At the national March for Life last weekend, perennial favorite speaker, co-chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, Chris Smith, slammed the federal abortion agenda and the scientific community’s conspiracy on abortion harms.
“Abortion hurts women, physically, psychologically, and the data strongly suggests that it even mal-affects children subsequently born to women who abort,” he continued, saying at least 102 studies have yielded such findings… and at least 113 studies show a dramatic association between abortion and preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies – 36 percent after one abortion, a staggering 93 percent after two.”
However, Kansas’ health department doesn’t believe abortion is bad for women, or future births, as shown in their MIS-implementation of new materials for the Woman’s Right to Know abortion information.
Six years ago, Gov. Sebelius’ KDHE ‘maternal and infant’ division refused to have their physician panel review the evidence of the abortion link to prematurely delivered, underweight, and developmentally damaged babies.
At that time, there were 55 studies, now there are 113, but still no hint of this serious link in the “medical” warnings of the Kansas abortion booklet. (More on this in future postings.)
Cong. Smith cited the London Times report that “uncovered a clear link between abortion and mental illness in women with no previous history of psychological problems,” showing that post-abortive women “have twice the level of psychological problems and three times the level of depression as women who have given birth or never been pregnant.”
Another New Zealand study found that “78.6 percent of 15-18 year old girls who had abortions displayed symptoms of major depression compared to 31 percent of their peers. And that 27 percent of the 21-25 year old women who had abortions had suicidal idealization compared to 8 percent of those who did not have an abortion.”
Women also should know about the possible link between abortion and breast cancer, said Smith. In particular he mentioned the 2009 study co-authored by a National Cancer Institute researcher who had first denied the link, but later affirmed that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer by 40 percent.
Smith is calling on the pro-life movement to engage in “prayer and fasting” to stop Obama’s virulently pro-abortion agenda and end the cover-up of the effects of abortion on women and their unborn children.