Abortion terrorism in the United States began in the 1980’s and continues to the present date. The “Army of God” an underground group of followers dedicated to the overthrow of abortion rights and practices in the United States advocates harassment, abortion clinic blockades and clinic violence. The Army of God manual purportedly inspired by the souls of aborted babies urges followers to take action to end the “holocaust” of aborted children in the United States. The adherents of the Army of God are generally Christian in their background and view the embryo/fetus as a living human being that deserves protection from conception. They believe that abortion is an act of killing and advocate extreme measures including violence and killing of abortion practioners to save unborn “children”.
Dr. Speckhard became acquainted with the Army of God when she served on the defense team of Ms. _ a young woman with a traumatic and abusive life history. Ms. , previously a nonviolent pro-life activist, fell under the influence of the Army of God teachings when she was given its militant manual and told that those who witnessed the Holocaust in Germany now feel guilty and are often condemned for having done nothing to save its victims at the time it was happening. Motivated by her own traumatic abortion experience and previous traumatization in childhood, and made to feel guilty for not doing enough, she became involved as a militant attacking abortion clinics. In a deeply disturbed psychological state Ms. was influenced to take part in two abortion clinic attacks both that did little damage to the buildings. As a result she faced a lengthy prison sentence which was later shortened in a plea bargain. Dr. Speckhard continues to study abortion clinic terrorism in the United States.
Articles about Post Abortion Stress:
•Speckhard, A., & Rue, V. (2012). “Abortion” Entry in The Encyclopedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide. In C. Figley (Ed.): Sage Publications.
•Speckhard, A., & Mufel, N. (2005). Transitioning to the West: Gender Attitudes about Contraception and Pregnancy in a Former Soviet Union Country. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health(Summer), 289-302.
• Mufel, N. & Speckhard, A. Contraceptive Behavior and Sexual Education in the Republic of Belarus. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Journal of Pre and Perinatal Psychology.
•Speckhard, A., & Mufel, N. (2003). Universal Responses to Abortion? Attachment, Trauma and Grief Responses in Women Following Abortion. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health. 18 (1) Fall.
• Mufel, N., Speckhard, A. & Sivuha, S. Predictors of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Following Abortion in a Former Soviet Union Country. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health Vol 17 (1) 2002. pp. 41-61.
•Speckhard, A. “Traumatic Death in Pregnancy: The Significance of Meaning & Attachment” in Death & Trauma: The Traumatology of Surviving Charles Figley, Brian Bride, & Nicholas Mazza, Eds. Taylor & Francis, 1996.
•Speckhard, A. “Adolescents & Abortion: When Coping Mechanism Turns Traumatic Stressor” The Brown University Child & Adolescent Newsletter, 1996.
•Speckhard, A. “Abortion: Coping Mechanism Turned Traumatic Stressor” Psychotherapy News 1996.
•Speckhard, A & Rue, V. “Complicated Mourning: Dynamics of Impacted Post Abortion Grief,” Journal of Pre- and Peri-Natal Psychology (invited article) 1993.
•Rue, V. & Speckhard, A. “Informed Consent & Abortion: Issues in Medicine and Counseling,” Medicine & Mind (invited article) 1992. 7 pp. 75-94
•Speckhard, A. & Rue, V. Postabortion Syndrome: An Emerging Public Health Concern Journal of Social Issues, Vol.48, No. 3, 1992, pp.95-119
•Rue, V. & Speckhard, A. Post Abortion Trauma: Incidence and Diagnostic Considerations Medicine and Mind, 1991; VI, 1-2:57-73
•Speckhard, A. The Mental Health Effects of Abortion on Women Testimony Given to the House Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives March 16, 1989
•Rue, V. Speckhard, A. “The Psychological Aftermath of Abortion: A White Paper.” Prepared for Rogers, D., & Franz, W. the Office of the Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 1987.
•Speckhard, A. Psycho-Social Stress Following Abortion, 1987, Sheed & Ward Publishers, Kansas City, MO.