By Dave Andrusko
Like most everyone who writes for a living, I receive many invitations to attend conferences and book launchings. I’m too busy to attend any and, to be honest, it’s rare that I regret not being able to be there in person.
The exception was the kickoff for a new book written by pro-life physicians and scholars—“Complications: Abortion’s Impact on Women.” In a word, abortion’s impact has been devastating, as significant as it is largely unrecognized by the wider public.
The 400+ page book is published by our Canadian friends at The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research. Those who have read NRL News Today may remember our review of an earlier, equally thorough book by the non-profit think-tank—“Women’s Health after Abortion: The Medical and Psychological Evidence.”
“Complications: Abortion’s Impact on Women” is the kind of must-read book that is best consumed a chapter at a time. It is built on over 100 interviews with women who have had abortions and includes contributions from physicians, psychiatrists, and researchers.
Compiled and analyzed by a Trifecta of authors–Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, Dr. Ian Gentles and Dr. Elizabeth-Ring Cassidy—this ten-years-in-the-making book is divided into four major sections: “The Big Picture”; “The Medical Impact”; “The Psychological and Social Impact”; and “Women’s Voices.”
The Introduction’s first paragraph summarizes what the next 21 chapters will document:
“For all three authors the driving force behind this book is the concern about the ill effects—largely unknown, and for the most part unpublicized—of induced abortion on women. After several years of intense research we are more than ever persuaded of the urgency of communication this information to medical professional, counselors, and to women who are contemplating having an abortion.”
The book brings new dimensions to the word “rigorous.” It’s built on more than 650 papers, books, and official documents that examine abortion world-wide.
“This book comes as an enormous relief to many of us who have been studying abortion for decades,“ explains Dr. Priscilla Coleman, PhD, professor at Bowling Green University. “Finally, there is a credible, evidence-based resource to inform medicine, psychology, and law. Moreover, the science is now available in a condensed and easily accessible form to women facing difficult pregnancies and coping with ill-effects of abortion.”
For those who read NRL News Today, it will come as no surprise that a thorough vetting of the research on abortion’s after-shocks would run counter to the statements of institutions, public and private, who have failed at their job of looking out for the safety of women.
That truth shows up again and again in “Complications: Abortion’s Impact on Women.” For example, one of Dr. Lanfranchi’ s chapters, “Biology and epidemiology confirm the abortion-breast cancer link,” is an exquisite explanation why there MUST be an increase in a woman’s risk of having breast cancer if she has an induced abortion. Equally well, she debunks the customary naysayers, including the National Cancer Institute.
The book extensively examines the evidence that abortion has considerable psychological implications for women, which pro-abortionists and their enablers adamantly deny. The authors write that they “provide solid documentation, from several counters that challenge the statement of the American Psychological Association that induced abortion has no adverse psychological effects upon women.”
“Complications: Abortion’s Impact on Women” ends by listening to women and their riveting accounts of their abortion experience. The stories of the 101 women have a common theme: regret and a resolve not to abort again. “These stories, as well as many more from other sources, expose the illusion that abortion is a free choice and a liberating experience for women.”
In interviews Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy, another of the authors, emphasized that the intended audience is much wider than the medical community. “This is for the educated lay person who is interested in the area but who just doesn’t have the time or the capacity for some reason to take on looking at all of this research themselves,” she said. “(So) we are putting it together for them.”
I am only part way through the book, meaning we will talk about this fine work in weeks to come. Details about purchasing the book can be found at www.deveber.org/complications.