We found these recent comments from Gary Bauer at American Values worth sharing with you…
In Great Britain recently, Emma Beck, a talented young artist, committed suicide after aborting her twins. A suicide note she left behind read: “I should never have had an abortion. …I told everyone I didn’t want to do it, even at the hospital. I was frightened, now it is too late. I died when my babies died. I want to be with my babies, they need me, no-one else does.”
Beck’s tragedy highlights the growing body of empirical research suggesting a causal link between abortion and psychological problems. That research helped inform a recently-released report by Royal College of Psychiatrists in Great Britain that concluded that women should not be allowed to undergo abortions until they have been informed of the possible risk to their mental health.
This is an interesting development given that abortion advocates in America have long insisted that any pro-life legislation contain an exemption for a woman’s “health,” which the courts have broadly interpreted to include “mental health.” It is a legal lopphole that effectively guts meaningful pro-life bills. But it is also an acknowledgment that induced abortion is not a natural consequence of pregnancy. Killing her unborn child goes against a mother’s natural instincts. It stands to reason that there would be psychological consequences, and a compassionate society should recognize that and reach out to these women. Instead, the pro-abortion Left callously tells women to deny their pain and to celebrate their “choice.”
It is encouraging that Britain is having an open and honest discussion that is badly needed in the U.S. too. Attempts to fairly debate post abortion stress syndrome and depression have been thwarted in America for too long. Hopefully, this British study will reinvigorate the debate.
We appreciate Gary’s insight.