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Women who have abortions are more likely to have mental health problems

Women who have abortions are more likely to have mental health problems

A 2011 issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry provides a study that concludes that abortions can contribute to mental health problems in the future. Watch the following video to learn more…

In the video the author makes the following points:

  • The study comes from the 2011 British Journal of Psychiatry (issue 199), pages 180—186.
  • The study analyzed 22 other studies that included 877,181 women
  • The key findings from these other studies were that women who had abortions face a…
    • 81% higher risk of mental health problems
    • 155% higher incidence of suicidal behaviors
    • 110% higher use of alcohol
    • 34% higher rates of anxiety
    • 37% higher rates of depression

Abortion is bad for women. It is not the end of a problem; it is the beginning of a new set of problems, often worse than the first.

4D Ultrasound – Pre-born Baby At 16 Weeks

4D Ultrasound – Pre-born Baby At 16 Weeks

Watch this 4D Ultrasound video of a child at 16 weeks:

Here are some facts about a fetus:

  • By Day 15, the fetus begins developing neurons in the brain and spinal column.
  • By Day 22, the heart begins to beat.
  • Up to the age of 8 weeks, the fetus subsists on the yolk sac, which then shrivels away as the fetus begins to rely on his mother for continued nourishment.
  • At 9 weeks, reflexive movement meant to strengthen and exercise his body begins.
  • At just 11 weeks, the fetus exercises the sucking reflex he will need to feed at birth, and develops left or right-handedness at this time – not in childhood, as originally thought.
  • By 16 weeks, the nervous system is up and running, and his bones begin to harden.
  • By 16 weeks, the fetus squirms when prodded.
  • By 16 weeks, the fetus is aware of his environment, especially sounds, since hearing is the first sense to develop. He is especially sensitive to his mother’s voice, and can recognize music – he has memory.

Experts agree that there is no difference between the 33-week old fetus and the newborn child. In fact, birth could be a relatively insignificant event in developmental terms.

 

Abortion – Choice or Murder

Abortion – Choice or Murder?

In this slide presentation author Robin Schumacher looks at abortion from a philosophical and biblical perspective.

Here are the points that Schumacher presents about abortion and whether the fetus is a person. At birth the fetus is considered a person, so at some time between conception and birth the fetus became a person. You can’t gradually become a person. You can’t be only part person. Therefore, at some point you become a full person. The logical time you became a full person is at conception:

  1. Conception. If the fetus has human parents, how can he or she not be human? He or she doesn’t become a dog or a cat.
  2. Brain activity begins. A car in the garage is still a car whether or not you start it.
  3. Pain is felt. Are persons asleep in surgery not human?
  4. Looks human. Appearance is insufficient to define a person. Some people have been disfigured but are still people.
  5. Can function independently of mother. What about people dependent on kidney dialysis machines. Are they not persons?
  6. Birth. All that has changed is the location.

In the following verses, the Greek word for “baby” is the same whether the baby is in the womb or delivered: a child.

  • Luke 1:41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • Luke 2:12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Here are some other Bible verses that refer to the womb:

  • Isaiah 44:24 “This is what the LORD says—your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:…”
  • Job 31:15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?
  • Psalm 139:13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Schumacher goes on to contrast the early churches and biblical view of children (objects of joy) with the view held by Evolutionists/Atheists and Planned Parenthood (mutations to eradicate). Of course Christians view children as a reward from God: (Psalm 127:3) “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.”

 

Weekly Lesson-Three Reasons Why Abortion Is Wrong and Pro-Life is Right

Three Reasons Why Abortion Is Wrong and Pro-Life is Right

This week’s lesson is about why abortion is wrong. To start out, go to the Three Reasons section, where I provide three short videos on the following topics:

  1. The Bible says that a human is in the womb.
  2. Organ donor and fetal homicide laws clash with abortion laws.
  3. Abortions place women at risk.

Who Wants to Become an Abortionist? Most Doctors Don’t!

Who Wants to Become an Abortionist? Most Doctors Don’t!

Why has there been a sharp decline in medical students who train to perform abortions and doctors who actually perform abortions? Read on to find out.

In the January 2012 issue of Townhall magazine11 Daniel Allott quotes some revealing statistics:

  • Most OB/GYNs (obstetrics and gynecology) surveyed (only 14%) are willing to perform abortions.
  • Two-thirds (69%) of metropolitan counties in the United States and 97% of non-metropolitan counties have no abortion provider.2

Why is that? Here are the three main reasons that doctors don’t like to perform abortions:

  • Abortions don’t save lives or cure people.
  • Abortion doctors are stigmatized by the profession
  • The public is increasingly anti-abortion

Abortions don’t save lives or cure people

It’s easy to see why doctors and nurses would be appalled performing abortions. To perform a first trimester abortion you suck the developing baby’s flesh and blood through a tube into a bottle. To perform a second trimester abortion you use forceps to snap the spine and crush the skull and then remove each piece of the baby’s body. The assisting nurse must reassemble the torn pieces of the baby to make sure they didn’t leave any parts inside the womb. Imagine doing this a dozen or more times a day, and you can see why doctors and nurses get demoralized.

