“The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts–a child–as a competitor, an intrusion and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the dependent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners.”
It is common knowledge — or should be — that the official policy of TruthNewsNetwork is that aborting a baby is taking the life of a human being. That being said, abortion is likely the most controversial and polarizing social, religious, and health issue of our generation.
One would expect that with scientific findings that conclusively prove that a fetus experiences heartbeat, pain, reaction to other stimuli at just weeks in the womb, Americans would have retreated from their acceptance of abortion. But that apparently is not so. In fact, in a moment we will look at the 2018 world statistics regarding abortions.
Numerous conversations occur everyday about the pros and cons of abortion — its legality, the right to choose, pro-life, etc. Inevitably they occur between or among people who seldom if ever reach a consensus on the matter.
If life begins at inception as many believe, then aborting that baby is indeed killing a human. If that life does not begin until its birth, the question is inconclusive. Certainly it is empirical in this conversation to consider the baby – whether or not one calls an unborn a “baby” or a “fetus.” But often left out of these discussions is the woman whose pregnancy initiates 100% of these conversations.
It has been my finding (and I’m certainly not a doctor) in my contact with those impacted by abortion that those women are almost always left out of discussions about the abortion AFTER the abortion. Seldom is there real concern that results in actions taken to support the involved parties in their processing the procedure and the personal price they pay.
As a result, many of these (if not most) deal emotionally and psychologically in processing not just the abortion itself, but the details that led to the decision and the impact that abortion makes on their lives afterwards. That is a huge mistake. After all, even if that baby was not “legally” alive, there is always great loss in those choices. Humans seldom escape unscathed from the aftermath of personal choices. This — besides the question “Is that baby alive?”remains unanswered — is a critical element of the abortion process that has NOT been adequately addressed.
How many women do you know that have had abortions? I doubt any know for certain an accurate answer to that. Most women do not advertise or freely discuss their abortions. Why is that? Because abortion is such a tremendously important life event and because the cloud of uncertainty that comes with each may never be erased by scientific facts. Not knowing for certain whether an abortion does or does not kill a baby is often destructive to those women.
There is no disagreement over the fact that abortion may trigger, worsen, or exacerbate mental health problems, but rather the main controversy is over whether abortion is ever the sole cause of severe mental illnesses, according to David Reardon, director of the Elliot Institute and author of the review published in Sage Open Medicine. Additional conflicts arise over how known facts are best interpreted and over the definition of key terms.
The review of abortion and mental health (AMH) issues identifies twelve findings around which researchers on both sides of the debate agree. These include:
- Abortion contributes to mental health problems in some women.
- There is insufficient evidence to prove that abortion is the sole cause of the higher rates of mental illness associated with abortion.
- The majority of women do not have mental illness following abortion.
- A significant minority of women do have mental illness following abortion.
- There is substantial evidence that abortion contributes to the onset, intensity, and/or duration of mental illness.
- There is a dose effect, wherein exposure to multiple abortions is associated with higher rates of mental health problems.
- There is no evidence that abortion can resolve or improve mental health.
- Risk factors exist that identify women at higher risk.
- A history of abortion can be used to identify women at higher risk of mental health issues who may benefit from referrals for additional counseling.
- No single study design can adequately address and control for and address all the complex issues that may be related to the AMH issues
As you can see, there is disagreement on the types and numbers of mental issues that impact women who have abortions. And no one knows for sure what percentage are trapped in psychological hell.
How Many Abortions Took Place Last Year?
Abortion was the number one cause of death worldwide in 2018, with more than 41 million children killed before birth, Worldometers reports.
As of December 31, 2018, there have been some 41.9 million abortions performed in the course of the year, Worldometers revealed. By contrast, 8.2 million people died from cancer in 2018, 5 million from smoking, and 1.7 million died of HIV/AIDS.
Worldometers — voted one of the best free reference websites by the American Library Association (ALA) — keeps a running tally through the year of major world statistics, including population, births, deaths, automobiles produced, books published, and CO2 emissions.
It also records the total number of abortions in the world, based on the latest statistics on abortions published by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Globally, just under a quarter of all pregnancies (23 percent) were ended by abortion in 2018, and for every 33 live births, ten infants were aborted.
There were more deaths from abortion in 2018 than all deaths from cancer, malaria, HIV/AIDS, smoking, alcohol, and traffic accidents combined.
The staggering number of deaths from abortion, in fact, has led certain observers to call abortion “the social justice cause of our time,” since judging from the sheer magnitude of the problem other human rights issues pale in comparison.
The year 2018 also saw the repeal of Ireland’s Eighth Amendment, one of the last laws recognizing and protecting the right to life of unborn children.
Last week, the UK Department of Health revealed that in 2017 — the last year for which it has revised abortion statistics — the number of UK abortions hit a 10-year high.
The figures were released just before the Christian celebration of the Feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28, commemorating the decree by King Herod that all male children in Israel under the age of two were to be killed.
The annual March for Life in the United States will take place in Washington, D.C., on January 18, 2019 with the theme “Unique from Day One.”
The stated purpose of the march is to end abortion by “uniting, educating, and mobilizing pro-life people in the public square.”
The annual march commemorates the January 22, 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that invalidated 50 state laws and made abortion legal and available on demand throughout the United States.
(Statistics contributed by Thomas D. Williams, PH.D)
The March for Life is about to take place in Washington. It is a symbol of the heartaches attached to every abortion performed in the U.S. and around the World. That is true whether you are Pro Life or Pro Choice. Why? The trauma that accompanies life leading up to the procedure AND the trauma that accompanies participants in the aftermath are often unbearable but always intense.
What exacerbates this trauma is the unknown: was that baby alive? No matter how vehemently those pro or con may argue, no one knows with certainty about that life.
It is my honest opinion that the question of whether or not the aborted baby was alive IS the traumatic piece of this puzzle that is totally responsible for all the heartache, anger, fear, self-loathing, loneliness, and uncertainty in the abortion process.
But the ultimate horror that at some point is faced in every abortion — whether immediately or sometimes not until years later — is the realization that it “could have been” alive and a decision was made to end that life. And in that choice to terminate that pregnancy, and if that abortion was of a baby, the baby NEVER HAS ANY SAY-SO IN ITS LIFE OR DEATH. That in itself is mind-boggling.
Yes, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats assumed control of the House of Representatives in Congress. Yes, as of today the government is still in partial shut-down mode. Yes, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is still looking for that mystical Russian in the Trump Campaign. We know all that. But what we don’t know for certain is, “Was that Baby alive?”
I am not a woman and therefore have no way of knowing exactly how it feels to feel forced to make that decision. Nor do I know what it’s like to live with the consequences of that choice. Some say I don’t have a right to even express my opinion, just because I’m a man. That might be so. So I’ll leave it here:
”God give everyone who finds themselves in a situation where such a life and death decision with such horrible and oppressive uncertainty is always intrinsic, please comfort those who bear the struggle of the decision and the process in making it. Please somehow give them answers that they see and hear, but most importantly understand. Regardless of how they choose, please guide them in the path of assurance that You have the answer and that You ARE the answer. God bless all who bear this struggle. And teach all of us how to trust You for the answers to all our questions.”