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I was going to call this little article “Après Roe, le Déluge” because the Supreme Court’s atrocious decision in Roe v. Wade precipitated an ongoing bloodbath eclipsing the death tolls of iconic despots like Stalin, Hitler and Mao Zedong. But the flood that Louis XV predicted in his comment “Après moi, le déluge” — the French Revolution and Reign of Terror — was not such a big deal as bloodbaths go. Lasting less than a year, “the Terror” resulted in fewer total deaths than are committed every week by abortion providers in the US. Plus, abortion-on-request has now been "legal" for 42 years and counting.
So I’ll just stick with the top 10 things Planned Parenthood does not want you to know: (1) Nearly 58 million children have died from abortion since 1973. (2) Women who’ve aborted have an 81 percent greater risk of mental health problems and a three-fold risk of suicide compared to women who have not had an abortion. (3) Abortions can result in physical complications and maternal death. (4) Later-born children have a higher risk of preterm birth, resulting in disability and death. (5) The relationship between men and women has changed for the worse. (6) Instead of proposing marriage, many men leave the mother of their child with only tough choices. (7) With recreational sex the new paradigm, society is over-sexualized and entertainment borders on the pornographic. (8) Few US babies are available for adoption, leaving infertile couples to spend huge sums for overseas adoption. (9) Unborn lives are so cheapened that we’re now creating and destroying them to harvest their stem cells. (10) Roe undermined the American system of government and our founding principles, making the will of nine Justices, rather than the Constitution, the supreme law of the land. Let me explain further.
1. Roe is responsible for a staggering loss of life. The unborn are not “potential life” as the Court said. They are children with potential to bring love, joy, creativity, solutions, goodness and the image of God into the world. Nearly 58 million boys and girls have lost their lives in abortion since Roe. The abortion industry has promoted abortion as a “women’s rights” issue, hoping we’ll “Pay no attention to that [little girl or boy] behind the curtain.” But unborn children are not background “extras” in the story of mom’s life. They are subjects in their own right, equal in dignity to every other human being. To give some context to the number of abortion deaths, imagine if every man, woman and child living in the six New England states, plus New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware were to die in a catastrophic meteor strike. That’s how many children have been aborted in the US alone. The US population is currently 319 million. If Ebola were to kill 1 out of every 6 residents in the US, that would be equal to the number of children we’ve aborted.
2. Abortion doesn’t reset the clock to a pre-pregnancy state; it changes a woman from being the mother of a living child to being the mother of a dead child. Planned Parenthood would like to convince the world that abortion empowers women and offers relief from the stress of an unplanned pregnancy, but the relief is short-lived and the regret is forever. Numerous studies have investigated the mental health impact of abortion on women. Up to 60 percent of women who have had abortions suffer mild to severe mental health problems. A 2011 study in the “British Journal of Psychiatry” examined 22 studies published since 1995, involving over 800,000 women. Author Priscilla Coleman, PhD found that women who had abortions had an 81 percent increased risk of mental health problems compared to women who hadn’t had an abortion and a 138 percent increased risk of mental health problems compared to women who had given birth. Compared to women who did not have an abortion, post-abortive women had higher rates of anxiety (34 percent higher), depression (37 percent), alcohol use/abuse (110 percent), marijuana use (230 percent) and suicidal behaviors (155 percent). A study of suicides after pregnancy in Finland found that women who aborted were three times more likely to commit suicide in the 12 months following abortion than were women in the general population and six times more likely to commit suicide than women were in the 12 months after giving birth.