Dr. Frank Joseph's Pro-Life Prescriptions LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL column for October 11, 2000
Open Letter to all Mothers-to-be who are contemplating an abortion
Dr. Frank Joseph
Doesn't the sound of the name "Mother" sound sweet? Think of the blessings, joys, sorrows and experiences of life you can look forward to, the first gurgle, the first... What, you don't want that God-given bundle of joy?
You say you're not ready for that responsibility yet? You say "it's easier to get an abortion early" rather than carrying your baby to full term? You say this way you can get on with your life? That doesn't sound like a mother's heart. Sounds selfish to me. Most mothers I know would kill for their baby, not kill their baby! Do you
realize what you're doing? I thought so. Let me expose the lies and see if you still feel the same way.
Planned Parenthood and all the other killers of unborn babies tell
women that abortions are safer than childbirth. This is far from the
truth. The consequences of killing oneís baby are staggering.
There are many aspects to consider.
- Aspect No. 1 Abortions increase the risk of breast cancer
It was known before 1974 that a full-term pregnancy at a young age
substantially protects against breast cancer. The longer the time to
her first term delivery, the greater the risk.
According to Harvard researchers, each one year delay increases
relative breast cancer risk by 3.5 per cent. The following table shows
the increase in BC risk vs. number of years of delay in a first full-term
Number of years delay in term birth - 1 3 5 10 15 20
% increase in relative BC risk---------- 3.5 10.8 19.0 41.2 68.0 99.2
Sounds pretty complicated doesn't it. Let me put it more in lay terms.
When a first time pregnant teenager has an induced abortion, does
she know for sure when she'll have her first term birth? No, and
neither does the abortionist. Her first term birth could be one year
away, or ten, fifteen, or twenty years away. If the induced abortion
procedure has the side-effect of sterilization, she'll enter a high
breast cancer risk group -- childless women.
Thus, abortionists MUST warn women about TOTAL breast cancer
risk including the delayed first birth risk -- but they DON'T,
There are TWO independent 'ABC' (Abortion-Breast-Cancer) risks.
13 of 14 studies in the United States and 27 of 33 worldwide showed
an increase risk for breast cancer in women who have had an induced
Abortion - Breast Cancer Link
- 1 - Delayed first full term birth, which was just discussed.
- 2 - Interrupted pregnancy, other than the first.
The induced abortion is 280 times more deadly than childbirth for
women who have a first pregnancy induced abortion.
For women who carry the first pregnancy to term but subsequently
have an induced abortion, the induced abortion is 180 times more
deadly than childbirth. Does that sound like fun? No, I didn't think you'd say that.
Yes, you're right, they didn't tell you. That's the way they operate.
So when young girls have an abortion, they are NOT making their
lives easier. The problems are just beginning.
However, since a term birth actually saves the lives of pregnant
women (on a NET basis), clearly, elective induced abortion is
incalculably more dangerous than a term pregnancy.
- Aspect No. 2 Drug and Alcohol abuse
A study reported in the March issue of the prestigious American
Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse found that women with even
one abortion were five times more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol.
The study was authored by David C. Reardon, Ph.D., director of the
Elliot Institute, and Dr. Philip Ney, a B.C. psychiatrist and post-
abortion counseling specialist. According to them, this is the 16th
study connecting abortion to drug or alcohol abuse.
Researchers from the statistical analysis unit of Finland's National
Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health, found
that compared to women who carried to term, women who aborted
in the year prior to their deaths were 60 percent more likely to die
of natural causes, seven times more likely to die of suicide, four
times more likely to die of injuries related to accidents, and 14 times
more likely to die from homicide. "Even though this important study
was published in the top Scandinavian obstetrics journal, it has been
completely ignored by the American press," Reardon said.
"Even worse, abortion counselors continue to lie to American women.
They are telling women that abortion is safer than childbirth, when
this and other irrefutable studies prove exactly the opposite.
The entire body of medical literature clearly shows that abortion
contributes to a decline in women's physical and mental health.
Women aren't hearing this. Nor are they being told that giving
birth actually contributes to women's overall health, not only in
comparison to those who abort but also in comparison to women
who have not been pregnant."
Reardon believes that abortion providers are collaborating with
population control zealots to conceal the risks of abortion in order
to advance their own financial and social engineering agendas.
"If they were really pro-choice, they would want women to know
about abortion's true risks," he said. "Instead, they are offering
women a bundle of half-truths and complete fabrications."
- Aspect No. 3 Premature Babies on subsequent pregnancies
A major complication of abortions are subsequent premature deliveries.
This is a VERY serious matter and is increasing as the years roll by,
because of legalized abortions on demand.
Not only are most abortions not medically necessary, evidence grows
that they are medically destructive to the mother and to subsequent
children. For instance, abortion is almost certainly adding to the
growing number of premature babies born each year in hospitals.