One abortion doctor quoted in the article tried to describe the hopelessness he felt, “Is this what the conscientious, dedicated OB- GYN had spent four years in college, four years of medical school, and at least four more years… in residency training to do?” 3

Abortion doctors used to justify themselves by performing abortions in a hospital, not in some back alley, but this no longer is true. Most women use abortions as a form a birth control. Half of the 1.2 million women who annually have an abortion are receiving their second abortion, one quarter their third abortion, and fifteen percent their fourth abortion.

Abortion doctors are stigmatized by their profession

Most doctors want to keep it a secret that they perform abortions. As a result, 94% of all abortions are not performed in hospitals but in stand-alone clinics such as Planned Parenthood. They earn $155 million from performing 332,000 abortions per year.

The public is increasingly anti-abortion

Doctors are also stigmatized because the public has become more prolife recently. Gallup reports that 45% of Americans in 2011 consider themselves pro-life compared to 33% in 1996. Young people in particular are more prolife than ever. As a result, 1.21 million abortions were performed in 2008 compared to 1.61 million in 1990.4

Why has the public become more prolife? Today, women can see their babies in the womb more clearly through high resolution and multidimensional ultrasound imaging. 75% of women change their mind once they see their baby on ultrasound. They can see the child kicking his feet and even sucking his thumb.

You can sum up why doctors don’t like performing abortions: It’s wrong. The public is catching on. Let’s continue the fight against abortions.

To Read More

Daniel Allott, A Dying Practice: The abortion industry is struggling to reconcile its existence with truths about the procedure that even its members find difficult to deny (Townhall, January 2012)

References

  1. Daniel Allott, A Dying Practice: The abortion industry is struggling to reconcile its existence with truths about the procedure that even its members find difficult to deny (Townhall, January 2012)
  2. Ibid, 46.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid, 48.

Does the Bible Address Abortion

Does the Bible Address Abortion?

Although the word” abortion” is not found in the Bible, the issue is addressed in several verses. Read on to see what the Bible says.

The Bible indicates that a human is in the womb in the following verses, provided below:

  • Isaiah 44:24
  • Isaiah 49:1.
  • Job 31:15
  • Psalm 139:13–16 .
  • Jeremiah 1:5.
  • Luke 1:15.
  • Galatians 1:15.

    Isaiah 44:24 “This is what the LORD says—
    your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:
    I am the LORD,
    the Maker of all things,
    who stretches out the heavens,
    who spreads out the earth by myself,

    Isaiah 49:1 Listen to me, you islands;
    hear this, you distant nations:
    Before I was born the LORD called me;
    from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.

    Job 31:15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them?
    Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?

    Psalm 139:13–16 13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
    14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
    15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
    16Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.

    Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
    before you were born I set you apart;
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

    Luke 1:15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.

    Galatians 1:15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased

    Critics will claim that some of these are poetry texts and can not be taken literally. However, there is a verse that can be taken literally: Exodus 21: 22-25:

    Exodus 21: 22-25 22 “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

    Abortion supporters claim that if the baby dies in the miscarriage, a mere fine results but if the mother dies, a life for a life results, suggesting that the unborn is not fully human. However, Greg Koukl in Solid Ground 1 argues persuasively that the verse means exactly the opposite.

    Koukl explain that the Hebrew word for miscarriage is yasa. The word is used 1061 times in the Bible and never is translated to mean a child is delivered dead. On the contrary, it almost always conveys something coming out alive, frequently a child coming out alive. The one occasion when yasa is used for a dead child in Numbers 12:12 (” Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother’s womb with its flesh half eaten away.”). The meaning is clearly a still-birth, not a miscarriage. There are separate Hebrew words that mean miscarriage or abortion, such as nepel and sakal. These words are found in Job 3:16, Genesis 31:38, Hosea 9:14 and a couple of other verses.

    Therefore, the best interpretation of Exodus 21:22-25 is that the baby is delivered alive. The fine is imposed to assist with the care of a prematurely born infant, who often can’t breast feed and can suffer from respiratory problems. If there is a premature birth, then there is a fine. If there is further injury to the child, then there is a life for a life, etc.

    Koukl concludes,

    Regardless of the translation, it’s clear that killing the child—and this text does refer to the unborn as a child—is a criminal act. There is no justification for abortion-on-demand from the Torah. Instead, we have a reasonable—even powerful—argument that God views the unborn as valuable as any other human being.2

    To Read More

    Greg Koukl, What Exodus 21:22 Says about Abortion (Stand To Reason, January/February 2010) Available at: http://www.str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5700 (May 14, 2012)

    References

    1. Greg Koukl, What Exodus 21:22 Says about Abortion (Stand To Reason, January/February 2010) Available at: http://www.str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5700 (May 14, 2012)
    2. Ibid, 4.