Past Abortion Linked To Child Abuse

LifeNews.com | New Study: Abortion More Than Doubles the Risk of Child Abuse:

For decades, evidence has existed showing abortion contributes to a rise in child abuse. Now a new study by a post-abortion research institute and Bowling Green State University professors finds that women who have abortions are more likely to abuse their children.

Published in the medical journal Acta Paediatrica, the study found that women who have had abortions are 2.4 times more likely to physically abuse their children. Pro-life advocates say it proves the need for providing women with post-abortion counseling to help deal with the emotional trauma of the abortion.

Led by Priscilla Coleman, a professor at Bowling Green, researchers looked at data taken from a survey of 518 low-income women in Baltimore who were receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children and who had at least one child aged 12 years or younger.

The data compared rates of child abuse and neglect among women who had experienced either an involuntary (miscarriage or stillbirth) or voluntary (induced abortion) pregnancy loss.

Women who had a miscarriage or stillbirth were more likely to physically abuse their children as well, but the increase was much less significant than for women who had abortions.

Okay, I'm a little slow to this story; AfterAbortion already blogged this study and made some excellent commentary. I'll re-state one of Annie's points, just because I think it needs to be repeated: Correlation does not prove causality. There is clearly a link between abortion and child abuse/neglect, but the link does not prove that the former causes the latter.

That said, this study is only the latest to confirm that another one of abortion's Faustian bargains has proved to be false. Remember that slogan, "Every Child A Wanted Child!"? Abortion was supposed to cure the problem of "unwanted" children, making sure that every (surviving) child would be loved and appreciated. Correlated with this promise, we were also warned of horrible fates that would befall those same "unwanted" children if their mothers weren't allowed to kill them in the womb. Abortion was better "for the children" ... or so we were told.

(Again, I have to state my continuing opposition to the very notion that death is preferable to suffering. My mother, a vocal abortion-rights advocate herself, is an incest survivor. Should she have been aborted to spare her from future suffering?)

Now it seems that abortion has not only failed to prevent child abuse, but a history of abortion may even cause child abuse.

Isn't it just like the Devil to extend a temptation with one hand, then slap you with the other hand while you're not looking?

(cross-posted to Naaman the Ex-Leper)




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