a narrative of sin and atonement

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 21, 2007

"Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?" asks Emily Bazelon in the New York Times Magazine. The question is never answered directly. Instead, by a kind of asymmetrical condescension, we learn that many disturbed women (especially less-intelligent women, she doesn't say) like their disturbance reduced to terms they can understand. The concluding paragraph:

And then there is the relief in seizing on a single clear explanation for a host of unwanted and overwhelming feelings, a cause for everything gone wrong. When Arias surveyed 104 of the prisoners she had counseled in 2004, two-thirds reported depression related to abortion, 32 percent reported suicide attempts related to abortion and 84 percent linked substance abuse to their abortions. They had a new key for unlocking themselves. And a way to make things right. "You have well-meaning therapists or political crusaders, paired with women who are troubled and experiencing a variety of vague symptoms," Brenda Major, the U.C. Santa Barbara psychology professor, explained to me. "The therapists and crusaders offer a diagnosis that gives meaning to the symptoms, and that gives the women a way to repent. You can't repent depressive symptoms. But you can repent an action." You can repent an abortion. You can reach for a narrative of sin and atonement, of perfect imagined babies waiting in heaven.

These poor dears need something simple and consoling, and it would be pointless to deprive them of a comforting illusion. Got it.

Note that what Bazelon's academics say about Post-Abortion Syndrome the post-modern academy says about religion full stop. Probably not a coincidence.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 21, 2007 10:43 PM ET USA

    There is no doubt that the rate of female felonies has increased substantially in the last 2-3 decades. Just ask any policeman who has been working for more than 30 years how much of an increase in felony crime he has seen from woman. Crime that wasn't seen from woman 30-40 years ago, at least not with any regularity. It's interesting that since the dawn of Legal abortion, these felony offenses have skyrocketed amongst woman...a connection maybe?? Anyone want to sponsor a study.

  • Posted by: SANTIAGO326 - Jan. 21, 2007 9:51 AM ET USA

    Pardon all, I've been catching up on OTR. OTR, January 16, Services Rendered: a report of Fr. Bedoya's arrest for sexual battery on his male "guest." Khall wrote that Orlando was worse than L.A. Ah, yes--and by design. At the 1999 Call to Action conference a Dignity ("Catholic" homosexual advocacy group) officer told an (incognito) journalist that the homosexual movement would turn Orlando into San Francisco east in ten years. Why? Disney--fun and games for "toy boys."

  • Posted by: SANTIAGO326 - Jan. 21, 2007 8:45 AM ET USA

    Note that Bazelon studiously avoids mention of the abortion-breast cancer link that is part of a cluster of post-abortion maladies. One can see why--that link cannot be expunged with a "narrative."