We know abortion hurts women.
And, no, I don't mean the 63 million children killed in abortion clinics, half of whom were little girls.
I'm talking about their mothers.
I'm talking about what happens to them after their abortion.
Every day, even after Roe's reversal, women walk into abortion clinics fully believing the lie that abortion will solve their problems.
Instead, they walk out empty, both in body and spirit and with lasting effects that, for some, won't go away.
“Abortion is safe, legal and rare,” goes the refrain.
But is that true?
Is abortion safe? And why is it hard to find out what happens afterward?
Is it because the truth is ugly?
According to the group Women Exploited by Abortion, or WEBA, and from the book, Aborted Women, Silent No More, "Long-term complications, usually afflicting the reproductive system, occur in 20 to 50% of all aborted women. The risk of reproductive damage is highest for teenagers and women who abort their first pregnancy.”
In the book, Abortion: the Ultimate Exploitation of Women, Dr. Freda McKissic Bush, an OBGYN, states, “Abortion dramatically increases a woman's chance of giving birth prematurely in the subsequent pregnancy.
"There are over 130 studies in medical literature showing that abortion leads to an increase in very premature births."
Abortion hurts women.
But, if you listen to the legacy media, none of this is true.
Nothing bad ever comes out of an abortion. Not ever.
And that abortion-breast cancer link? That’s pure conspiracy.
Has anyone noticed the alarming rise in breast cancer cases over the last 40 years? Could abortion be a contributing factor?
In a 2016 presentation, Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, a breast cancer surgeon in New Jersey and expert on the abortion-breast cancer link, pointed to 34 statistically significant studies that support the link between abortion and an increased breast cancer risk.
Having an abortion makes women 180% more likely to develop breast cancer, according to a new study produced by a fellow at Johns Hopkins.
Researchers studied 220 women in Aurangabad, India and found that the odds ratio (OR) for developing breast cancer significantly increased with the number of abortions a woman had.
So that's what happens physically, post-abortion.
What about a woman's mental health? Will the powers that be recognize the deep struggle? Or will they lie about what’s going on for women they claim to serve?
"A 2011 study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry revised data from 22 published studies and found a link between abortion and mental health difficulties."
The study found increased risks for:
Anxiety disorders, 34%.
Alcohol abuse, 110%.
From the same article, a 2017 study in The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons found that 67.5% of respondents sought help from a mental health professional after their abortions; only 13% sought help before their abortions.
That study also found that teen girls are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide if they have had an abortion in the last six months than girls who haven't had an abortion.
Consider this from the Elliot Institute, published on LifeNews.com:
Many women describe their experience as a "nightmare," which can hardly be equated with "choice." Sixty percent of women surveyed after abortion responded, "Part of me died."
So, could someone please help me with this part?
How does it help women when their suffering is denied?
How does it help women when the medical realities of abortion, the link to breast cancer, mental health issues, and even premature births, are suppressed?
How does that help?
It doesn't. Instead, the hallmark of the abortion industry is its breathtaking cruelty.
That industry, with its post-abortion after-effect denials, counts on women's post-abortive shame to keep them quiet. It is a deadly conspiracy of silence.
You can shout your abortion. Just not your pain.
And that makes it worse.
Right now, some of you reading this are suffering.
Because you know, first hand, that abortion hurts women.
Because it hurts you, still.
Perhaps you don't feel like you can tell anyone.
But you can.
Even though it's been years. Maybe even decades.
There is good news.
There is hope.
There are people among you that care for you and can help.
You are not alone.
So, let's shout that and end the post-abortion conspiracy of silence with the truth.
Amie Beth Shaver is a speaker, writer, and media commentator. Her column appears every Wednesday in 1819 News. Shaver served on the Alabama GOP State Executive Committee, was a candidate for State House District 43 and spokeswoman for Allied Women. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of 1819 News. To comment, please send an email with your name and contact information to Commentary@1819News.com.
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