Once again, Frank Durham is criticizing President Bush because his pro-life stance just isn't good enough for Mr. Durham - this time saying he has changed his position since 1978. Let's look at why someone may have had a change of heart on this issue over a course of 26 years.
Much has been learned about abortion and fetal development since the Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand in 1973 (Roe v. Wade). The Roe court at that time said they could not answer the question of when life begins. Now, 30 years later, medical and scientific discoveries have confirmed that life begins at conception. Improved ultrasound technology has given us a better look at that life. Indeed, we have even seen babies experiencing pain during an abortion via ultrasound.
Not only is abortion obviously deadly to pre-born babies, but we are learning more every day about the detrimental effects of abortion on women. There has been a mistaken notion that abortion helps women but there are no statistically valid studies that demonstrate that abortion makes women's lives better. On the contrary, women who have had abortions are twice as likely to die within two years of an abortion from mental as well as physical illnesses compared to women with live births. This increased mortality continues for the eight years following abortion with a 154 percent higher risk of death from suicide. After one abortion, she is two times more likely to get breast cancer and this risk increases with more abortions. A post-abortive woman is more likely to have complications with future pregnancies and more likely to suffer nervous disorders, depression, substance abuse and other psychological disorders. Clearly, abortion has two victims.