There are no known psychiatric diseases which can be cured by abortion. In addition there are none which can be predictably improved by abortion … [Instead], it may leave unresolved conflicts coupled with guilt and added depression which may be more harmful than the continuation of the pregnancy. Furthermore, there is good evidence to suggest that serious mental disorders arise following abortions more often in women with real psychiatric problems. Paradoxically, the very women for whom legal abortion may seem most justifiable are also the ones for whom the risk is highest for post-abortion psychic insufficiency … When abortion is substituted for adequate psychiatric care – and there is ample evidence to suggest that this is already happening – then there is a distinct danger of minimizing established psychotherapeutic principles. Unfortunately, it is the distressed woman who ultimately faces the dulling impact of this minimalization. She is the one who cries for help and she is also the one who is turned away.

Dr. Fred E. Mecklenburg, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota Medical School and member of the American Association of Planned Parenthood Physicians, “The indications for Induced Abortion,” Abortion and Social Justice, Thomas W. Hilgers and Dennis J. Horan, eds. (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1972), p.40 (via gothicchristian)

This is so important!!!

(via never-forsaken)

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