From a marketing perspective, the name “Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital” suggests a place where women and children can go seeking healthcare and health-affirming treatments in times of illness.
However, a recent ABC News report divulges that abortions are occurring at this “children’s hospital.”
There is nothing about abortion that suggests healthcare for either a mother or her child.
“Certainly, not all women experience emotional problems following induced abortion. However…an alarming amount of evidence has accumulated that, for some women, abortion is responsible for a broad array of deep psychological and emotional disturbances,” stated Dr. Theresa Karminski Burke, PhD and psychiatrist writing on behalf of Rachel’s Vineyard, a post-abortion counseling program.
Burke said an abortion can have devastating psychological effects on women, but many keep the pain hidden.
“According to one study, three out of four people surveyed keep sexual secrets, like abortion, from their partners – and even sometimes from themselves. By not acknowledging a traumatic abortion experience, a psychological barrier is erected and an emotional toxicity is perpetrated. A woman may experience – coupled with denial and avoidance – numbing, amnesia, phobic responses and interpersonal distancing. For this reason, elective abortion remains one of the most emotionally charged and politically sensitive topics worldwide,” Dr. Burke continued.
Australia has no formal data collection mechanism for reporting abortion numbers, Children by Choice reports, but estimated that between one quarter and one third of Australian women will abort an unborn child in their lifetimes.
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South Australia is the only state that regularly publishes abortion statistics. It reports that 27.6% of the women in South Australia will undergo an abortion in her lifetime. Studies in Australia and New Zealand suggest that more than 50 percent of the women were using contraception at the time she became pregnant, the report continues. Overseas students temporarily residing in South Australia are even eligible for abortions.
How many of these women are suffering after the abortion death of their unborn child is unknown.
“In general, there is a ten- to fifteen-year period of denial during which women who were traumatized by their abortions will repress thoughts and feelings about the event. Memories are often triggered with the conception or birth of ‘wanted’ children or by another life-stressing circumstance,” Dr. Burke elaborated.
“For others the trauma may sink deeply into the unconscious and may never surface in her lifetime; yet she will often pay a heavy price – physically, emotionally, and spiritually,” Dr. Burke continued. “It may be alienation; it may be pushing away from intimacy, perhaps a hardening of the maternal instinct. Something happens on the deeper levels of a woman’s consciousness when she terminates a pregnancy.
“As a therapist, I see that there is definite emotional grief and mourning following an abortion. There is no question in my mind that we are disturbing a life process,” Burke said.
Furthermore, the Rachel’s Vineyard report elaborates that 90% of post-abortive women suffer damage in their self-esteem, 50% begin or increase alcohol and drugs, 60% report suicidal ideation, 28% actually attempt suicide, 20% suffer full-blown post-traumatic stress disorder, 50% report some symptoms of PTSD and 52% say they felt pressured by others to have the abortion.
This is just for the mother and doesn’t account for the 100% death-rate to the children in the womb. A children’s hospital, at that, is a place children should be going to overcome health conditions and be able to resume normal life, not die without ever being granted a chance to live.
There is nothing in abortion that falls under the umbrella of healthcare, whether for mother or child. Whether this occurs at a children’s hospital in Adelaide or elsewhere, the child dies and mothers often open a Pandora’s box of unanticipated mental health struggles that she may never have anticipated going into the procedure.
Dr. Burke concluded: “The fierce battlers for abortion rights are blindly dismissing the many women whose lives are being destroyed by the solution they chose to an unplanned pregnancy. Such an attitude displays an uncaring abandonment of reason in favor of ideology. Because the consequences of abortion can be so threatening, we don’t want to exacerbate the problem by doubling or negating the many women who have undergone excruciating pain because of the ‘choice.’”