Seattle Post-Intelligencer (US), July 2, 2007
So, for those women who have had an abortion and might regret it, a Christian group has come up with a name for that regret: post-abortion syndrome.
Sounds like a real, medical problem, doesn't it? Kind of like "Intelligent Design" -- an essentially bogus term used to make people accept creationism as a viable scientific theory rather than what it really is (a really nice story, a myth).
In this respect, Project Rachel, the group slapping a made-up disease name onto people who have had abortions (something it disagrees with), is a wolf in sheep's clothing. What it's doing constitutes a disingenuous attempt by a religious group to influence the public's perception of abortion.
Religious groups, such as the Roman Catholic Church and Priests for Life, fund the program, for crying out loud -- how open-minded could it possibly be? The group refers to fetuses as "unborn babies" and refers to abortions as "taking the life of a child." So while the group catalogs all the things that a woman could experience after having an abortion (clearly, not all do), it doesn't get into the very real hell that unfolds when a woman who isn't ready and able to raise a child has one.
Certainly, some women regret having an abortion. And those who feel they require spiritual guidance ought to get it from anywhere they can, and for this purpose, Project Rachel could come in handy.
But regret is not a psychological disease, and saying that abortion leads to mental illness is just plain irresponsible.
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