Review of Research on Induced Abortion as Treatment

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Science


Philip G. Ney MD                                                             Pioneer Pub.



They are called therapeutic abortions but where is the evidence these abortions are effective treatment for any recognized disease?

The 1967 Abortion Act of England states abortions are allowed if they would prevent a seriously harmful physical or mental disorder. So where is the evidence that abortions are effective in preventing harm?

Freely available abortions were touted as necessary to prevent women having unwanted children who were assumed to be frequently abuse or neglected. Did induced abortions by the thousands, reduce the incidence of child mistreatment?

Many proponents of easily available abortions vigorously argued that abortions were necessary to free a woman from child induced drudgery and make her pursuit of a happy life attainable. Where is the evidence that woman are presently more fulfilled and content?

To attempt an answer to these questions, we need to start with some basic assumptions about the practice of medicine

A  The practice of induced abortion (IA) is medical because it is:

  1. performed by medical personal
  2. one in medically licensed facilities
  3. paid for by taxes and insurance medical funds.
  4. termed “therapeutic”

B        Therefore, induced abortion must be:

regulated like every other medical procedure including:

1. appropriately trained staff, aseptic conditions, informed consent

2. performed only in agreement with evidence based medicine

3.regulated by the government and medical licensing bodies

C        The practice of evidence based medicine insists that: 

  1. There is a proper indication to treat some pathological process, otherwise “primum non nocere” (first do no harm) must apply. Physicians do not interfere in a healthy process.
  2. There is strong scientifically verified evidence of benefit to the patien
  3. There are relatively few side effects and hazards (fewer than benefits)
  4. Less invasive and more reversibly treatments have been tried first.
  5. The procedure in question is done in good conscience. The physician must be fully informed of the science. He/she must evaluate the effects of treatment on his/her patients by conducting a careful follow-up.
  6. The patient is given a clear recommendation and a fair chance to accept or reject that treatment recommendation by the physician.
  7. The physician must be motivated only by what is in the patient’s best health interests in the long term
  8. Fully informed consent is obtained after sufficient time and freedom to choose or reject the doctor’s recommendation is given. All benefits, hazards, alternatives must be described. The patient must be able to obtain unbiased answers to all relevant questions and a 2nd opinion if desired or indicated.
  9. All related personal emotional and interpersonal conflicts (approximately 53 major issues) that impinge on the proposed treatment must be resolved.

Nowhere is IA provided legally on demand at any time for any reason as an unencumbered “right”.



A.   Social.

  1. The woman’s welfare, ie. improved happiness, work and educational success and relationships. There is no evidence to support this claim. The best evidence is that women are more discontented, still want babies (at age 40 yrs+) have more marital violence and divorce. Marital violence follows rather than precedes abortion.(1)
  2. Family benefits. There is no evidence. There are more family breakups and more children in foster homes with more abortions.
  3. Rape and incest. There is no evidence that women who abort for these reasons are happier or better off.
  4. Child abuse and neglect. The evidence shows that child abuse and neglect has increased even though unwanted children were aborted. (2)

B.   Medical

Less than 1% of abortions are done to preserve the life of a mother threatened by a hypertensive crisis. If the mother is determined to proceed with the pregnancy, physicians will successfully treat the hypertension without an abortion.

C.   Surgical

All surgical procedures can be done successfully when a woman is pregnant.

D.   Psychiatric

It is claimed that abortions need to be done on women with a psychiatric illness.  The well established fact (3) is that all psychiatric illnesses are made worse by abortion, especially depression and suicidal thinking.


Conclusion: Pregnancy is not a disease and there are very few (< 0.5 % of pregnancies) valid reasons to do an abortion.




  1. “Relief” Relief declines in time, regret increases. Major’s (4) research is full of basic flaws eg. Low rate of follow-up, biased sample, biased observers etc. yet it is often quoted. It is wrong and very misleading.
  2. Safer than a full term pregnancy”. (5) It is foolish to make a comparison between a pregnancy ending in a delivery, which is 3 times longer, with one ending in abortion. All hazards are more likely to occur on the basis of chance alone if the time is longer.



A. Clinical Observations.

  1. Loss of “mother freshness” for the rest of her life. She can never again hold a child without feeling regret and shame. It is like the traumatic loss of virginity.
  2. Chronic fatigue. From persistent mental conflicts resulting in loss of

homeostasis and energy efficiency.

