As a a member of the American Association of Therapists Treating Abortion Related Trauma, Jessica feels strongly about educating others about the impact that abortion can have on a person, a couple, a family and society. A study conducted by Priscilla K. Coleman reveals that at least 10% of the mental health being treated today are attributed to abortion. See this study at British Journal of Psychiatry, September, 2011.
"The British Journal of Psychiatry (BJP), a journal published by Britain’s Royal College of Psychiatrists released Coleman’s study entitled “Abortion and mental health: quantitative synthesis and analysis of research published 1995-2009,” that critically reviewed the results of 22 previous studies on abortion and mental health published between 1995-2009. These 22 studies included data on 877,181 women from six countries, 163,831 of whom had experienced an abortion. The results revealed moderate to high increased risk of mental health problems after abortion. Women with a history of abortion had an 81% higher risk of subsequent mental health problems. More specifically, the study found that women with a history of abortion had an increased risk of anxiety (34% higher), depression (37% higher), alcohol (110% higher), marijuana use (220% higher), and suicidal behavior (155% higher).
The new study is the work of Priscilla K. Coleman, a research psychologist and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University, and the author of numerous other peer-reviewed medical studies on the mental health impact of abortion." Landmark Study Provides More Evidence Abortion is a Mental Health Risk for Many, Confirms AUL’s Call for Informed Consent Laws By Americans United for Life Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Men also suffer as a result of an abortion experience. The response to their loss of fatherhood will be correlated to how they were invovled in the abortion decision. Abortion, often times, goes against a man's innate desire to protect and provide for his mate and his offspring. Abortion is in direct opposition with this innate desire. Therefore, abortion leaves men feeling a loss of control and emasculated.
There is hope and healing for both parents of abortion. Recovery and healing from abortion brings dignity to the aborted child and restores the parents offering hope, healing and reconciliation with themselves, with God and with their aborted child.
In case of an emergency please contact your local hospital, call 911 or the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255