Staten Island, NY – Leaders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the nation’s largest network of individuals harmed by abortion, say a new study linking post-traumatic stress disorder with abortion only reinforces what its members have been saying for years.
“It’s always good when a peer reviewed psychiatric study validates what you already know in your heart to be true,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of the SNMAC. “It’s really only common sense, though, that a mother who undergoes the trauma of losing her child, whether voluntarily or under coercion from a boyfriend or parent, would suffer consequences from that trauma.”
The study, published in the journal BMC Psychiatry, evaluated women one month and then three months after their abortions. It found that 20 percent experienced post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms after one month; 61 percent did after three months.
“This is more evidence that abortion hurts women,” added Janet Morana, another co-founder of SNMAC. “The cause and effect link between abortion and mental health problems is obvious, painfully obvious. It’s far beyond time for the abortion industry to stop disrespecting women and tell them the truth about what abortion will do to them.”
Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 2,326 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 200 gatherings in 44 states and six countries where more than 15,000 spectators have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 4,100 people are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals.
The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit www.silentnomoreawareness.org.