This video was recorded yesterday at Sydney University O Week. While the students of LifeChoice Sydney engaged in legal and peaceful dialogue with people both for and against abortion, pro-abortion-choice protesters abused and insulted them.
Rebecca Gosper has a degree in human science and is the director of Life Choice Australia, an activist group in five different Australian University campuses aiming to positively influence culture for the sanctity of life.
She joined me to discuss the science, data and logic these students are willfully ignorant of.
Want quality scientific research and facts?
“Long-term mental health issues are not a side effect of abortion.”
In a 2011 meta-analysis that interviewed over 800,000 women found that women who have an abortion are at an 81% higher risk of subsequent mental health problems than women who have not had an abortion*
At age 25, 42% of women who had had an abortion had also experienced major depression at some stage during the previous four years, which is 35% higher than those who had chosen to continue a pregnancy.
The risk of anxiety disorders was raised by a similar degree, while the women who had had at least one abortion were twice as likely to drink alcohol at dangerous levels compared with those who had not terminated their pregnancies, and three times as likely to be dependent on illicit drugs.
“Abortion is safer than child birth.“
Women who have had an abortion are at 138% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women who give birth. Furthermore post-abortive women have increased rates of anxiety (34%), depression (37%), alcohol misuse (110%), marijuana use (230%) and suicidal behaviour (155%) compare to those who have not had an abortion.*
*Coleman, P.K., 2011. Abortion and mental health: quantitative synthesis and analysis of research published 1995 – 2009. The British Journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science, 199(3), pp.180-6.
Third Trimester Abortion
A woman faces greater risks aborting her child in the late-term, given the child’s size and development. Late-term abortions have a high risk of hemorrhage, lacerations, and uterine perforations, as well as a risk of maternal death. Future pregnancies are also at a greater risk for loss or premature delivery due to abortion-related trauma and injury to the cervix.
There are studies that indicate the risk of depression, anxiety, and suicide is greater for a woman who aborts an unwanted pregnancy than it is for a woman who carries an unwanted pregnancy to term.1
Fergusson, David M with Joseph M. Boden and L. John Harwood. “Does abortion reduce the mental health risks of unwanted or unintended pregnancy? A re-appraisal of the evidence.” Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Sept. 2013, Vol. 47, No. 9, pp. 819-827. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23553240>.
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