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New Study: Direct Link Between Abortion and Mental Health Problems

In Abortion, Religious Liberties on December 3, 2008 at 5:39 pm’s Steven Ertelt reports of a new study showing a direct link between abortion and mental health problems, refuting an APA study released in August.

The research team found induced abortions result in increased risks for a myriad of mental health problems ranging from anxiety to depression to substance abuse disorders.

The number of cases of mental health issues rose by as much as 17 percent in women having abortions compared to those who didn’t have one and the risks of each particular mental health problem rose as much as 145% for post-abortive women.

For 12 out of 15 of the mental health outcomes examined, a decision to have an abortion resulted in an elevated risk for women.

“Abortion was found to be related to an increased risk for a variety of mental health problems (panic attacks, panic disorder, agoraphobia, PTSD, bipolar disorder, major depression with and without hierarchy), and substance abuse disorders after statistical controls were instituted for a wide range of personal, situational, and demographic variables,” they wrote.

“Calculation of population attributable risks indicated that abortion was implicated in between 4.3% and 16.6% of the incidence of these disorders,” they concluded.

Dr. Priscilla Coleman, a professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University, led the research team that conducted the study.

The researchers found women who had abortions, compared with those who didn’t had a 120% risk for alcohol abuse, with or without dependence, a 145% increased risk of alcohol dependence, 79% increased risk of drug abuse with or without dependence and a 126% increase in the risk of drug dependence.

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Psalm 139:13-14
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
[14] I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.

Rick Warren Asks John McCain About Abortion

In 2008 Presidential Election, Abortion, John McCain, Politics on August 17, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Again, Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange Valley, California, asks John McCain about abortion. What do you think?

Rick Warren Asks Obama About Views on Abortion

In Abortion, Barack Obama, Politics, Rick Warren/PDL on August 17, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Rick Warren is the pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. Over the weekend, he interviewed Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee John McCain. In this clip, he asked Obama two questions. How do you think Obama did in addressing these questions? Was he clear and lucid? What are your thoughts on the matter?

(HT: Denny Burk)

The Crucial Issue for a Barack Obama Presidency? Partial-Birth Abortion!

In 2008 Presidential Election, Abortion, Barack Obama on May 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm

From Justin Taylor’s blog:

Every evangelical should watch the first 10 minutes or so of this speech by Barack Obama, delivered to Planned Parenthood in July 2007. It contains an impassioned defense of partial-birth abortion.

Note carefully:

“This is what is at stake in this election.”

“It is time to write a new chapter in American history.”

“I have worked on these issues for decades now.”

“This election is not just about playing defense, it’s about playing offense. It’s not just about defending what is, it’s about creating what might be in this country.”

“On this issue, I will not yield.”

Ron Paul Gives Christians Good Advice Concerning Laws on Abortion

In Abortion, Politics, Religious Liberties, Ron Paul on May 9, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Ron Paul has long been the object of much admiration and much scorn. Yet, I am one of the folks who support Dr. Paul due to his strict constitutionalist leanings and his Jeffersonian worldview of small government. I bought his most recent book, The Revolution: A Manifesto. It is the #1 book on and will be the #1 book on the New York Times Bestseller list that will come out on May 18.

In his Chapter Three dealing with “The Constitution,” he addresses a number of different areas. One of which is abortion. He is against abortion because he feels the Supreme Court overstepped its authority in Roe v. Wade in that horrendous decision in 1973. Instead, Congress should come along and strip the court of their power over this decision and bring this issue exclusively to the states.

But let us listen to what he says on p. 61:

Let us remember, though, that the law can do only so much. The law isn’t what allowed abortion; abortions were already being done in the 1960s against the law. The courts came along and conformed to the social and moral changes that were taking place in society. Law reflects the morality of the people. Ultimately, law or now law, it is going to be up to us as parents, as clergy, and as citizens — in the way we raise our children, how we interact and talk with our friends and neighbors, and the good example we give — to bring about changes to our culture toward greater respect for life.

We cannot trust in the government to fix everything — and some politicians run on just that platform. For us to fix the ills of our society, we must turn our people back to the Word of God. Only Christ can change and transform. Yes, we must still stand up and defend those who cannot defend themselves. Let’s just not rely on the government to do only what the Spirit of God can do (Ezekiel 36:25-26).