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Leaders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the nation's largest network of individuals harmed by abortion, say a new study linking post-traumatic stress disorder with abortion only reinforces what its members have been saying for years.


"It's always good when a peer reviewed psychiatric study validates what you already know in your heart to be true," said Georgette Forney, co-founder of the SNMAC. "It's really only common sense, though, that a mother who undergoes the trauma of losing her child, whether voluntarily or under coercion from a boyfriend or parent, would suffer consequences from that trauma."


The study, published in the journal BMC Psychiatry, evaluated women one month and then three months after their abortions. It found that 20 percent experienced post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms after one month; 61 percent did after three months.


"This is more evidence that abortion hurts women," added Janet Morana, another co-founder of SNMAC. "The cause and effect link between abortion and mental health problems is obvious, painfully obvious. It's far beyond time for the abortion industry to stop disrespecting women and tell them the truth about what abortion will do to them."


Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 2,326 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 200 gatherings in 44 states and six countries where more than 15,000 spectators have heard the truth about abortion's negative aftereffects. More than 4,100 people are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign's goals.


Contact: Janet Morana, Georgette Forney

Source: Silent No More

The IFRL is the largest grassroots pro-life organization in Illinois. A non-profit organization, that serves as the state coordinating body for local pro-life chapters representing thousands of Illinois citizens working to restore respect for all human life in our society. The IFRL is composed of people of different political persuasions, various faiths and diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds. Since 1973 the Illinois Federation for Right to Life has been working to end abortion and restore legal protection to those members of the human family who are threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. Diverse though we are, we hold one common belief - that every human being has an inalienable right to life that is precious and must be protected. IFRL is dedicated to restoring the right to life to the unborn, and protection for the disabled and the elderly.   Click here to learn more about the IFRL.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Study Confirms the 'Obvious Link' Between Abortion and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Say 'Silent No More' Women