By Ellie Lee
Centering at the declare that abortion can lead to put up Abortion Syndrome, the writer examines the "medicalization" of the abortion challenge on each side of the Atlantic. Lee issues to contrasts in felony and clinical dimensions of the abortion factor that make for a few very important ameliorations, yet argues that during either the us and Britain, the PAS declare in truth constitutes an instance of the bounds to medicalization. She contends that exam of contests over PAS issues no longer lots to demedicalization as to the development of its alternative—motherhood—as a mental ordeal. Centrally, Lee makes the case for seeking to the social dimensions of psychological illnesses to account for and comprehend debates approximately what makes girls unwell.
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The personhood of the fetus is thus construed as a matter of opinion rather than fact. A further noteworthy feature of the PAS claim, in regard to the diagnostic criteria for PTSD, is the representation of the symptoms of PAS. ” To be diagnosed as having PAS, the woman has to reexperience the abortion trauma in one of four listed ways (for example, having recurrent, distressing dreams of the “unborn child”); she has to show three manifestations of a possible seven listed examples of avoidance (such as avoiding thoughts about abortion or feeling detached from others); and she has to have two of a possible eleven “associated features” (such as difficulty in falling asleep or eating disorders) (Rue 1995:27–28).
In their interesting and informative study of the antiabortion argument, Hopkins, Reicher, and Saleem argue that, through the PAS claim, opponents of abortion are in fact responding to the criticism that they ignore the experience and needs of women. They argue that this criticism represents the “rhetorical Achilles’ heel” of the antiabortion argument: . . the anti-abortionists’ focus upon the foetus means that they remain vulnerable to the charge of ignoring the woman and her experience. Indeed whilst the image of the foetus as a free-floating independent individual able to claim “rights” is actually dependent upon what Rothman (1986) describes as the reduction of the woman to invisible “empty space,” this treatment of women con- PAS and the Politics of Abortion 37 stitutes something of a rhetorical Achilles heel.
In this instance, the villain of the piece is sometimes presented in very general terms, as “a society” that does not care sufficiently for its victims and thus refuses to recognize the trauma of abortion. ” She aims to expose “the truth about abortion so that those suffering from trauma will know there is help available to them” (Marsh 1997:6). Rue also contends that the lack of recognition of the trauma of abortion is key to the psychological problems experienced by women who have had an abortion.
Abortion, Motherhood, and Mental Health: Medicalizing Reproduction in the United States and Great Britian (Social Problems and Social Issues) by Ellie Lee