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  • By Greg Daniels
    Jul 25, 2013
    Watkins's metaphysical view is supposed to create a foundation to build an argument. However, the view is so poorly elaborated and defended that it does absolutely nothing to ward off criticism In fact, while I used the term "argue," it would be more accurate to say Watkins "states" that abortions render physical and psychological damage. He makes unfounded claims that a majority of the 29 percent of pregnant American women who choose to terminate their pregnancies suffer severe and long-lasting emotional trauma as a result. He calls this nonexistent phenomenon "post-abortion trauma" or "post-abortion syndrome," despite the fact that neither the American Psychological Association nor the American Psychiatric Association (APA) recognizes the existence of these phenomena. The truth is most studies in the last 25 years have found abortion to be a relatively benign procedure in terms of emotional effect — except when pre-abortion emotional problems... More > exist or when a wanted pregnancy is terminated, such as after diagnostic genetic testing. Only a small number of studies, based primarily on anecdotal evidence, claim to document the incidence of “post-abortion syndrome” (PAS). Symptoms of this supposed condition include feelings of grief, depression, anger, guilt, and discomfort with small children and pregnant women. Alleged behavioral manifestations include frequent crying, flashbacks, sexual inhibition, and alcohol abuse. Although only a small minority of women report these severe negative emotional effects post-abortion, Watkins still argues the idea that abortion has severe negative effects. However a panel of experts assembled by the American Psychological Association concluded unanimously that legal abortion "does not create psychological hazards for most women undergoing the procedure." The panel noted that, since approximately 21 percent of all U.S. women have had an abortion, if severe emotional reactions were common there would be an epidemic of women seeking psychological treatment. There is no evidence of such an epidemic. So this book is the exact same arguments that anti-abortion groups have invented to further their cause for years. Sorry to say, no new revelations here.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781304204479
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Jesse Watkins
Published
July 8, 2013
Language
English
Pages
64
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.22 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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