Shuping, Martha
18 Articles at Lifeissues.net

Martha Shuping, M.D., M.A.

Contact: mshuping01@sprynet.com

Articles

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in Pregnancy

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) "approximately 324,000 pregnant women are abused each year in the United States" and "the severity of violence may sometimes escalate during pregnancy or the postpartum period" (ACOG, 2012). Male perpetrators of IPV were more likely to have been involved in three or more pregnancies ending in abortion. Thus, “violence can lead to pregnancy and to subsequent termination of pregnancy, and ... there may be a repetitive cycle of abuse and pregnancy”.

Date posted: 2017-04-17

The Supreme Court and Psychological Injury from Abortion

People experiencing PTSD typically have intense distress when encountering anything that reminds them of the initial trauma. Those experiencing PTSD typically shun people, places or things that bring back painful memories and avoid thinking about the past trauma. This may be an explanation for the increased substance abuse during subsequent pregnancies. The baby and the pregnancy experience may be a reminder of the pregnancy that ended in abortion, and intensely painful emotions can be triggered.

Date posted: 2012-12-28

Wantedness & Coercion: Key Factors in Understanding Women's Mental Health After Abortion

Many women experience unwanted abortions under conditions of varying degrees of pressure, coercion or force. Many women experience uninformed abortions, with very inadequate counseling if any. These women have no awareness about possible harmful effects of abortion, no information about the full range of options available to them regarding babies they want, and no information about their own risk factors for possible adverse reactions.

Date posted: 2012-01-30

Men and Abortion

For decades, abortion has been viewed primarily as a women's issue, so the focus of research has been primarily on the effects of abortion on women, with fewer studies considering the effects of abortion on men. But research shows that in 95% of abortions, men are involved in the abortion decision. So it is important to understand the ways in which men are being affected by abortion. Current research confirms that men are impacted by abortion, and that abortion also affects the relationships of couples.

Date posted: 2011-11-27

Post-Abortion Suffering

The growing weight of scientific studies and the voices of women themselves tell the story of abortion as a life-changing, adverse experience for many. Relying on Dr. Martha Shuping's experience as a psychiatrist, we can describe the psychological impact of abortion through the lens of her clinical counseling and the emerging scientific literature.

Date posted: 2011-04-10

Economic Costs of Induced Abortion

The EUROPOP data (2004) shows that "previous induced abortions were significantly associated with preterm delivery and the risk of preterm birth increased with the number of abortions." More than 50 published studies to date, from more than twenty countries, show that induced abortion is significantly associated with preterm birth. Many large studies involving hundreds of thousands of cases show the risk of preterm birth increased with increasing numbers of abortions.

Date posted: 2010-04-25

Women's Mental Health After Abortion

The presentation is something a little different, taking the issue of forced and coerced abortion especially and tying it in with UN documents that say women should be "fully informed" and be free from coercion or violence in making their "choice." I included all the references at end, so I hope it will be useful. The assigned topic was actually women's mental health after abortion, but one of the reasons women's mental health is impacted by abortion is that many women are aborting wanted babies.

Date posted: 2010-04-10

Post-Abortion Suffering

Only in vacant policy debates and politically sanitized clinical studies do abortion's effects on women seem minor and unworthy of recognition. The real voices of many women tell far different stories - stories of life-altering experiences marked by a profound sense of loss and the need for spiritual and emotional repair. Maria put it this way, "The day that my baby died I realized that I had died, too." She is not alone. Maria and many others like her deserve our acknowledgement, our help and our love.

Date posted: 2010-04-08

Big Girls Do Cry: The Hidden Truth of Abortion

The existence of a growing abortion recovery movement, with thousands of support groups and programs from which to choose, testifies to the need women have to grieve for their loss while offering true hope that healing can take place. Only in vacant policy debates and politically sanitized clinical studies do abortion's effects on women seem minor and unworthy of recognition. The real voices of many women tell far different stories - stories of life-altering experiences marked by a profound sense of loss and the need for spiritual and emotional repair. Maria put it this way, "The day that my baby died I realized that I had died, too." She is not alone. Maria and many others like her deserve our acknowledgment, our help and our love.

Date posted: 2009-02-21

Women's Mental Health After Abortion

Many studies have shown significant associations between induced abortion and drug and alcohol abuse.

Date posted: 2008-11-22

Abortion Recovery

I've been asked to speak as a psychiatrist concerning the numerous grassroots abortion recovery programs that exist to help women, men, and families heal after abortion. If you've already been involved with the growing abortion recovery movement, you can readily understand why a psychiatrist might be involved in abortion recovery. For those who are only now learning about abortion recovery, I'll explain the connection by starting with a true story of one of my first patients.

Date posted: 2008-10-20

Economic Costs of Induced Abortion

The EUROPOP data (2004) shows that "previous induced abortions were significantly associated with preterm delivery and the risk of preterm birth increased with the number of abortions." More than 50 published studies to date, from more than twenty countries, show that induced abortion is significantly associated with preterm birth. Many large studies involving hundreds of thousands of cases show the risk of preterm birth increased with increasing numbers of abortions.

Date posted: 2008-05-20

Medical Abortion with Mifepristone (RU-486)

More pain was reported with medical abortion both during the abortion and during the follow up period.

Date posted: 2008-01-08

Deaths Associated with Abortion and Childbirth:

A large body of research from diverse locations including U.S., U.K., New Zealand, Finland and other places shows that abortion is associated with a worsening of physical and mental health, and the death rate is higher for post-abortive women. There is no evidence to demonstrate that abortion is a safe and effective treatment for clinical depression or suicidal thinking, and no actual studies to establish under what circumstance it saves lives if ever. Until further research is available to show the health benefits of abortion, it is inadvisable to rush toward legalization when the risks to health are so clear and so serious. Childbirth is much safer than abortion.

Date posted: 2008-01-02

Abortion Standards for Northern Ireland:

Many young women, including the young teens who will be able to access medical abortion without their parents knowledge under the draft Guideline, will be led to believe that medical abortion is easy and safe, as easy and safe as taking a tablet. Yet if women were given accurate information about what they could expect to experience, they might well choose differently.

Date posted: 2007-12-09

Early Preterm Birth (under 32 weeks gestation) and Cerebral Palsy in Subsequent Pregnancies after Abortion

Early preterm infants, those born before 32.0 weeks gestation, comprise only 15% of the premature population, but experience 80% of the neonatal deaths. Early preterm infants also constitute a majority of those with serious disabilities, including mental retardation, epilepsy, blindness, deafness, lung infections, and cerebral palsy.

Date posted: 2007-12-07

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder After Abortion

Research shows that a high percentage of women are likely to have some symptoms of posttraumatic stress after abortion. Even those having only some symptoms but not meeting all criteria may still experience significant distress. They will continue to remain at risk for developing full criteria posttraumatic stress disorder when exposed to other stresses later in life. Those who develop posttraumatic stress disorder often have symptoms that are very long-term, and this disorder is a predictor of poor general health. Comparisons with other groups give an indication of the magnitude of the stress that many women experience from abortion.

Date posted: 2007-11-24

Drug and Alcohol Abuse after Abortion

Studies show that women who have had abortions have a higher rate of drug and alcohol abuse compared to women who have not had abortions. Even more troubling is an increased rate of drug and alcohol abuse during pregnancy. Research also shows the drug and alcohol abuse occurs abuse occurs after abortion rather than before the abortion.

Date posted: 2007-11-20