Some conservatives have taken abortion fear mongering to a whole new level
Abortion survivor syndrome is typically a term used by pro-lifers to try and convince women they’ll be harmed for life if they have an abortion. But one man, a Canadian psychiatrist, has found a rather odd new way to spin this phrase, and proof of that was seen on Fox News this recently.
A panel convened to discuss the horrific murder of 22-year old Christopher Lane by three “bored” teenage boys. One of the guests was Janet Morana, the executive director of Priests For Life, a pro-life group dedicated to ending euthanasia and abortion.
Ms. Morana spoke at length about why these three young men may have decided to kill Christopher Lane in cold blood, blaming everything from video games to television to lack of parental guidance and cell phones. It was when she mentioned Dr. Philip Ney and his “work” that my ears perked up. This was something new.
According to Dr. Ney, children born “post Roe v Wade” may suffer from something called “survivor syndrome,” and Janet Morana decided to whip this tidbit out during her appearance on Fox. Again, according to Ms. Morana and Dr. Ney, kids born after 1973 inherently realize that they could have been aborted and therefore are more likely to act out in negative ways.
If your jaw just fell into your lap, you are not alone. My son was born after 1973 and I asked him if he felt wonky, knowing he could have been aborted. Did he feel like grabbing his two best friends and a hunting rifle and driving around, shooting people? He looked at me as if I had lost my mind.
Philip Ney is a flaming Christian. His therapy methods are rooted in Christianity, often to the surprise of his patients and he is vehemently anti-abortion, going so far as to blame abortion for child abuse:
“People who have had an abortion are more likely to abuse their children and people who have been abused are more likely to have an abortion… Abortion results in more postpartum depression and therefore less bonding, less touching and less breast-feeding… It should be noted that one of the earliest arguments was that aborting unwanted children would diminish the incidence of child abuse. Statistics show precisely the opposite; that is, with more frequent abortions, all kinds of child abuse have increased.”
Luckily, the website where this quote can be found doesn’t have Dr. Ney proving any of that. I looked for these statistics, but was unable to find anything from a reputable source. The entire first page of Google gave me nothing but pro-life sites; nothing medically sound or unbiased.
Here’s one question for Janet Morana. Is this the 2013 version of the Twinkie defense? When Harvey Milk and George Moscone were gunned down by Dan White, his attorney stated that White’s severe depression was exacerbated by a change in his diet to junk food. White served five years for murdering two people in cold blood.
My second question would be to both Dr. Ney and Ms. Morana; do you truly believe that “post Roe v Wade” kids are sitting in their rooms right now, pondering the meaning of their existence and racked with survivor’s guilt? And if a teenager chooses to act out violently, that can it be blamed on some bizarre theory about abortion? Can you prove that?
No of course they can’t. Dr. Ney speaks of an unnamed patient who couldn’t bond with her new baby, and eventually disclosed that she had had an abortion. AHA bellowed Dr. Ney, abortion=lack of bonding, postpartum depression, etc. That’s how it works, you see, the right wing fear mongering about abortion. No facts, no figures, just fear and shame. Lots and lots of shame.
Because now, somewhere in America, a woman who had a secret (she couldn’t tell her conservative family) abortion twenty years ago is looking at her teenagers and wondering if (or when) they’ll snap. It’s all her fault, you see, for “murdering” her “baby.” Shame, shame, shame.
Video games, abortion, movies. It’s never just the fact that sociopaths exist and we have way too many damned guns and perhaps, just perhaps, moms and dads are working their collective asses off to try and pay the bills so yeah, Junior’s on his own sometimes.
No, it can’t be that.