Most are low birth weight--under five pounds five ounces--and at
greater risk for birth defects, visual and hearing impairments, delayed
speech, and subject to many other illnesses and therefore, a higher
In December 1999 the very respected medical publication Obstetrics and
Gynecology reported the results of a very large study of over 61,000
Danish women. The conclusion follows:
1.- Women with a previous induced abortion have a doubled risk of
a very preterm birth (gestation under 34 weeks)
- 2.- Women with two (2) previous 'evacuation' abortions have over a
1100% increased risk of a preterm birth (compared to women with no
previous induced abortions). (Obstetrics and Gynecology, Zhou W et
Dr. Barbara Luke, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology
at the University of Michigan and author of nine books, including,
ďEvery Pregnant Woman's Guide to Preventing Premature Birth,Ē
says "Abortion means you're artificially opening the cervix, and
anytime you do that women can have risks later on."
One need not be a physician to come to the same conclusion as
Dr. Luke. It is just plain common sense. Anytime a part of the
body is seriously traumatized, it will NOT function in a normal manner.
In abortions, not only is the cervix traumatized severely, but so is
the lining of the uterus -- many have been punctured, resulting in
death. Is it any wonder that it is much harder for a woman to maintain
a pregnancy, let alone, hold it for 40 weeks.
- Aspect No. 4 Physical Complications of Abortions
Iíll just mention the most serious of these -- hemorrhage, infection,
ruptured uterus, subsequent ectopic pregnancies and sterility.
There are more deaths, yearly, from abortions after Roe Vs Wade
than before. Remember the battlecry of the pro-aborts -- make
abortions legal so women wonít die from a back alley coat hanger
job. More details in article: The Killing Of Unborn
- Aspect No. 5 Emotional and Mental Problems
Problems other than the increase use of alcohol and drugs, include
promiscuity, depression, flashbacks, concentration problems, and
dramatic personality changes.
90% of women having abortions suffer damage to their self-esteem.
Recent studies show that approximately 20% of women having
abortions will suffer full-blown, clinically diagnosable, post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD), and over 50% will have some PTSD symptoms.
Aspect No. 6 Car Accidents
What is the number one killer of young people, ages 15-24? 'Car
Crashes', which should surprise no one. Are pregnant women
much less likely to die in car crashes than non-pregnant women?
Yes, over 80% less likely. The well regarded medical publication,
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, published a study covering
five years in the United States, when about 16,200,000 births occurred.
A surprisingly very low 41 pregnant women died in car accidents.
Thus, there was less than one death per 100,000 pregnant women
per year. This implies that pregnant women are extremely cautious.
The odds of a non-pregnant female dying in a car crash are 14.45 per
100,000 per year.
How many young (age 15- 24) pregnant women are saved from 'car
crash deaths' via being pregnant? 13.77/100,000 per year.
In spite of all of the above, the website of Planned Parenthood, the
largest abortion provider in the world, continues to declare: "Today
abortion is about twice as safe as having your tonsils out and is
safer than childbirth." Have they NO shame? You can begin now to see the lies
you've been fed.
Itís amazing that in a country, where lawsuits are brought at the drop
of a hat, how in the world, has Planned Parenthood and other
abortion clinics managed to keep its head above water. This is one
for the ages. Or, is satan working overtime to make sure that Godís
most precious creations are destroyed?
The Biblical passage comes to mind, ďMan reaps what he sows."
I hope I've given you something to think about. And to all other
women who are thinking about having their child killed -- you
will NOT be making your life easier. In the course of your lifetime,
you WILL be the loser and your post abortion children, if you didnít
become sterile from the abortion, may be handicapped, (provided
they have escaped death), due to your self indulgence. There will
be no winners, when a life is expunged from the face of the
earth -- only losers.
And that's just the physical side of it. Think about the mental part of it,
forever regretting your actions in youth, your selfish decision. You will
forever rue the day you said yes to killing your child. Many who have had
abortions are mental cases today because of the overwhelming guilt they
live with and they don't know how to cope.
And then there's the spiritual side. How can you reconcile yourself with
God if you have deliberately decided to play god yourself and end a life?
Have you no shame? Allow me to, in a fatherly way, admonish you to
think of others, not yourself, think of Christ's words, "Allow the little ones
to come unto Me." How can they when you're helping prevent that by
willfully murdering your own flesh and blood. Yes, your own flesh and blood.
Try that on for size. It doesn't sound very good does it. In fact, quite barbaric;
especially after all the mollifying and sugar-coating Planned Parenthood and
Hollywood have fed you about "your choice." Well, they're right in one way.
It is your choice. God has given you a free will. But after reading this and
praying with a mother's heart, I would hope and pray you'll choose to keep
your baby, choose life! God bless and keep you and your baby
safe and sound!