Abortion increases the risk of suicide
A new study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in May found that the number of children and teens admitted to children’s hospitals for thoughts of suicide or self-harm have more than doubled during the last decade.
The number of suicides in the United States has been on the rise since 1999 in everyone between the ages of 10 and 74, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last spring.
Although pregnancy weakens suicidal impulses, Dr. David Reardon, Clinical Director for the Center for Neuro-Oncology at Dana-Farber says, there is strong evidence that abortion dramatically increases the risk of suicide. A 1986 study by researchers at the University of Minnesota showed that a teenage girl is 10 times more likely to attempt suicide if she has had an abortion in the last six months than is a comparable teenage girl who has not had an abortion.
All the studies done on the issue of suicide show that pregnancy is actually correlated with a dramatic decreased rate of suicide compared to non-pregnant women, according to Reardon. “This has led some psychiatrists to suggest that pregnancy somehow serves a psychologically protective role. The presence of another person to “live for” appears to reduce the suicidal impulses of a mentally disturbed or deeply depressed woman,” he says.
The fastest growing suicide rate: Girls and women aged 15- 24
This abortion/suicide link is well known among professionals who counsel suicidal persons. For example, Meta Uchtman, director of the Cincinnati chapter of Suiciders Anonymous, reported that in a 35 month period her group worked with 4000 women, of whom 1800 or more had abortions. Of those who had abortions, 1400 were between the ages of 15 and 24, the age group with the fastest growing suicide rate in the country.
Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry – Offering “costly love” for those who are wounded
Abortion clinics exploit desperate people. They promise to release clients from the darkness of their despair. They appeal to our consumer society’s demand for instant solutions to all our problems. They pose as places of compassion, but they are actually reaping huge profits through the harvest of the lonely, frightened, and confused people who are “unwanted” by society.
Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry promises hope after abortion. We offer God’s mercy and forgiveness so that men and women who are wounded by the loss of a child can be forgiven and set free.
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