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Saturday, September 20, 2014

"Detroit area nurses deliver help to new mothers"

Some good news, for a change. A story in The Detroit News from last month.

The Detroit Wayne County Nurse-Family Partnership can be reached by calling Direct: 303.327.4240 , OR Toll-free: 866.864.5226.

"After serious complications with her pregnancy, Murray gave birth to Christian on April 21. He weighed 5 pounds, 2 ounces, and suffers from health problems. But she and her baby receive two to four visits a month — and unlimited phone conversations — with a registered nurse. The visits, research shows, could prolong both of their lives.

"A 20-year study published in JAMA Pediatrics in July found that the Nurse-Family Partnership, which provides low-income first-time moms with regular home visits from nurses with bachelor’s degrees, reduces preventable deaths for mothers and their infants."

But the picture is worth a thousand words, isn't it?

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Friday, September 19, 2014

New Reposting of My Columns at

I've just discovered a new (?) reposting of my old columns, the still-relevant ones, today, at I am flattered. They'd been in archival pages for awhile. I'll have to let them know of a couple of changes, though: the email addy they post is now defunct. Best email for me/us now is the one at the right in our sidebar. And I'm no longer Connecticut State Leader of Operation Outcry: Silent No More Awareness, though the two organizations still thrive, albeit separately again. They still do good work: the first one being more a legal/activism group, the second one being more focused on just helping women (and men) who regret their abortions--or involvement in one--feel not so alone. On that latter site you can read about Julie Holcomb, the woman who was forced by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith to have a saline abortion years ago.

If you'd like an "I REGRET MY ABORTION" sign of your own, you can contact or you could even email me, Annie, and I'll send you one.

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A Follow-Up Study on Mental Health of Women After Abortion vs. After Miscarriage

"The course of mental health after miscarriage and induced abortion: a longitudinal, five-year follow-up study", by Anne Nordal Broen, Torbjørn Moum, Anne Sejersted Bødtker and Øivind Ekeberg, published in BioMedCentral BMC Medicine, 2005, 3:18 doi:10.1186/1741-7015-3-18.

This is apparently a follow-up study to the one we posted on 9/17/14, by several of the same researchers.


Miscarriage and induced abortion are life events that can potentially cause mental distress. The objective of this study was to determine whether there are differences in the patterns of normalization of mental health scores after these two pregnancy termination events.

Methods: Forty women who experienced miscarriages and 80 women who underwent abortions at the main hospital of Buskerud County in Norway were interviewed. All subjects completed the following questionnaires 10 days (T1), six months (T2), two years (T3) and five years (T4) after the pregnancy termination: Impact of Event Scale (IES), Quality of Life, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and another addressing their feelings about the pregnancy termination. Differential changes in mean scores were determined by analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) and inter-group differences were assessed by ordinary least squares methods.

Results: Women who had experienced a miscarriage had more mental distress at 10 days and six months after the pregnancy termination than women who had undergone an abortion. However, women who had had a miscarriage exhibited significantly quicker improvement on IES scores for avoidance, grief, loss, guilt and anger throughout the observation period. Women who experienced induced abortion had significantly greater IES scores for avoidance and for the feelings of guilt, shame and relief than the miscarriage group at two and five years after the pregnancy termination (IES avoidance means: 3.2 vs 9.3 at T3, respectively, p < 0.001; 1.5 vs 8.3 at T4, respectively, p < 0.001). Compared with the general population, women who had undergone induced abortion had significantly higher Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) anxiety scores at all four interviews (p < 0.01 to p < 0.001), while women who had had a miscarriage had significantly higher anxiety scores only at T1 (p < 0.01).

Conclusion: The course of psychological responses to miscarriage and abortion differed during the five-year period after the event. Women who had undergone an abortion exhibited higher scores during the follow-up period for some outcomes. The difference in the courses of responses may partly result from the different characteristics of the two pregnancy termination events.

Background: ...A recent review of post-1990 research articles [13] concluded that anxiety symptoms are the most common adverse response, and that our understanding of abortion as a potential trauma has increased. Recent studies have explored the traumatic aspects of abortion. One study reported that 1% of participants suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) two years after the event [12], and another reported that 10% of women were traumatized (according to a high Impact of Events Scale [IES] score) six months after the induced abortion [14]. In a previous study [15] in which the subjects were the same as those evaluated in this study, we found that 18.1% of women were classed as "cases" (> 19 points on one or both of the IES subscales) two years after an induced abortion.

...Regarding the nature and direction of possible selection bias, a former study has shown that those who do not participate in studies such as this have more problems than those who do participate [38].

...Another limitation arises from the selection of the participants. As described in the Methods section, there was an overrepresentation of women who coped well with the termination among those who completed the study. This was particularly evident for women who had had an induced abortion. Therefore, the results at T2, T3 and T4 may have been biased towards overly favorable mental health outcomes.

...The elevated scores for guilt, shame and IES avoidance for women who had had an induced abortion may require more attention. Several recent studies have focused on the relationship between guilt, shame and PTSD [33-35]. One article states that "the affects of shame and guilt in particular can be very disabling, in so far as they ... affect the experience of the self and social behaviour, contribute to later psychopathology, effect help-seeking, and impede emotional processing of the event." [36]. In our previous article [15], we found that feelings of guilt and shame 10 days after a pregnancy termination predicted high IES avoidance scores two years later (a statistical interaction effect showed that this tendency was even more important for women who had had an induced abortion). It is possible that feelings of guilt and shame associated with the induced abortion contribute to a slower improvement in mental health.

(All those [##] footnotes in the above excerpts have links to the research cited, at that site. It's a long but mostly-easily understood article on the research. If you're a statistician, those parts will make more sense to you, but if you aren't, it won't detract from the readability of it.)