  1. Fibromyalgia. (6) Pain hormones from tearing apart the infant’s body

are absorbed into mother’s blood and transmitted to her brain.

  1. Autoimmune diseases. DNA from aborted babies found in drinking water and vegetables.
  2. Marital discord. From increasing mutual male- female hostility and distrust. He coerces her. She aborts without his awareness and consent.
  3. Sexual disorientation. Some men and women are so afraid to make a baby that he/she will likely be aborted. They prefer any sexual encounter that isn’t vaginal intercourse.

B. Research.

1. 2.Less breast feeding. Breast milk is the best source of essential fatty acids that make up the white matter of the brain and myelin sheaths of peripheral nerves. Those lacking EFA during infancy are not as bright or as quick as they were designed to be.

  1. a) Ney PG, Wang ZG (7) In two studies, these authors discovered that prior to the introduction of the one child policy in China the breast feeding rate was 87%. After the one child policy took affect, the breast feeding rate dropped to 18.7 %  (table 1)
  2. b) Breast milk is the best source of essential fatty acids that make up the white matter of the brain and myelin sheaths of peripheral nerves. Those lacking EFA during infancy are not as bright or as quick as they were designed to be. (8)


2. Increased drug and alcohol abuse.

a) Drower et al (9) almost random assignment of abortion in South Africa found that those with induced abortion compared to those who deliver had higher rates of tobacco, alcohol and tranquilizer use.

b)Reardon, et al.(10) Women aborting first pregnancy are 5X more likely to misuse drugs than those who delivered.

From: despair and wanting to ease emotional pain but no help and can’t talk. Post abortion women are trying to erase painful memories become addicted to physician prescribed medication.

3. Increased rate of violent death

a) Gissler et al, (11)(Finland, record linkage study of whole population) found that women with induced abortion compared women who delivered had Relative Risk (RR):    4.2 for accidents or injuries, 6.5  for suicide,14.0 for homicide.

b) Reardon et al. (12) 186,000 Medicaid recipients, record linked in California, adjusted for age and psychiatric hospitalization, for induced abortion compared to delivery, the RR: 1.44 for accidents, 3.12 for suicide, 1.93 for homicide

Suicides result from feeling: trapped, no help, despair, fear, anger, depression, guilt, grief and no help is available.

4.Poor physical health

a) Ney et al. (13) studied patients from family practice in Victoria BC. Those who had induced abortion compared to those who had delivery, miscarriage or stillborn had significantly poorer general and emotional health.

b) Berkley et al (14) Following induced abortion there was an 80% increase in attendance at family physician for medical reasons and 180% increase for psychosocial reasons.

 5. Increased psychiatric illness.

a) Reardon et al (15) in record linked, psychiatric hospitalization after induced abortions are significantly increased for 4 years.

b) Coleman (16) a meta-analysis of 22 large studies found the increased risk of mental health problems depending on the type was 55% to 138% for women who abort compared to women who deliver.

c) Fergusson et al (17) This prochoice advocate in New Zealand doing a longitudinal of child development found significantly increased risks of mental health problems.

7. Increased Breast Cancer

a) Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists (18) disputing the link of induced abortion with later breast cancer agreed that IA was associated with prematurity which is associated with increased rates of breast cancer

b) Brind et al (19) Summarizes all the studies for and against the ABC link and maintains (with valid reasons) that good research supports the link. Reasons are that abortion: truncates biorhythm, leaves cells immature, no protective effect of breast feeding, more depression, which inhibits immunity.

 8. Increased Childhood Abuse and Neglect

a) Ney et al. (20) Induced abortion is significantly associated with poor bonding, diminished ability to respond to helpless cry, control of own rage, reduced empathy, and thus a statistically increased risk of abusing and/or neglecting their other children.

b) Coleman et al (21) one prior abortion compared to no loss, women had a 144% higher risk of physically abusing a child.

9. Post abortion survivor syndrome

a) Ney et al. (22,23) Children whose parents wanted them but aborted one or more siblings have a statistically greater chance of having: existential guilt, distrust of authority, sense of impending doom, tendency to harm themselves, disinterest in having children, ontological guilt, feelings of unreality, preoccupation with the occult.

10.  Other harmful effects of induced abortion repeatedly recorded are:

Infertility, single child families, prematurity, still births, low birth weights, miscarriage, family violence, night mares, sleep disturbances etc.



