morana, another co-founder of the post-abortion women’s group added: “The abortion clinic told this young woman to think of her unborn baby ‘as a little ball of cells.’ It was yet another example of so called abortion counselors acting as unethical salesmen, telling women anything to influence them toward abortion.”
Alveda King, a spokeswoman for the organization and the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., also weighed in on the show. She knows about the devastating physical and mental health aspects of abortions, as she has had and regretted two abortions of her own.
“I ached for Markai,” she said. ““Before one of my abortions, Planned Parenthood told me that my baby was ‘just a clump of cells.’ Decades later, this beautiful young mother was told the same lie. I pray that Markai and all women like her will seek true healing and restoration from a caring post-abortion program like Rachel’s Vineyard.”
Forney, who had an abortion herself at age 16 and strongly regrets her decision, says women who are victims of abortions don’t normally receive any support or help from the abortion business afterwards, or down the road.
“My experience is that women who miscarry are usually given a small window of sympathy, but women who have abortions often resort to using drugs and alcohol to cover up the pain because the people who told us it was ok to abort our babies, don’t want to listen to our crying afterwards,” Forney explained.
A study published in the May 2003 edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal reviewed the medical records of 56,741 California Medicaid patients. It revealed that women who had abortions were 2.6 times more likely than delivering women to be hospitalized for psychiatric treatment in the first 90 days following abortion. Rates of psychiatric treatment remained significantly higher for at least four years.
Another prior study in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of post-abortion patients only 8 weeks after their abortion, researchers found that 44% complained of nervous disorders, 36% had experienced sleep disturbances, 31% had regrets about their decision, and 11% had been prescribed psychotropic medicine by their family doctor.
Some 30 studies over the last five years show abortion hurts women’s mental health.