Irish Psychiatrists: Abortion Does Not Advance Mental Health, But Tarnishes It

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It is one miscarriage of publicized justice on Buzzfeed’s part to use a lacking study as a source of their claim, “most women who have had abortions thought it was the right thing to do;” particularly since the said study only spanned three years. However, to see the “Repeal the 8th” and “Together for Yes” campaigns in Ireland leading up to the May 25th referendum vote are truly heartbreaking.

If the 8th is repealed, not only will it take the lives of many innocent Irish babies, but the trauma the women could face afterward would be devastating. Since when do the countless studies detailing the ramifications to the minds of women from abortion fall into a mysterious sinkhole and rise again sporting a statement from the Irish government about abortion actually being “treatment” for mental health? Mind-boggling.

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment provided details initially published by the UK Department of Health showing 18,112 Irish women had traveled to the United Kingdom in order to obtain an abortion between 2012 and 2016. The barbarity of abortion is currently outlawed in the nation of Ireland. Suggesting the logistics of women having to move across nations to have their unborn child exterminated is inconvenient, the Oireachtas Committee called for a “Yes” vote on the 25th’s referendum decision so women are able to receive abortions safely and close by.

I find it all too typical that the basis of a large part of the abortion argument is convenience. They wish to get rid of what they deem inconvenient — traveling for an abortion — so women have free reign to get rid of who are considered inconvenient — unplanned babies.

Chair of Oireachtas, Senator Catherine Noone, commented on another supposed justification for her and her colleagues’ immoral mantra:

“I think at the end of the day we felt that this was a situation that we find it very difficult to stand over, where Irish women are taking abortion pills in the privacy of their own bedrooms, unsafe, unregulated by the general practitioners. “It’s something I think was very determining in us coming to our decision.”

Many abortion advocates use the excuse that abortion should be a private decision for a woman — yet Senator Noone is calling for a breach of that. It poses as fairly hypocritical to advocate for a cause on the foundation of privacy whilst criticizing the aspect of privacy abortions already have in Ireland. Apparently, Senator Noone lacks trust in the resolve of women taking pills on their own, just as her and the pro-abortion side lacks trust in the strength women have over their circumstances. Frighteningly, this distrust will subsequently result in a cop-out that murders children.

If the logical fallacies flamboyantly established by the Oireachtas Committee is not enough to dissolve one’s faith in the “Together for Yes” side, perhaps statistics on women’s mental health post-abortion will.

For those who latch onto the almost humorous cry that childbirth is more dangerous than abortion, a study conducted of 56,741 Medicaid patients in California showed post-abortive women were 160 percent more likely to end up hospitalized for psychiatric trauma than those who delivered their infants. This analysis spanned over a small window of 90 days; however, the remainder of the published piece presented over four more years of data where the “rates of psychiatric treatment remained significantly higher.”

Additionally, a study on post-abortive sleep disorder patterns saw a higher rate of sleep-related issues including loss of sleep and disturbances thereof in comparison to women who kept their children. Britain’s Royal College of Psychiatrists found in 2011 that women who received abortions were, in a confident and all-encompassing determination, 81 percent more likely to suffer from mental health dilemmas than women who had not.

Among these general increased rates of issues were:

  • A 34 percent larger presence of anxiety
  • A 37 percent larger presence of depression
  • A 110 percent larger presence of alcohol abuse
  • A 230 percent larger presence of recreational drug use
  • A 155 percent larger presence of suicidal tendencies

No individual truly has “privacy” if their own mind is relentlessly invaded.

26 Irish psychiatrists defended their characterization of the pro-abortion side of the referendum debate, pushing for their views on grounds of mental health concerns being “dishonest” by stating,

"To use ‘health’ as a justification for abortion, when the vast majority of abortions do not take place on any kind of health ground, inverts the true purpose of medicine and doctors who value their calling should have nothing to do with this.”

The United States could learn something from this philosophy, as the Hippocratic Oath doctors vow to adhere to is serially betrayed among abortion doctors. I would urge Ireland not to let their current representation of moral medicine be voted away by deceit based on an emotional testimony that lacks no foundation.

Continue to set an example for the world, I beg of you.


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Irish Psychiatrists: Abortion Does Not Advance Mental Health, But Tarnishes It
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