By Olivia Gans Turner, Director, American Victims of Abortion
Editor’s note. Elsewhere today at NRL News Today, NRLC Director of Education Randall K. O’Bannon critiques still another flawed study from the University of California, San Francisco. We reached out to Mrs. Gans Turner to provide a more personal critique of a study that is determined to minimize abortion’s aftermath.
This study is just another example of how committed pro-abortion advocates are to dismiss the real life experiences of thousands of women who have sought each other out for over thirty years, seeking support and understanding when so many in professional positions continue to turn a deaf ear to our stories.
The tragedy of “Women’s Mental Health and Well-being 5 Years After Receiving or Being Denied an Abortion” is that these academicians disregard the fact that women have a right to know everything that may happen as a result of an abortion–physical and mental. The sad fact is that this sort of study suggests that because some women did resolve their thoughts and feelings about an abortion with seemingly little consequence, the experiences of the rest of us just don’t count.
Their target is “Women’s Right to Know” laws. But the truth is they provide vital information about risks to women’s bodies, an increased risk of breast cancer, cervical injury, uterine damage, and more.
What a time frame of five years misses entirely are the mothers who abort at, say, age 20 and then try unsuccessfully at age 30 to conceive only to discover that her body is unable to carry a baby (or to get pregnant at all)!
Try to tell me that they aren’t going to question the impact of her abortion or shed some tears!
After 30 years of traveling the country and abroad and listening to women of every background and experience, I can tell you that this study does little to further the much needed understanding of the long term affects of abortion on women’s lives.
In fact, it simply continues to whitewash the abortion industry and the ugly truth of what really happens after babies are killed in our wombs.
The real story is the work done by so many in the pro-life movement to advocate for mothers alongside their unborn children in the laws we have tried so hard to pass!