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New Study Reveals Potential Harmful Effects of Drug-Induced Abortion
FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY NEWS ^ | June 14, 2019 | staff

Posted on 08/02/2019 2:34:46 PM PDT by Morgana

STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—After more than three years of research, a team of behavioral neuroscientists at Franciscan University of Steubenville has released the findings of a study that suggests what many in the pro-life movement have suspected for years: There are significant negative biological and behavioral consequences caused by abortion.

The study, “Biological, Behavioral, and Physiological Consequences of Drug-Induced Pregnancy Termination at First-Trimester Human Equivalent in an Animal Model,” examined the effect of the commonly used pregnancy termination-inducing drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, in rats in a controlled environment. Published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, the study found significant and adverse behavioral changes in the pregnant rats given the abortion-inducing drugs compared to the rats who did not receive the drugs or rats that received the drugs, but were not pregnant.

Among the biological, physiological, and behavioral changes exhibited by the rats in the abortion group were a loss of appetite, decreased exploratory movement, decreased self-care, and changes in vaginal impedance—a factor that appears to relate to fecundity, or the ability to reproduce—that were not present in the pregnant rats that carried their pregnancy to term. The findings suggest behaviors consistent with a wealth of scientific literature documenting the effects of moderate to severe stress on animal models, which scientists have long used due to the similarities in brain mechanisms between rats and humans.

“This is breaking new ground,” says Dr. Stephen Sammut, the professor of psychology at Franciscan University who led the research. “In the animal model, we observed depression-like behaviors, and we saw anxiety-like behaviors. The biochemistry indicated potentially long-term effects.”

According to Sammut, who is also conducting an extended research project assessing the potential viability of ectopic pregnancy transfers, the findings suggest that social pressure or stigmas—long suggested as cause of depression and anxiety in women who have had abortions—do not adequately explain the potential adverse effects caused by abortion-inducing drugs.

“There is something more than social pressure on a person who feels depressed after an abortion,” Sammut said. “There are potential physiological consequences that have not been investigated.”

The potential for abortion-related consequences on mental health has been the source of considerable debate in the scientific literature for the past 20 years, with little clear resolution. Experts say the lack of consensus, however, may be tied to institutional bias against studies that might implicate the abortion industry—a charge that is especially frightening given that the abortion-inducing drugs have not been subjected to the same rigorous scientific inquiry applied by Sammut and his team.

“Medical abortion researchers focused on how fast the drug could kill the baby and how much effort it would take on the part of the abortionists to handle complications,” said Donna Harrison, executive director of the American Association of Pro-life OB-GYNs. “This study (the first not performed by the abortion industry) raises serious concerns about mental health effects of drug-induced abortions and the differences between spontaneous and induced abortion. Such studies should have been performed long before drug-induced abortion was allowed on the market.”

Now that Sammut and his team have established a correlation between pregnant rats given abortion-inducing drugs and depression and anxiety-like behaviors, they hope to more closely examine the potential underlying mechanisms in the brains of the rats. Additionally, Sammut hopes to investigate, in detail, the potential for reversing the effects of the abortion-inducing drugs, guided by the same rigor, objectivity, and the pursuit of truth that have characterized his research at Franciscan University.

“If you have a desire to seek the truth through science, science will show you the truth,” Sammut says. “What Franciscan University has enabled is the capacity for this research to take place.”

For more information about the research that Dr. Sammut is conducting at Franciscan University, and to read his publications, visit his faculty page.

TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: abortion; abortionpill; pessary; postabortion; prolife

1 posted on 08/02/2019 2:34:46 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

There are significant negative biological and behavioral consequences caused by abortion.

Really? You mean murdering your own baby could affect somebody?

2 posted on 08/02/2019 2:56:23 PM PDT by Pravious
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To: Morgana

These drugs cause some pretty severe disruption to the body’s chemistry, which is suggestive of a physical effect on the mother’s mood, especially when combined with the effects of pregnancy hormones which they disrupt.

I wonder if these researchers have plans to study the psychological effects of using surgical means to destroy the unborn pups. That would answer questions this study left open.

Abortion is such an unnatural act, it would not be surprising for a study to find that it has all kinds of deleterious effects on psychology. Of course, the highly profitable abortion industry has little interest in such studies. And when evidence of psychological harm from abortion is presented, abortion apologists always claim that the abortion client was already drug addicted, depressed, etc., and that’s why she got pregnant in the first place.

3 posted on 08/02/2019 3:03:50 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into:
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To: exDemMom; Morgana
These are excellent points, exDemMom.

I suspect that researchers have long harbored the mistaken assumption that women are just like men, except that they have these toggle features like fertility that can be turned on or off. As the above article revealed, the kind of research which could detect pervasive effects on the brain arising from disruptions to fertility/fecundity, weren't even considered when these drugs were being developed.

Isn't it truly outrageous that these endocrine-disruptors are being marketed to millions and millions of women without the "gyno-industrial complex" having done the most basic kind of animal trials to test for symptoms associated with depression and anxiety? And other effects as well?

An anti-fertility bias is always an anti-woman bias. There's no way to get around it. Much of the so-called "culture" wants us to be sterile as a sexbot, or boys with tits: but we're not.

4 posted on 08/02/2019 3:22:41 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (The womanophobia of it all.)
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To: Morgana

So, anti-natural interventions may have negative affects. Who would have thought?

5 posted on 08/02/2019 3:41:36 PM PDT by YogicCowboy ("I am not entirely on anyone's side, because no one is entirely on mine." - J. R. R. Tolkien)
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To: Morgana

Please folks, get a copy of UNPLANNED! it!

6 posted on 08/02/2019 4:15:07 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Morgana

I’m convinced that abortion and miscarriages lead to breast cancer and that it is due to the extreme hormonal shifts that take place resulting in the breasts swing from prep mode to inactive mode.

I know that every time a study comes out even hinting at such it gets buried.

7 posted on 08/02/2019 6:21:40 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary that good men do nothing)
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