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From the Leader in Post-Abortion Research
Vol. 10, No. 4 -- Sept. 22, 2011


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Abortion and Mental Health Problems

Does the Research Support A Link?



Here is a good article from on the abortion/mental health link, discussing the findings from the recent meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Psychiatry compared to other, well-publicized studies in which the authors reported no link between abortion and mental health problems:


Does induced abortion increase a woman's risk of mental health problems? The question has been asked continually over the past several decades with dozens of studies indicating a positive correlation, but a few well-publicized studies are arriving at the opposite conclusion.


An example of the latter is a widely quoted report in 2008 by the American Psychological Association Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion. The report confidently concludes that there is "no evidence sufficient to support the claim" of a positive link between a woman's abortion and increased mental distress. Abortion advocacy groups eagerly jumped on the report to announce that abortion posed no threat at all to a woman's mental health.


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Secret Births

Teens Hiding Pregnancy
David C. Reardon


Stephanie Clark was only looking for a pair of her daughter’s pants when she opened the closet door. Imagine her surprise at finding a tiny newborn baby nestled in a blanket. “I screamed in surprise,” she later told reporters. “I called 911. They said, ‘Whose baby is it?’ I said, ‘I have no idea.’”


It turned out that the baby was her grandson, Navorn. Her 17-year-old daughter Shanta had concealed her pregnancy and secretly given birth to her baby boy in her home on Sept. 21, 1997. She had hidden the baby in her bedroom closet whenever she left for school. It was 17 days after the birth before the startled grandmother first met her grandson.


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Entering Canaan Men's Day of Healing in New York City


The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and Lumina/Hope & Healing After Abortion are sponsoring an Entering Canaan Men's Day of Prayer and Healing on Oct. 8, 2011 in the Bronx. This retreat addresses issues unique to men who have been impacted by abortion. To learn more (including information on housing), contact Lumina at 1-877-586-4621 or



Healing Vision International Conference on Abortion's Aftereffects


Healing Vision is an international conference that brings together experts from diverse fields to share information on the aftermath of abortion as it impacts women, men and others and to explore questions of healing. It is an opportunity to network with many people working in research and care and to discover new resources. The conference brings together those from clinical and pastoral settings in an ecumenical setting. The conference is open to everyone.


The conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West in Milwaukee, WI. The conference begins the morning of Wednesday, October 26 and concludes at noon on Saturday, October 29, 2011. Register by Oct. 1 to take advantage of lower registration fees. Learn more at



Abortion Recovery Retreat to be Held in Ohio


Ohio Office of Concepts of Truth, Inc will be having an abortion recovery weekend retreat for women October 28-30 in Saint Marys, Ohio. We will be doing Concepts of Recovery: The Journey. Come join us in a confidential, peaceful setting and begin your personal journey of healing. Contact Sherry at for more information. Find peace for your mind and healing for your spirit!




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