Abortion, a cultural tsunami of unfathomable proportions, will affect the demographics, economy and collective psyche of American culture for decades to come.
Approximately 1.31 million abortions are done in America every year. Our country has seen over 46 million abortions since 1973, the year abortion was made legal by the Supreme Court decision known as Roe v. Wade.
Many supporters of abortion on demand throughout the nine months of a woman’s pregnancy have said they think abortions should be “safe and rare.”
Abortion is not a “simple solution” to unplanned pregnancy and one could hardly call it “rare.” Millions of post-abortive women suffer from the physical and psychological (http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/ASMF/asmf14.html) side effects of abortion. They may have survived the procedure but their lives are often devastated after the abortion as they are at increased risk for depression, substance abuse, breast cancer and infertility.
In many cases, women are pressured into unwanted abortions by their boyfriends, husbands, parents, social workers, or doctors. This is a grave injustice to women. There are many cases of women being badgered and abused until they submit to an unwanted abortion (Elliot Institute, Reversing the Gender Gap, Acorn Books, 2004, pg. 42). In cases of sexual abuse or incest, the perpetrator is often the primary advocate of abortion because it conveniently destroys the "evidence" of the abuse. In such cases, abortion allows the abuse to continue.
For many women, abortion remains a deep, dark secret. In spite of its legal status, some women are unable to share their experiences even with their closest friends and relatives. Often a woman decides to have an abortion in order to save a relationship, only to find that after the abortion, the relationship fails anyway.
Some women, however, are stepping forward to tell the world, especially women who are contemplating this irreversible procedure, that abortions are bad for women. Post-abortive women have organized into a group called Silent No More (http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org). They are speaking the truth about post-abortion syndrome and the new human life violently attacked in the womb.
Our culture appears to be sliding uncontrollably toward an ever more barbaric environment for pre-born babies, children and adolescents. Why, since the legalization of abortion in America, do we have an increase in the incidence of child abuse rather than the expected decrease?
The sexual revolution was supposed to bring freedom and equality to women. What have our teenagers inherited from this movement in regards to their physical and emotional wellbeing? Handing out contraceptives in so-called “teen health clinics” to girls and boys as young as thirteen, often without parental consent, only encourages participation in sexual activities that teenagers are not emotionally ready to handle. (For more information about abstinence education, see http://www.abstinence.net.)
Young women on birth control experience pressure from their male peers to be sexually available. These young women often feel “used” and unloved by men who are no longer encouraged to control their sexual desires but instead to indulge them at the young girl’s expense. Adolescent girls involved in sexual promiscuity do not experience the love and commitment of a husband who is emotionally and financially ready to support the natural results of sexual intercourse, including pregnancy.
As our precious teenagers dabble in promiscuity, it often leads to emotional confusion, exposure to sometimes deadly and/or incurable sexually transmitted diseases, or unplanned pregnancies they are ill-equipped to handle. After handing them the keys to their own psychological and physical destruction, these “teen health clinics” offer them the back-up “solution” to failed contraception and unplanned pregnancy: abortion. This is the legacy of self-destructive sexual behavior promoted by pro-abortion organizations.
We encourage you to explore this section of our site in order to become more aware of all the different aspects of abortion and the abortion decision.
If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, please click here for a list of Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Rhode Island. They offer free pregnancy testing and confidential counseling and referrals.
If you are looking for emotional healing after an abortion, visit Rachel's Vineyard at: http://www.rachelsvineyard.com