Juno – Let’s Discuss Abortion

What is Juno about?  It’s a 2007 American coming of age comedy-drama.  An independent film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody.  Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an unplanned pregnancy and the subsequent events that put pressures of adult life onto her.

It has received criticism and praise from members of both the pro-life and pro-choice communities regarding its treatment of abortion.

This particular post will be talking about this sad issue and reminding my readers that abortion is not a trouble-free choice! 

A 2007 global study reported that in 2003 there were an estimated 42 million induced abortions worldwide. Women who have abortions come from every race and nationality, from a variety of religious backgrounds, and from every level of income, education, and age between puberty and menopause.

If you had to make a choice about an unwanted pregnancy, what would you choose?

There are many reasons as to why women opt for abortion.  It could be financial problems, or an abusive relationship resulting into not wanting anything further to do with the partner.  The pregnancy at times may not fit into the plans of the woman or couple.  One reason could even be a pregnancy caused by sexual assault.

No matter the reason, usually deciding to terminate a pregnancy deliberately is not an easy one.  For most cases, it is an intensely painful decision.

But, is aborting a child the trouble-free answer?

Let us consider a few possible consequences.

A 2004 research study of 331 Russian and 217 American women who had an induced abortion revealed that about half of both groups felt bad after the abortion. Nearly 50 percent of the Russians and almost 80 percent of the Americans felt “guilt” over the procedure. More than 60 percent of the American women were ‘unable to forgive themselves.’

Since guilt is such a pervasive problem—even among those who do not consider themselves religious—why do so many young women still have abortions?

They often come under intense pressure to have an abortion, but, by whom?

  • Parents
  • a mate
  • or well-meaning friends may encourage abortion as a lesser of two evils.

As emotions are high, quickly made, badly informed decisions can be made.  Dr. Priscilla Coleman, an expert on the mental-health risks of abortion said, “after t©he stressfulness of the decision and the procedure have ended, women’s cognitive abilities return to normal, often ushering in feelings of pronounced guilt, sadness, and regret.”

Where does the regret come from? 

The regret often sprouts from the question: Did the abortion terminate a life that already existed?

A report by the South Dakota Task Force to Study Abortion concluded that many pregnant women considering an abortion “were misled into thinking that nothing but ‘tissue’ was being removed, and relate that they would not have had an abortion if they were told the truth.”

After an evaluation of the “stunning and heart-wrenching testimony” of 1,940 women who had abortions, the study concluded: “Many of these women are angered by grief at the loss of a child they were told never existed.” It also stated that “the psychological harm of knowing she killed her child is often devastating.”

But what is the truth? Does an abortion merely remove some tissue from a pregnant woman’s body? Is an unborn child actually a living person while in the womb?  These questions need serious consideration. 

A 2006 study reviewed the life history of scores of women who became pregnant as teenagers. Half of them gave birth, and the other half had abortions. The study concluded that “childbirth was associated with a lower likelihood of receiving psychological counseling services, less frequent sleep problems, and a lower probability of smoking marijuana when compared to abortion.”—Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Another report provided “the results of the four largest record based studies in the world.” What did these studies reveal? “Women with a known history of abortion experience higher rates of mental health problems of various forms when compared to women without a known abortion history.”—Report of the South Dakota Task Force to Study Abortion—2005.

You may know someone who is considering aborting a pregnancy right now.  Share this blog post.

(much of the research conducted for this article was taken from the world’s second most read magazine AWAKE! which dealt with the subject of abortion)

 

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