By Ellie Lee

ISBN-10: 0202306801

ISBN-13: 9780202306803

ISBN-10: 0585489076

ISBN-13: 9780585489070

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 felony and scientific dimensions of the abortion factor that make for a few vital modifications, yet argues that during either the us and Britain, the PAS declare actually constitutes an instance of the boundaries to medicalization. She contends that exam of contests over PAS issues no longer a lot to demedicalization as to the development of its alternative—motherhood—as a mental ordeal. Centrally, Lee makes the case for seeking to the social dimensions of psychological illnesses to account for and comprehend debates approximately what makes girls unwell.

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The diagnostic criteria for PTSD were developed to account for the experiences of soldiers returning to the United States from the war in Vietnam. Rue explicitly compares the symptoms of PAS to those considered characteristic of Vietnam veterans diagnosed with PTSD. He has argued that “the symptoms are the same: flashbacks, denial, lost memory of the event, avoidance of the subject” (Rourke 1995:E-1). S. accounts that promote the need to consider abortion a cause of mental ill health (Reisser 1999).

Wade. However, “if it is found that abortion may actually be dangerous to health of women,” as the Institute believes it to be, “there is just cause for governments to regulate or prohibit abortion in order to protect their citizens” (1997). Similarly, Life presents legal abortion as a danger to women’s health: The Abortion Act was also a grievous setback for true feminism, because every time a pregnancy is deliberately destroyed a woman is abused. From our nationwide care service for women facing an unintended pregnancy or suffering from the effects of abortion, we know that the true human cost of twenty five years of abortionism has been thousands of women deeply wounded in mind and often in body, as well as nearly 4 million innocent human lives extinguished.

For such an individual, grief is ‘disenfranchised’” (1995:17). Rue draws directly upon the argument that women, in particular, are victims of socially unrecognized traumatic experiences. He refers frequently to the work of Judith Lewis Herman, whose views have been highly influential with regard to women’s experiences of rape and sexual violence. ” Rue claims that, when it comes to abortion, a woman’s experience is the same: “many women are traumatized not only by their abortion experiences but also by an unsympathetic society.

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