I previously posted a blog about a visit to the UK from Gianna Jessen, which can be found here. Today I want to explore something covered by another speaker that day, Dr Pravin Thevathasan.
I hope that nobody reading this will be unaware that 2014 marks 100 years since World War 1 (WW1), the 'Great War', the 'War to End all Wars'. Millions died, but also, without that conflict, most historians would argue that Hitler would never have found power, hence no holocaust or World War 2. A brief historical analysis of this can be found here.
Back to Pravin. He argued that what he called 'post abortion trauma' was in itself a form of PTSD. The symptoms definitely correlate. Many women (and men - prospective fathers) experience these same symptoms following abortion, or even years afterwards, often when they do take a pregnancy to term. This is a serious condition. PTSD ruins lives. It renders people unable to work, sometimes permanently. It leads to domestic violence and other forms of abuse. Shockingly, abortion providers are not required to offer counselling pre or post abortion. Imagine if you were admitted to hospital for any other type of abdominal surgery. You would be told of all the risks and possible outcomes. The procedure would be explained to you comprehensively. This is not the requirement for abortion.
PTSD is a lawyer's paradise. It’s estimated that the “Personal Injury” industry in the UK is worth £7 billion a year (about $11 billion US in September 2014). Do you think a court would award damages to someone following an abortion? Even a father? No.
Pravin gave us real food for thought. Abortion doesn't just damage the baby!