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By Ellie Lee

Centering at the declare that abortion may end up in submit Abortion Syndrome, the writer examines the "medicalization" of the abortion challenge on either side of the Atlantic. Lee issues to contrasts in criminal and scientific dimensions of the abortion factor that make for a few vital alterations, yet argues that during either the us and Britain, the PAS declare in truth constitutes an instance of the bounds to medicalization. She contends that exam of contests over PAS issues no longer lots to demedicalization as to the development of its alternative—motherhood—as a mental ordeal. Centrally, Lee makes the case for trying to the social dimensions of psychological illnesses to account for and comprehend debates approximately what makes ladies in poor health.

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These feelings are all symptoms of what is known as POST-ABORTION TRAUMA. A lot of women suffer from it. Care for Life, a project initiated in Britain by Christian Action Research and Education (CARE) (an organization that was named the Festival of Light until 1983), organizes the CARE Centres Network in Britain. This network offers counseling to women who are considering, or who have had, an abortion and claims that abortion can cause health problems. ). Difficulties that women experience as part of such mental health problems, CARE alleges, are tensions in relationships, bad dreams and nightmares, flashbacks, loss of self-esteem, and a preoccupation with babies.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), Britain’s largest specialist abortion provider, argued that more use should be made in Britain of the “abortion pill” (RU 486). This approach, claimed BPAS spokesperson Ann Furedi, would better meet women’s needs: “Women want abortions that are convenient to slot into their lives. ” “What women want is the chance to calm down. They need to have more space. We want the abortion industry to wither away because that is what is best for women” (BBC News Online 2001).

Feminists for Life was established in 1973 to draw attention to the contradiction that it alleges exists between women’s interests and the legalization of abortion, and this group has incorporated into its arguments the claim that abortion brings with it significant emotional risks for women. S. S. Department of Health and Human Services should conduct a “comprehensive study” of the emotional effects of abortion, to make clear the significant risk abortion poses for women’s mental health (Ciampa 2001:12).

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