Lasting damage

According to the 2009 WA Health Department review, which provides abortion statistics from 2006 to 2009, WA has Australia’s second highest rate of abortions compared with the number of pregnancies: 22.3 per cent of all pregnancies in WA ended in abortion, second only to NSW, with a rate of 24.7 per cent in 2006.

WA’s abortion rate has been around 22 per cent since 2006, compared with around 21 per cent for other States (except for NSW).

In 2009, there were 8885 abortions performed ” one for every 50 women. Using these statistics, there have been about 120,000 abortions performed in WA since the passing of the 1998 abortion Bill. MsDavenp ort fails to mention that there is increasing evidence of the detrimental impacts of abortion.

In her 2007 book, Redeeming Grief: Abortion and its pain, author Anne Lastman provides ample evidence and deals fully with the issue of how post-abortion trauma can damage women both spiritually and psychologically and may continue over many years.

Anne has conducted her clinic Victims of Abortion, which treats people psychologically damaged by abortion, since 1996. She has now treated more than l000 patients, mainly women, but also some men.

She has also seen evidence of how abortion devalues women, making men increasingly disrespectful of women and negatively affecting the relationship between men and women. Anne is very well qualified to set out in the clearest terms much of what she has seen and learned. There is a similar group operating in WA.