Abortion, Motherhood, and Mental Health: Medicalizing by Ellie Lee

By Ellie Lee

Centering at the declare that abortion can lead to submit Abortion Syndrome, the writer examines the "medicalization" of the abortion challenge on each side of the Atlantic. Lee issues to contrasts in criminal and clinical dimensions of the abortion factor that make for a few very important changes, yet argues that during either the U.S. and Britain, the PAS declare in reality constitutes an instance of the boundaries to medicalization. She contends that exam of contests over PAS issues now not a lot 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 girls unwell.

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He called the service “bad news for women,” claiming that “Post abortion trauma is becoming a major women’s disease when they try to come to terms with the guilt, grief and anger at the loss of life” (Brown 1997:2). In the United States as well, antiabortion organizations claim that abortion is a health risk for women because it can lead to Postabortion Syndrome. Indeed, this claim against abortion has its origins in the American abortion debate. As Chapter 3 details, the term “Postabortion Syndrome” first emerged in the abortion debate in North America in the early 1980s.

However, opponents of abortion were outraged by the argument that it should be made as easy as possible for a woman to end a pregnancy. Jack Scarisbrick, Life’s chairman, drew attention to the idea that abortion makes women mentally ill. He called the service “bad news for women,” claiming that “Post abortion trauma is becoming a major women’s disease when they try to come to terms with the guilt, grief and anger at the loss of life” (Brown 1997:2). In the United States as well, antiabortion organizations claim that abortion is a health risk for women because it can lead to Postabortion Syndrome.

It is argued that, given this research gap in the case made by supporters of legal abortion, “pronouncements concerning the psychological safety of induced abortion are at this time premature at best, and at worst, misleading and harmful to women’s health” (Rue 1995:26). Other villains, according to PAS advocates, are those involved in the provision of abortion services. Doctors and abortion providers are often constructed as villains because, it is claimed, they pay little heed to the damaging consequences for women of the abortions they provide.

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