Sunday, December 20, 2009

Overcoming Post Abortion Syndrome

Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures women will face by the time their 25, but little reliable research has been done on the emotional effects abortion has on women.

Meet two women who have suffered from PAS (Post Abortion Syndrome), and learn how they overcame it.


Are You Being Told the Truth About Abortion?

Women have a right to the truth on abortion

Journal Sentinel Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Community Columnist
Kathy Banaszak
Posted: Dec. 17, 2009

If you want to know what really goes on behind the closed doors of Planned Parenthood, Google "Live Action" and click on the Planned Parenthood Appleton clinic. It's clear nothing has changed in the 35 years since I visited Planned Parenthood.

An unintended, undesired pregnancy clearly constitutes a significant life crisis for many women and demands responsible crisis counseling. Lila Rose, president of Live Action, confirmed that the young woman in the undercover video received no counseling except that of the nurse and abortionist.

The nurse was adamant that a fetus is not a baby "until birth," while the abortionist suggested it "may be seven or eight months." The nurse was equally strong in her assertion that a fetus has no heartbeat until 17 to 18 weeks. So much for medical accuracy and professional ethics. Equally stunning was the response by Planned Parenthood: "Our standard is to provide honest, medically accurate information, and that is what the physician in this case did." Really?

Embryologist Dr. Dianne Irving of the National Institutes of Health and professor of medical ethics at Georgetown University, and Dr. Ward Kischler, professor emeritus of cell biology and anatomy with a specialty in embryology at the University of Arizona, have publicly denounced the "absurd and scientifically erroneous" information by Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood might want to consult a standard embryology textbook. As to the heartbeat, they were off by a whopping 14 weeks. Irving and Kischler want to see Planned Parenthood held accountable for "inherently unethical behavior and destructive lies and procedures."

This episode appears to be standard operating procedure for calloused professionals who make a living off the plight of desperate women. It sadly coincides with the experience of post-abortive women in counseling who routinely report being strong-armed by clinic staff while receiving no "counseling" prior to undergoing what proved to be a life-altering experience.

Since abortion is Planned Parenthood's bread and butter, the last thing it wants women to see are in utero real-time ultrasound images of their developing unborn child. Abortion is definitely big business. In 2008, Planned Parenthood received $349.6 million in federal funding, reported revenues of $966.7 million and generated profits of $85 million. Not bad for a "nonprofit."

Former pro-choice advocate and NPR commentator Frederica Mathewes-Green listened to stories of real women about their abortions as part of the National Listening Project by the Common Ground Network for Choice and Life. She summed it up: "There is tremendous sadness and loneliness in the cry, 'a woman's right to choose.' No one wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg." The overwhelming majority of women (more than 80%) reported coercion as a primary reason for aborting, which is especially troubling since it poses even greater risk for post-abortion distress.

David Fergusson is a renowned psychological researcher and is politically pro-choice. He is also a strong critic of the APA Task Force on Abortion for its selective review of outdated literature and flawed conclusions characterizing abortion as a benign event with low risk of psychological harm.

Fergusson's landmark 2006 longitudinal study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines is the most comprehensive and rigorous to date. After controlling for pre-existing mental health issues, Fergusson found that compared to women who carried a pregnancy to term and those who had never been pregnant, young women who aborted were at greater risk for depression, anxiety, suicidal behaviors and substance abuse disorders.

At its core, "choice" is fundamentally about telling people the truth and allowing them to make a fully informed decision without duress. Planned Parenthood's blatant disregard for the truth and lack of professional ethics fly in the face of the intent of "Women's Right to Know" laws. When it comes to abortion, women deserve the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

In helping to expose Planned Parenthood's ugly underbelly, Live Action deserves a medal.

Kathy Banaszak of Waukesha is a professional counselor and volunteer mentor. E-mail

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Is it a Wonderful Life?

Last night I watched again the classic 1946 movie, "It's a Wonderful Life" starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.

It's the story of a man who becomes so frustrated with life that he seriously considers suicide, only to be rescuded by Clarence, his guardian angel, who shows him what life would have been like if he had not been born. In the end, he repents and comes to really appreciate life, his family and his friends more than ever.

But the part that hit me hard for the first time was thinking about all the babies that never got a chance to live because they were aborted.

What would their life have been like?

What about the baby I aborted?

This is so painful to think about.

Through my selfishness, I made the wrong choice and will always regret it. Thinking about all the people who never got the chance to live because they were killed in the womb brings me to tears.

Recently, I began to volunteer again with a local crisis pregnancy center and this is causing me to think about the past, so I need to come to terms with my actions. It is only by the grace of God and the forgiveness of sin through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that I find any hope or peace in all this. I find comfort in the Word of God.

In Matthew 11, Jesus says:
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

No matter what we have done, when we put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, it is a wonderful life!



About Me

My photo
Over the years my opinions have changed but this will never change: Jesus Christ, Lord, God and Savior, died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay for my sin.