Dr. Trandem lists the four risks of abortion: (1) Breast Cancer – there is a 40% increased risk of getting breast cancer in the future for those who have had an abortion, (2) uterine damage – heavy bleeding, hemorrhaging and permanent scarring can occur, (3) cervix damage – there is a 36% increased risk of pre-term birth in future pregnancies, and (4) mental health challenges – over 81% percent of women who have had an abortion may develop a lifetime chronic mental health disorder (depression, anxiety , panic disorder, etc.).
In her presentation, Dr. Trandem discusses what we need to combat the fourth risk of mental health challenges. How do we help those experiencing mental health challenges after an abortion?
Dr. Trandem states, “we need to fight with weapons of hope, faith, prayer and love.” By compassionately speaking to and showing love to those impacted by abortion, we can help them restore a sense of worthiness in themselves. People cannot expect those faced with an abortion decision to value human life when they do not value themselves. Those who are impacted from abortion, often carry wounds of trauma and feel unworthy. To end the demand for abortion, people need to be compassionate with their words, and be felt as a safe person to approach.
Dr. Trandem urges everyone to remember that those impacted by abortion, abortion providers, and pro-abortion supporters are hurt and if they could see they too are loved and valued, then everyone could engage on a different level and begin to establish common ground.