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Mental Health Risks

We Know that Women Suffer


 “WheEmman my eyes opened in the [aborton clinic’s] ‘recovery’ room, I was forever a different person – because not only was a baby killed inside me that day, but part of my soul died as well… As the years went
on… I was lost, desperately miserable, struggling with suicidal tendencies and… self-destructng… with alcohol and drugs.”

Emma Morris, now a married mother of three, describing her frst aborton as a 16-year-old in The CourierMail (‘Women don’t need abortons, they just need to be helped’, 24 August 2016).



What Queenslanders Really 002 “I got pregnant at 18 and… I am not sure that I made a choice at all because I was not given any optons… I was certainly not empowered to make an informed decision… [and] there was no clear discussion
about risks… Afer the aborton…I suffered years of regret and depression and anxiety and struggled to connect with my own children when I later gave birth.”

Madeleine Weidemann, testfying before the Queensland Parliament Health Commitee inquiry on the second Pyne aborton bill on 7 November, 2016.


“There is clear and unequivocal evidence that up to 20% of women suffer measurable, serious, and prolonged mental health adverse effects afer aborton, including depression, anxiety and suicide.”

Debbie Garret, executve director, Real Choices Australia, www.realchoices.org.au


A large-scale Finnish study published in the Britsh Medical Journal in 1997 showed that post-abortve women are almost 6 tmes more likely to commit suicide than women who give birth.



A recent US study by Professor Priscilla Coleman of 987 women who sought post-aborton counselling found:

  • 67% visited a psychiatrist, psychologist or counsellor afer their aborton compared to 13% who had visited one prior to their aborton.

  • 51% reported use of prescripton drugs for psychological health compared to 6.6% prior to their aborton.

Winter 2017 editon of Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Coercion / Lack of Choice

The same study by Coleman cited above found:

  • 58% of these women reported abortng to make others happy

  • 73% experienced at least subtle forms of pressure to terminate their pregnancies

  • 28% aborted out of fear of losing their partner if they did not abort

  • 66% said they knew in their hearts that they were making a mistake when they underwent the aborton.


Physical Risks

  • Breast Cancer – post-abortve women have a 30% to 40% greater chance of getng breast cancer. This is evidenced from statstcal data from the USA, France, China, Japan and India. (Lanfranchi & Fagan, Issues in Lawand Medicine, Spring 2014).
    The authors explain the reason for this link is that surging pregnancy hormones (mostly estrogen) stmulate breast growth during the frst months of pregnancy, leaving the breasts with an increase in cancersusceptble Type 1 and Type 2 lobules (where most cancers are known to originate), in the case of induced aborton. If the mother carries her pregnancy to at least 32 weeks, her risk sharply declines because she has matured a sufcient number of lobules into permanently cancer-resistant Type 4 lobules.
    Early miscarriage does not increase the risk of breast cancer because pregnancy hormones are lower than normal.

  • Future infertlity issues, miscarriages and/or premature births; uterine perforaton; haemorrhage; infecton – Myths & Facts About Aborton, Real Choices Australia – www.realchoices.org.au


Decriminalisaton inevitably would increase the number of abortons and more abortons would hurt more women.

With every aborton, the toll is one dead, one wounded. Women deserve beter than aborton - real support and real choices.