Anomaly of abortion and mental health funding

Post-abortion healing facilitators are relieved to see that the $100million funding for mental health services, announced before the 2022 Budget, is complemented in the Budget with $102million for community health.

                  Catherine Gillies

The increased funding is also welcomed as being valuable in coping with the increased strain that the Government-funded, free Telehealth abortion-on-demand service places on our communities, the facilitators state. Post-abortion healing facilitator and chartered accountant Catherine Gillies said that it is an anomaly that the Government is pushing increased abortion services, yet tries to address mental health issues, when the former feeds the latter.

She said that where informed consent laws are introduced, abortion rates fall, as people who are fully informed about the impacts of abortion realise that it is neither a quick fix, nor an easy fix. It is also permanent.

A statement from Ms Gillies noted that, while the abortion liberalisation debate in New Zealand was centred around the rights of women, the fact that abortion is always “bad medicine” was completely ignored. Decades of research from around the world, the statement continued, involving hundreds of thousands of women, has consistently resulted in evidence that the long-term physical and psychological impact of abortion indicates that it’s a medical procedure with particularly poor outcomes.

The statement added that the on-going social cost of caring for women (and extended families) after an abortion must make it one of the least cost-efficient “health” expenditures that there is.

One study noted by the statement found that every abortion shortens a woman’s life expectancy by ten years. Many practioners have worked with abortion-related intergenerational trauma.

Ms Gillies believes that social costs should be factored into the Government Budget. “The reality is, the on-going fiscal drain in a state-funded health system should not be understated, because every tax dollar could be spent elsewhere, in another government department.”

Her statement also noted correlations between abortion and increased rates of long-term mental and physical health problems; fertility issues and the health of future children; relationship break downs; six times more likely of death by suicide; 14 times more likely of death by homicide; 5-fold higher rates of addictions.

The statement from Ms Gillies added that it is hoped that the increased Pharmac budget of $191million will be utilised for valuable life-enhancing drugs, previously denied to New Zealanders, rather than an increased supply of abortion and euthanasia drugs.

Hope Alive facilitates healing programmes for people wounded by abortion, and actively engages in supporting life at all stages. Building communities of love and support will hopefully eliminate
requests for abortion or euthanasia drugs.

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