So the short of it is, no, you're not crazy to feel guilt, shame, or try to stuff down those feelings after an abortion, or to feel like you have PTSD. It happens to more of us than Planned Parenthood's own personal research arm, the Guttmacher Institute, wants any of us to believe. But we do know better.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

A 2012 Summary of Research Studies of "Traumatic Aftereffects of Abortion"

Another well-researched summary of research, done by Sarah Terzo at, who we posted about yesterday.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Update on The National Day Of Remembrance

Day of Remembrance Helps Post-Abortive Women Find Healing

Women who have had abortions were among the speakers at numerous services held nationwide. For some of these women, the National Day of Remembrance was the first time they had ever spoken publicly about their experiences.

At a memorial service held at St. Peter’s Church in Henderson, Nevada, a woman attending the service asked for the opportunity to speak, and she proceeded to give her personal testimony about an abortion she had in Spain 58 years ago and of the pain and sorrow she has carried with her all these years until just recently when she went on a retreat with the post-abortion ministry Rachel’s Vineyard.

On Saturday, September 13, thousands of pro-lifers gathered at 132 locations throughout the United States for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Among these sites were 41 graves where the remains of aborted children are buried.

Over 28,000 aborted babies have been given a proper burial at these sites, but they represent only a fraction of the more than 56 million children aborted since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decision.

Read the rest of the article, especially about the woman who learned of the event only two days before, and went, knowing she'd be the only one there, and it was pouring rain. And look at the photos. I went last year, but couldn't this year. It does help.

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"Suicide prevention tips from a survivor"

By Sarah Terzo, this article first appeared on Secular Pro-Life Perspectives, a wonderful blog we've just discovered. "Sarah is a pro-life atheist, a frequent contributor to Live Action News, a board member of the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians, and the force behind" [warning: that last website is very good too, but has some graphic descriptions and even some photograhs, that will be too tough for some to take depending on the degree of one's recovery process. We'll add it to the blogroll but not on this blog, over on the sister blog, AbortionPundit, as it has some good information from the side of abortion providers.

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Psychological Impact on Women of Miscarriage Versus Induced Abortion: A 2-Year Follow-up Study

Conclusion: The short-term emotional reactions to miscarriage appear to be larger and more powerful than those to induced abortion. In the long term, however, women who had induced abortion reported significantly more avoidance of thoughts and feelings related to the event than women who had a miscarriage.
From the published study, "Psychological Impact on Women of Miscarriage Versus Induced Abortion: A 2-Year Follow-up Study", Broen, Anne Nordal MD; Moum, Torbjörn PhD; Bödtker, Anne Sejersted MD; Ekeberg, Öivind MD, PhD., in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine: March/April 2004 - Volume 66 - Issue 2 - pp 265-271.

Objective: To compare the psychological trauma reactions of women who had either a miscarriage or an induced abortion, in the 2 years after the event. Further, to identify important predictors of Impact of Event Scale (IES) scores.

Method: A consecutive sample of women who experienced miscarriage (N = 40) or induced abortion (N = 80) were interviewed 3 times: 10 days (T1), 6 months (T2), and 2 years (T3) after the event.

Results: At T1, 47.5% of the women who had a miscarriage were cases (IES score 19 points on 1 or both of the IES subscales), compared with 30% for women who had an induced abortion (p = .60). The corresponding values at T3 were 2.6% and 18.1%, respectively (p = .019). At all measurement time points, the group who had induced abortion scored higher on IES avoidance. Women who had a miscarriage were more likely to experience feelings of loss and grief, whereas women who had induced abortion were more likely to experience feelings of relief, guilt, and shame. At T3, IES intrusion was predicted by feelings of loss and grief at T1, whereas avoidance at T3 was predicted by guilt and shame at T1.

Eighty women in the study had had induced abortions, and at the two-year afterward point, most just avoided feeling or thinking about their feelings, and this was predicted by more feelings of guilt and shame in the 10 days immediately following the abortions.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

83 posts away from 3,000 published posts. Egads.

Is that even a lot anymore? Facebook wasn't around when this blog started in 2003, or it was still only for college and highschoolers only, or something. I'm so ancient (or at least I feel that way sometimes)...and this blog will be 12 years old this coming February...

How many of our boyfriends threatened to leave if we didn't have our abortions? I'll never know if my old bf would have done that, I was too terrified he would, to wait to find out. I just almost didn't think twice and had the abortion. But I doubt he would've stayed if I'd said I wanted to keep the baby. I ended up later marrying him, having another baby, and he honestly couldn't be bothered even then with being much of a dad or a husband and I ended up getting divorced when our son was just 2. (sigh) But it all worked out for the best, two-decades-plus later. And I honestly wouldn't go back and change a thing now, because of the great son I have, now a grown man.

This gal's bf left her outright, but she had more sense and gumption than I certainly did.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Revisiting With An Old Friend I've Never Met, at "Post Abortion Journey, Walk With Me"

Go say hello, again perhaps, and visit with "infinite grace" on

She's been faithfully, eloquently, blogging still, all these years, even while I had to take a hiatus...check out her post about purifying her Facebook world, and heck, just read all her posts lately. It will be time well-spent... God love ya, honey. Thanks for keeping the torch lit so well, for so long. Prayers for your intentions, prayers for you...

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

"I need to vent and not feel alone."

From the website, a plea for help this past August, in which she writes, "I've fooled everyone around me into thinking i'm okay... when inside i'm dead." If you have kind, supportive words to offer her, feel free to visit there and help her feel not so alone.

If you're new to our blog here, maybe first check out our advice on compassionate commenting before going there and chiming in. Just a thought.

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