1. Patricia
    July 28, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    This might also be the effect of divorce too. As a single woman in my early 50’s, I can say that divorce has devastated my personal life. I use to have many couples as friends when I was married but over the past 12 years since my husband left, most of those couples have drifted away despite me making repeated attempts to engage them and to continue to reach out to them. Our lives are vastly different now and it’s virtually impossible to invite a couple over when you are a single. Most married women aren’t interested in this because there is no man for the husband to talk to. Many of my friends are stay at home mothers who have no idea what it’s like to work and be a full time parent. Many of the women my age who are working are single and most live alone.

    It’s depressing and lonely. Many women who are divorced will be left alone in their old age. For some it’s just too much and I can understand how some women might just give up.
    The Catholic and Christian churches do not see ministering to older singles as a priority and so these groups are often ignored. If they are also suffering due to a prior abortion, this compounds the problem.


  2. Bethany
    October 15, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

    Patricia, Thank you for bringing that up. There are so many women working and living alone and suseptible to depression. And the devestation of divorce. I’m sure the gifts God has given you are valuable and needed to someone, of course your children, but I hope that the Lord puts others in your path that you can give your gifts to. We all need each other. Men could be also suseptible to suicide and depression as well as broken relationships. Rachel’s Vineyard as Melissa mentioned is an excellent resource for sensitive, real, and precious healing for all those touched by the tragedy of abortion. Bless you Patricia..keep on going.


  3. S
    October 20, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    I think it is important to understand that the same feelings of helplessness, isolation, and lack of choices that can cause someone to have an abortion, can also cause someone to commit suicide. If someone doesn’t have a strong support system, then certain options, like raising a baby as a single parent or leaving an abusive relationship to have a baby, don’t seem as feasible. It also makes sense that people who don’t feel that they have options are depressed and then require mental health treatment to improve their psychological outlook.

    Also, I would like to point out that the article that is printed has to do with women in their 50’s. Those women are not getting pregnant and having abortions. To say that there is a causal relationship between an increase of suicides in women in their 50’s and abortions is a fallacy.

    Patricia, I appreciate your comment. It gives the article more depth and provides a better udnerstanding of the complex issue of the increase in the number of suicides of women in their 50’s.


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