If feminists were really concerned about women and their health, they would be against abortion. The side effects of a legal abortion can cause life long mental and physical health problems and in rare cases death. Women face a number of possible physical complications as a result of legal abortion, including hemorrhaging that requires a transfusion, perforation of the uterus, cardiac arrest, endotoxic shock, major unintended surgery, infection resulting in hospitalization, convulsions, undiagnosed ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, cervical laceration, uterine rupture and death (Source: Warren Hern, "Abortion Practices," J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, 1990, p. 173 ff.)
Research published in the British Medical Journal concluded that women who abort a first pregnancy are at significantly greater risk of depression. An average of 8 years after their abortions, married women were 138 percent more likely to be at risk of long term clinical depression than similar women who carried their unintended first pregnancies to term. (Source: Reardon D.C., Cougle J.R., "Depression and Unintended Pregnancy In the National Longitundinal Survey of Youth," British Medical Journal, January 2002, 324:151-152.) After an abortion, women can experience psychological reactions such as guilt, regret, nervousness and difficulty sleeping. (Source: J.R. Ashton, "The psychosocial outcome of induced abortion," British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, December 1980, 87:1120-1121.)
In The Bedford Anthology of World Literature: The Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern World, Beginnings -1650 that "...many anthropologists believe that women were central figures in this life... women were the childbearers, the nurturers, and the principal tenders of crops." Women were the central figures because they were honored for their fertility. When did having babies become a burden? Or as President Obama said about his girls, "If they make a mistake I don't want them punished with a baby." How does this "progressive" stance of ending the life of a baby help/benefit women? The truth is abortion doesn't help or benefit women. Abortion doesn't solve the "problem" it just creates new health and mental problems for women to deal with. The true feminists are the ones who cherish what women were blessed with, the miracle of giving life.
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