Volume 96, Issue 66
Tuesday, January 28, 2003

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Post-abortive illness no lie

Re: "WIN offers open ears," Jan. 23

To the Editor:

In her letter, Liz Berman states that post-abortive syndrome, mentioned in an earlier [news brief], does not actually exist and adds, "I challenge anyone... to find references to it in a credible... journal. Thus, if the syndrome doesn't exist... women who have had abortions do not require healing..."

So, if an illness is not yet mentioned in print, it does not exist? Having an abortion (or giving up a child for adoption or miscarriage for that matter) can have a very negative impact on a person. For some people, it can be so traumatic that they have to seek outside help to return their lives to normal (in other words, "healing"). You must believe this, even if it is not yet categorized in some text book.

Yes, I admit there is a conflict of interest with the Catholic Church offering counselling for these women. However, please don't deny that there is a real need for post-abortion mental health care.

Misty Devine
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