  1. Economic. World wide, exponential decline in fertility rates and falling birth rates in most countries results in diminished demand for goods and services and thus deflation and lower stock market trading and prices. Older people despair as they see they carefully saved assets evaporate as house prices fall below the value of their mortgage.
  2. Health care costs escalate. From: Staff and facilities taken up doing the unnecessary procedure of abortion. All the illnesses associated with induced abortion create a much greater demand for office, clinic and hospital services.
  3. Increased pressure to euthanise. As a result of poor economies and burgeoning health care budgets there is increasing desire to euthanize older and chronically ill people to “free up beds” and “reduce hospital costs”.
  4. Greater ambient fear, guilt and hopelessness. When people are vaguely feeling God is not at all pleased with human arrogance and murdering babies, they sense impending doom. Instead of getting right with God they seek to distract their “morbid” thinking with more frequent and more intense entertainment, sex, travel, drugs and occult fantasy.
  5. Dehumanization. About 60% of all the women in the world have had an abortion by age 45. This means about 60 % of men have contributed by coercing or neglecting or abandoning their partner when she is first pregnant About 50% of the world’s younger people are abortion survivors. Almost everyone is inhibiting their God given instinct to protect babies. The net effect is massive dehumanization, which makes people more crude, rude, hard and selfish. The second greatest harmful effect of abortion is dehumanization. Dehumanized people are very vulnerable to enslavement.




There are technologically enhanced methods eg. IVF for conceiving and bearing and child. However there are drawbacks. There are more genetic disorders associated with IVF. Most of the tiny babies are discarded down the drain. If there are too many surviving infants after they are successfully implanted, they are aborted. Their parents know this and some feel bad, usually not bad enough to keep them from doing it again.

2. Psychological.

There are many post abortion counseling techniques that range from the sublime to the ridiculous. A methodologically correct and statistically sophisticated study is:

  1. a) Ney et al. (24) The Hope Alive group therapy program has been shown to improve most facets of the PAS and PASS problems.


Most religions studiously avoid trying to help the people in their congregations that are adversely affected by abortion. Yet upon request God forgives completely and with wise counselors will heal partially.


Induced abortion increased rather than prevented child abuse and neglect. Ney et al (25). Consequently there is a growing emand for foster homes, some of which are unsuitable. There needs to be carefully planned and executed rehabilitation programs for PASS young people.


Some Problems with research on abortion.

Most studies have some of these serious faults

  1. Confusing a normal reaction (complicated grief) to an abnormal event (abortion) with abnormal reaction (depression) to “normal” event (termination of pregnancy).
  2. Not comparable situations; post birth with post abortion.*
  3. Short follow-up, often < 2yrs does not measure harm well covered by strong defenses which operate as long as the person is healthy.
  4. Not all pregnancies are accounted for,
  5. Duration of pregnancy ending in abortion 1/3rd that of pregnancy ending in child birth.
  6. Dichotomous measures distort variables on a continuum
  7. Very large samples no real advantage when effect is large
  8. The terms “Unwanted” and “Unintended” are much too variable, unstable, indefinable to be used as controlling factors.
  9. Interviews much to susceptible to bias
  10. Burden of proof lies with operator and supporter but they don’t bother to do the research.
  11. There is a strong prochoice bias in funding and publishing that sways public perception.



Induced abortion is clearly a medically approved procedure that only harms women. In spite of the strong scientific evidence of many deleterious effects and the lack of evidence for benefit, induced abortions are performed as if it improves women’s health. Medical licensing bodies have ignored the most basic tenets of evidence based medicine and provide a license to practice to physicians who by doing induced abortions only harm their patients.

Some governments force their citizens to pay taxes that fund these harmful procedures. Judges condone the aborting doctors even though it is clear they are legalizing a harmful only act. But is it possible to legalize a criminal act?  Is it not aggravated assault to push a curette or suction into a woman’s uterus for no medical indication and no medical benefit? Is it not illegal for a physician to harm a person even if that patient consents?

There is no time in the history of modern medicine when a procedure, known to be only harmful was ever practiced or medically approved. The only country that legalized an entirely harmful procedure was Germany under the Nazis who “lawfully” gassed millions. That country is now universally recognized as being uncivilized at that time. Thus there are many countries which have now become uncivilized through approving induced abortions upon a woman’s choice.



