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Fact a Day: January 28th

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 30

Are there also psychological consequences to abortion?

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in a survey of available psychiatric and psychological studies, found that there were serious psychological problems that developed in many women after their abortions. The Royal College reported, “The incidence of serious, permanent psychiatric aftermath is variously reported as between 9 and 59 percent.”*

Even Washington psychiatrist-obstetrician Julius Fogel, a doctor who performs abortions, admitted in 1971 before the Supreme Court decision, “I think every woman… has a trauma at destroying a pregnancy… she is destroying herself. . . a psychological price is paid. . . . Something happens on the deepest levels of a woman’s consciousness when she destroys a pregnancy. I know that as a psychiatrist.”*

In a 1989 interview he noted (by this time he had performed some 20,000 abortions), “There is no question about the emotional grief and mourning following an abortion…. Many come in [to the office even years later]—some are just mute, some hostile. Some burst out crying. . . . There is no question in my mind we are disturbing a life process.”*

This whole phenomenon of psychological aftereffects which take place following abortions is known as the “post abortion syndrome.*

*For full documentation, please see The Facts on Abortion. See also the articles in the STREAMS OF LIFE category for help in dealing with post abortion syndrome.

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