Unveiling the Mental Health Implications of Abortion

In the midst of the ongoing abortion debate, the Australian Christians political party, under the leadership of WA State Director Maryka Groenewald, is sounding the alarm on the potential mental health repercussions for women who undergo abortion.

The Coalition for the Defence of Human Life (CDHL) has consistently expressed its concerns, emphasising the need to consider the holistic well-being of women.

The Abortion Debate: A Closer Look

The topic of abortion has always been a contentious one, with strong opinions on both sides.

However, amidst the noise, the actual health outcomes for women post-abortion often get overshadowed.

Maryka Groenewald, a prominent figure in the Australian Christians political party and the principal petitioner for the Abortion Reforms parliamentary e-petition, sheds light on this overlooked aspect.

Maryka Groenewald - State Director Australian Christians

She states, “When we delve deep into the risk-benefit analysis, it becomes evident that abortion is associated with some deeply concerning mental health outcomes for women.”

The Numbers Speak:

A comprehensive 2018 macro-analysis, which took into account the experiences of over 800,000 women across 22 diverse studies, revealed some startling figures.

Women who had undergone an abortion faced an 81% increased risk of grappling with mental health issues.

What’s even more alarming is that nearly 10% of these mental health challenges were directly attributable to the abortion.

The New Zealand Perspective

A separate study from New Zealand in 2013 further corroborated these findings.

Contrary to the belief held by some that abortion might have therapeutic effects, especially in cases of unwanted or unintended pregnancies, the study found no such evidence.

Instead, it highlighted an association between abortion and a spike in risks of anxiety, alcohol misuse, illicit drug use, and even suicidal behaviour.

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Darryl Budge Weighs In

CDHL President Darryl Budge, who also holds the position of WA State Director of FamilyVoice Australia, offered his perspective on the findings. “Abortion, while often presented as a solution, may not be the best answer for unwanted pregnancies,” he opined.

Drawing from his personal experience as a father, he passionately advocates for providing compassionate holistic care and practical support to parents-to-be, emphasising the value of life and the importance of informed choices.

Key Takeaways:

Mental Health Implications: Abortion has been linked to a significant increase in mental health issues among women.

Lack of Therapeutic Effects: Contrary to some beliefs, abortion does not offer therapeutic benefits in reducing mental health risks.

Holistic Care: There’s a growing call for a more compassionate, holistic approach to support parents facing unwanted pregnancies.

About the Spokespersons:

  • Maryka Groenewald is not just a voice in the political arena but also a beacon for women’s health rights. As the WA State Director of the Australian Christians political party, she’s at the forefront of the abortion debate, ensuring that women’s well-being is prioritised.

  • Darryl Budge wears multiple hats – as the WA State Director of FamilyVoice Australia and the President of the Coalition for the Defence of Human Life. His organization stands firm in its mission to defend human life from its inception to its natural conclusion.

Contact Information:

  • Maryka Groenewald, CDHL Rally For Life Co-Chair
  • Darryl Budge, CDHL President and CDHL Rally for Life Co-Chair
  • Email: admin@cdhl.org.au

For a deeper dive into the original findings and more comprehensive details, please refer to the original release here.

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