Maternalfetal Conflicts

Another reason for wanting an abortion is when there are maternal-fetal conflicts, usually because of medical complications (Cherry, 1999). In these cases, various types of technology may be used to discover that the fetus is not developing normally or perhaps that its development threatens the health and life of the mother. The conflict arises when the pregnant woman refuses medical care for the fetus because it compromises her own health. For example, if a fetus is found to have spina bifida,...

Crisis Pregnancy Centers

We first introduced the concept of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) earlier when detailing the federal funding of these mostly faith-based groups that mislead women with erroneous advertisements and information designed to stop a woman from choosing to have an abortion. The mission of CPCs, first established in 1967 in Hawaii after the state legislature successfully repealed its laws criminalizing abortion, are to keep women from having abortions. Robert Pearson, the man who initiated these...

Targeted Regulation Of Abortion Providers Trap

Another group of legislative attempts to prevent women from choosing to terminate a pregnancy include what are called the TRAP laws, which attempt to regulate the medical practices of doctors who provide abortions by imposing burdensome requirements that are different and more stringent than regulations applied to comparable medical practices. These excessive and unnecessary government regulations ultimately harm women's health and inhibit their reproductive choices (Center for Reproductive...

References

Abortion and breast cancer. (2003, January 6). New York Times, p. A20. American Civil Liberties Union. (2006). Timeline of important reproductive freedom cases decided by the Supreme Court. Retrieved January 2, 2007, from http www.aclu. org reproductiverights index.html American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2004, June 2). Statement on Federal Court Partial-Birth Act decision by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. News release. Retrieved January 19, 2007,...

Achieving Emotional Stability

Exploring the woman's feelings is a critical part of treatment. It is important not to assume that these feelings are only related to the abortion. Allow the woman to express the emotions she is currently feeling, which may include allowing the woman to cry or grieve if she needs to. While exploring the woman's feelings, the therapist should also help the woman experience her positive feelings. These might be positive feelings regarding her abortion decision or other sources of positive...

Women With Anxiety Disorders

Using data from the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), Cougle et al. (2005) examined survey records of women for risk of generalized anxiety to see if having an abortion or giving birth to a child during their first pregnancies made any difference to their mental states. Approximately two-thirds of them (N 1,813) carried their first pregnancies to term while approximately one-third (N 1,033) had an abortion. They excluded both women who reported a period of anxiety prior to their...