Thursday, October 2, 2014

Why is informed consent important for women considering abortion?

Abortion is most certainly not good for women.  You won't hear this from pro-abortion politicians, celebrities, and lobbyists.  In fact, they will eagerly stand before crowds and tell them that pro lifers  want to take away their 'right to choose' and that such an occurrence would be a horrible thing for women.  I submit to you that it is a horrible thing to lie to a woman.  It is a catastrophe for a woman to be told that being able to have an abortion is OK, and then for her to have one and never have anyone tell her of the possible consequences.

There is a process called 'informed consent'.  This is the process during which a doctor is expected to talk with a patient and explain the reasons for any procedure which has been proposed and considered, cover the alternatives, and to clearly inform the patient of any complications which could reasonably be expected to occur.  The patient must clearly understand the risks of possible adverse outcomes.

Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights groups have consistently opposed any laws which would have required clear and complete informed consent for abortion.  Abortionists aren't concerned with providing adequate informed consent--such a process would reduce the number of abortions and would thus reduce their cash flow.

If I do not clearly tell a patient about a complication which can occur during or after a surgical procedure she can take me to court and sue me.  I pay $4,000 each and every month to cover malpractice insurance just in case something like that ever happens to me.  If I were ever found to have a pattern of inadequate informed consent procedures, I could have my medical license taken away.

Pro-abortion forces have filed litigation against states that have attempted to enforce strict informed consent procedures for abortion--nothing more strenuous than all other doctors have to do--just efforts to hold them to the same standards that all other doctors must meet.  Fortunately, they were unsuccessful with a law that just passed in South Dakota.  The law has been upheld by the courts.  The law requires abortionists to inform patients that if they have the abortion, they are more likely to suffer from depression, mental illness, and are at increased risk for suicide.

There is clear and convincing data that shows that women who have undergone an abortion are 2.6 times more likely to die from suicide.  A study that evaluated the records of nearly 200,000 women in California found that women who had been through an abortion were 2.6 times more likely to die from suicide than women whose pregnancies had delivered.

Another study shows that teen women who have abortions are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide.

Another study shows that 52% of women who had an early abortion and 67% of women who had a late-term abortion have problems which meet the American Psychiatric Association's criteria for post traumatic stress disorder.

Another study shows that women who have had an abortion are 3.8 times more likely to have drug and alcohol abuse problems.

As if the mental issues aren't enough, another study shows that women who have had an abortion are 3 times more likely to have preterm labor resulting in the delivery of a significantly preterm baby--less than 28 weeks.  So now, knowing this, you have to acknowledge that abortion not only kills the baby, it also brings serious harm to the woman and serious potential harm to her future children.

For those who might want to argue with these points, the references cited are listed in more detail below.

Abortion really is bad for women.  But to hear all the pro aborts arguing against Amendment 1, you would think that abortion was as important to women as food and shelter.  These people aren't really advocating for women--they are using the politics of fear to gain votes and supporting abortion to keep the cash coffers of the abortion lobby open and flowing to them.

If you plan to vote in this election in November and you are a Christian and your faith is important to you--remember these facts.  Realize that presenting abortion as a good thing for women is a self-serving lie.

(The following text was copied from Contemporary OB/GYN)

The more induced abortions a woman has had, the greater the odds her first delivery will be very preterm (< 28 weeks), according to a new study.

Researchers from Finland used a nationwide Finnish registry to identify more than 300,000 first-time mothers of singletons who gave birth between 1996 and 2008. Among them, 10.3% had 1 prior induced abortion, 1.5% had 2, and 0.3% had 3 or more induced abortions.

Published in Human Reproduction, the study showed that, after adjustment for confounding social factors, a dose-response relationship existed between the number of previous abortions and the risk of very preterm birth. Women who had 3 or more previous induced abortions were almost 3 (OR 2.78; 1.48 to 5.24) times as likely to have a very preterm first child as those who had no previous abortions. Odds ratios for women with 2 prior abortions and 1 prior abortion were 1.19 (0.98 to 1.44) and 1.69 (1.14-2.51), respectively (all 95% confidence intervals).

Risks of preterm birth (<37 weeks) and of very low (<1,500 g) and low (<2,500 g) birth weight were statistically significantly increased only in women with 3 or more abortions. Low Apgar scores were not related to the number of previous abortions. The findings suggested a small increase in perinatal death after a previous induced abortion, with the largest increase associated with 3 or more previous abortions, but again, the increases were statistically insignificant.

Most of the abortions were surgical (88%) and performed before 12 weeks’ gestation (91%).

The investigators were careful not to conclude causality, explaining that the observational study, albeit large and well controlled, does not prove cause and effect. But they recommended that women seeking abortions, particularly repeat ones, and physicians be aware of the possible adverse effects on future births.

(The following text is a summary of studies and was copied from

new study with a very limited sample of women having abortions, just 69, has received considerable attention for supposedly disproving the plethora of peer-reviewed studies confirming women who have abortions face both depression and other mental health problems.
Other recent studies from the last two years provide nearly irrefutable evidence that abortion affects women in a myriad of ways — making it so they face everything from depression and relationship problems to PTSD and elevated risks for abusing drugs or alcohol.
An August study published in the Journal of Pregnancy and involving 374 women who had abortions — more than five times the number of women who appeared in the new study — found women having high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms for women having both early and late abortions.
Approximately 52 percent of the early abortion group and 67 percent of the late term abortion group met the American Psychological Association’s criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms (PTSD).
The authors of the study say those high rates are the result of women facing pressure or coercion to have an abortion or, at minimum, ambivalence about having it — showing more pre-abortion screening is needed to rule out abortion as an option for many women.
A May 2010 study put out by researchers at the University of Manitoba in Canada found women who have had abortions are about four times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as those who carried their pregnancy to term. The authors confirmed a link between abortion and the substance abuse issues.
The study appeared in the April issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry and it showed women having abortions were 3.8 times more likely to have substance abuse disorders.