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Thomas W. Strahan Memorial Library
Standard of Care for Abortion
Abortion Decision-Making
Psychological Effects of Abortion
Social Effects and Implications
Physical Effects of Abortion
Abortion and Maternal Mortality
Adolescents and Abortion
Definition of Terms
Women's Health After Abortion
Material Yet to be Cataloged
Strahan Summary Articles

Detrimental Effects of Abortion: An Annotated Bibliography and its two supplements, edited by Thomas W. Strahan, laid the foundation for the largest detailed bibliography of literature related to abortion's effects on women, men, their children and society.

The entire substance of these these works, plus additional material contributed by a number of other editors, are now available on line through this, the Thomas W. Strahan Memorial Library, which is maintained as a major part of this wiki which is maintained and operated by the Elliot Institute.

Below is a detailed index of subjects covered. At the right of each linked page is a summary index.

Tom Strahan also produced two supplements, Supplement 1 and Supplement 2, which have not yet been transferred into the main bibliography. These and other materials that have not yet been fully transferred to this main index can be found at Material to be catalogued


Introductory Material

Editor's Introduction
Editor's Discussion of Key Research Findings and Conclusions

Standard of Care for Abortion

Abortion Procedures - Standards and Guidelines
Informed Consent

Abortion Decision-Making

General Background Studies
Crisis Theory
Pregnancy as a Crisis
Pregnancy Reactions/Unwanted Pregnancy
Characteristics of Women Having Induced Abortion
Abortion Decision Making - Role of Males
Adoption as An Option

Psychological Effects of Abortion

Validity of Studies
Risk Factors for Adverse Emotional Consequences of Abortion
Abortion Compared to Birth or Miscarriage
Post-Abortion Stress/Trauma/Post-Abortion Syndrome
Grief and Loss
General Background Studies
Grief and Loss Following Abortion
Guilt -- General Background Studies
Abortion-Related Guilt/Regret/Violation of Conscience or Belief
Ambivalence or Inner Conflict
Self-Punishment (Masochism) or Punishment of Others (Sadism)
General Background Studies
Abortion-Related Depression
Depression Shortly Prior to Abortion
Depression During Subsequent Pregnancies
Anniversary Depressive Reactions
Depressive Reactions from Genetic Abortion
Short Term Depressive Reactions
Long Term Depressive Reactions
Psychiatric or Psychological Hospitalization or Consultation
Self-Destructive Behavior
Repeat Abortions
Eating Disorders
Substance Abuse
General Background Studies (Substance Abuse)
Substance Abuse and Induced Abortion
Long-Terms Effects of Abortion
Replacement Pregnancies/Rapid Repeat Pregnancies After Abortion
Impact of Abortion On Others
Men And Abortion
Abortion's Impact on Siblings
Impact of Abortion on Marriage and Family
"Wantedness" as a Factor in Child Abuse
Child Abuse and Its Relationship to Abortion
Child Neglect or Failure to Bond
Family Violence and Abortion
Abortion as a Risk Factor for Violence During Pregnancy
Homicide of Women During and Following Pregnancy
Sexual Assault Pregnancy and Abortion
Second and Third Trimester Abortion

Social Effects and Implications of Abortion

Outcome - Refused Abortions
Sex Selection Abortion
Genetic Engineering
Deterioration of Economic and Social Conditions Following Abortion
Abortion and Race or Poverty
Abortion and Religion
Decline of Religious Involvement After Abortion

Abortion Technique and Its Relationship to Adverse Physical Effects


Short Term Complications and Other Aspects of Morbidity


Immediate Physical Complications

Cervical Injuries
Perforated Uterus

Pain in Women

Acute Pain
Chronic Pain

Organ or System Failure

Cerebrovascular Diseases (Stroke)
Circulatory Diseases
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC)
Amniotic Fluid Embolism
Pulmonary Embolism
Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Infection Associated With Abortion

Septic Abortion
Acute Renal Failure from Septic Abortion
Autoimmune Disease
Genital Tract Infection
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
General Background Studies (PID)
Abortion Related Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Bacterial Vaginosis
Chlamydia Trachomatis Infection
Use of Antibiotics in Connection With Induced Abortion

Impact on Later Pregnancies

Secondary Infertility
Uterine Fibroids
Gestational Trophoblastic Disease
Hypertension (High-Blood Pressure)
Ectopic Pregnancy
Placenta Previa/Aburuptio Placentae/Retained Placenta
Subsequent Miscarriage Premature Birth or Low Birth Weight
Neonatal Infection
Intraamniotic Infection
Subsequent Fetal Malformation/Birth Defects

Cancer Risk Associated With Abortion

General Studies
Breast Cancer
Protective Effect of Early Childbirth
Induced Abortion as an Independent Risk Factor
Cervical Cancer
Ovarian Cancer
Endometrial Cancer
Lung Cancer
Colon and Rectal Cancer
Other Cancers

Abortion and Maternal Mortality

Maternal Death from Abortion
Pregnancy-Associated Mortality

Adolescents and Abortion

Adolescent Developmental Issues
Abortion Decision-Making Among Adolescents
Pregnant Teenagers -- Reliance on Others to Make Pregnancy Resolution Decisions
Adolescent Abortion and Parental Involvement
Parental Notice or Consent
Effect of Parental Involvement Laws
Necessity of Parental Involvement
Family Estrangement
Parental Reaction to Pregnancy
Profile of Adolescents Not Disclosing Pregnancy or Abortion to Parents
Availability of Financial Resources as a Factor
Adolescent Violation of Conscience or Belief
Adolescent Long Term Psychological Sequelae
Adolescent Demographic Data
Differential Physical Complications of Adolescent Abortion
Adolescent Risk of Breast Cancer

Definition of Terms