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  2. Ney PG, Relationship Between Abortions and Child Abuse. Can J Psychiatry. 1979; 14: 610-618.
  3. Abortion, Babikian HN, in Comprehensive Handbook of Psychiatry, Kaplan HI, Freedman AM eds, 2nd ed 1496-1500, 1975.
  4. Major B Cazazrelli C et al, Pschological responses of women after first trimester abortion Arch Gen Psychiat. 2000; 75: 777-784.
  5. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Guidelines for the Practice of Abortion, Draft paper, London, 2011.
  6. Ney PG, Vicariously experienced pain during an abortion. (fibromyalgia) on science section.
  7. Ney PG Wang ZJ The effect of abortion on rates of breastfeeding in China (unpublished)
  8. Issacs EB, Rischi BR et al, The impact of breast milk on intelligence quotient, brain size and white matter development. Pedatr Res. 2010; 67: 357-382.
  9. Drower SA, Nash ES, Therapeutic abortion on psychiatric grounds. S Afr Med J 1974; 55: 643-647
  10. Reardon DC Ney PG, Abortion and subsequent substance abuse, Am J Drug Abuse 2000; 26: 61-7
  11. Gissler M Hemminki E Lonnqvist J, Suicides after pregnancy in Finland, 1987-94: register linkage study BMJ 1996; 313: 1431-1434.
  12. Reardon DC Ney PG et al,  Deaths associated  with pregnancy outcome: A record linkage study of low income women. Southern Medical J 2002; 95: 834-841.
  13. Ney PG Fung T Wickett AR Beaman-Dodd, The effects of pregnancy loss on women’s health, Soc Sci Med 1994; 38: 1193-1200.
  14. Berkley D Humphreys PL Davidson D, Demands made on general practice by women before and after abortion, JR Coll Gen Pract 1984; 34: 310-315.
  15. Reardon DC Cougle JR et al, Psychiatric admission of low-income women following abortion and childbirth, CMAJ 2003; 168: 1253-1256.
  16. Coleman PK, Abortion and mental health: quantitative synthesis and analysis of research published 1995-2009 BJ Psch. 2011; 199: 180-186
  17. Fergusson DM, Horwood J Boden JM, Reactions to abortion and subsequent mental health. BJ Psych 2009; 185: 420-426
  18. Royal College of Psychiatry. Draft paper on Induced Abortion Mental Health. London, 2011
  19. Brind J Chinchilli VM etal, Correcting the record on abortion and breast cancer. Breast J. 1999; 5: 215-216
  20. Ney PG Fung T Wickett AR, Relationships between induced abortion and child abuse and neglect: four studies, Pre and Perinatal Psychology J. 1993; 6: 43-63.
  21. Coleman PK Maxey CD Rue VM Coyle CT, Associations between           voluntary and involuntary perinatal loss and child mistreatment among low income mothers. Acta Paediatr 2005; 94: 1476-83.
  22. Ney PG, A Consideration of abortion survivors, Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 1983; 13: 168-179.
  23. Ney PG, Sheils CK, Gajowy M, Post abortion survivor syndrome: signs and symptoms, J Prenatal, Perinatal Psychology and Health 2010; 25: 107-129.
  24. Ney PG Ball K Sheils C, Results of group psychtherapy for abuse, neglect and pregnancy loss, Current Women’s Health Review, 2010; 6: 332-340.
  25. Ney PG, Wickett AR, Mental health and abortion: review and analysis, J Psychiatr Univ Ott, 1986; 14: 506-516.




Philip G. Ney MD FRCP(C)

Mount Joy College



Although abortion is the most commonly performed medical procedure in the world there is no evidence that it is medically indicated or beneficial for the patient. Abortion has never been established as an unencumbered right. It is always assumed it is good for women but the research is clear that it is not.  This paper briefly reviews the best evidence for and against induced abortion as treatment. It alerts scientists and physicians to the defects of major studies now published.


It must be concluded that induced abortion is only harmful. Thus a country that provides induced abortion is legalizing an irreversible, invasive, harmful medical act. No country can be considered civilized and legalize wide-scale harmful acts. The least any country must now do is to suspend the payment through taxes for abortion until the abortionists and their supporters show substantial evidence that abortions are: necessary, beneficial, free of major harm, done only when other less invasive, more reversible treatments have been tried and only done with fully informed consent.