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Pregnancy Centers Giving False Info on Abortion

Posted on Jul 18, 2006

Washington Post:

Federally funded “pregnancy resource centers” are incorrectly telling women that abortion results in an increased risk of breast cancer, infertility and deep psychological trauma, a minority congressional report charged yesterday.

The report said that 20 of 23 federally funded centers contacted by staff investigators requesting information about an unintended pregnancy were told false or misleading information about the potential risks of an abortion.

The pregnancy resource centers, which are often affiliated with antiabortion religious groups, have received about $30 million in federal money since 2001, according to the report, requested by Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.). The report concluded that the exaggerations “may be effective in frightening pregnant teenagers and women and discouraging abortion. But it denies the teenagers and women vital health information, prevents them from making an informed decision, and is not an accepted public health practice.”


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By polo, July 30, 2006 at 10:02 pm Link to this comment
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Information on Pregnancy that are provided to the womens are very helpful to them to take certain decisons which are beneficial.

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By polo, July 30, 2006 at 10:00 pm Link to this comment
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Infromation on Pregnancy that are provided to the women are very helpful to them to take certain decisons whicfh are beneficial.

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By Liz, July 18, 2006 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment
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You sound like a pro-lifer and mental helth problems are also associated with drugs and substance abuse as well as suicide so the bottom paragraph could have been any mix of the things.

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By rachelle, July 18, 2006 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment
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Right. I’m going to be very bold here. I had an abortion when I was 22 years old. A mistake in all ways and I was indeed “mentally distressed” to have put an end to a wee thing that I was, in a sense, attached to. But reality would have required me to accept undue stress in the form of:

a) doing it alone, with little support.
b) As a student, I didn’t have sufficient income, and
c) I would have felt a deep shame in the eyes of my co-workers and fellow students to be obviously pregnant and alone. The father was “missing in action.” Trust me, there was nothing wrong with my appearance or ethics, but rather those of the other parent. I was a foolish, idealistic young woman.

There is not enough room here to describe or list the types of situations that women find themselves in, which require *immediate* attention. If it’s a result of lack of ethics or feelings, who would want to be the child of that person? If, on the other end, it revolves around a complexity of personal situations, please world, have mercy on both the ‘mother’ or the child. Ultimately, one or both suffer terribly.

What is this CONTROL issue anyway? I have no intention of committing suicide — I have a very, very happy marital relation — and, by choice alone, I have carried only one healthy baby to term. I love him. And unless someone gives me a surprising diagnosis soon, I think I will make it to ripe old age.

As I wrote initially, I consider this to be a very bold post, and I am not proud of my past. But I am not ashamed either, and no, I will not have some ‘inadequate’ god-fearing male question my ethics!

So Steven Ertelt, I can’t help feeling you have a personal agenda of sorts…

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By Steven Ertelt, July 18, 2006 at 10:44 am Link to this comment
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Waxman’s report says pregnancy centers wrongly tell pregnant women that abortion can increase the risk of contracting breast cancer, can lead to mental or psychological distress, and can cause future fertility issues.

Yet, that’s what most research studies on the topic show.

A 1996 report published by the British Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health looked at 23 previous studies and found abortion increases the breast cancer risk by 30 percent.

A 1991 British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology article revealed that women with a history of abortion had a 1.5-1.7 times higher risk of ectopic pregnancy than women who had previously carried a pregnancy to term.

And recent research from Norway and New Zealand has reported an association between abortion and subsequent mental health problems.

The New Zealand study, published by the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, found that mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts, were more likely to occur among women who had an abortion than women who had never been pregnant or pregnant women who did not have an abortion.

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