PBA411H: The Psychology of Killing

Psychology of Abortion Killing


In recent decades, there has been a lot of research done on the psychology of killing - how human beings cope with the stress of killing other human beings. We'll apply this to abortion, looking at the experiences of abortion providers in light of what we know about the psychology of killing.

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Abortionist Statements

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FIXME https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=l9ia9KeyCc0#

FIXME Moral Injury https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_injury FIXME re: moral injury (as a subset of PTSD): example of combat vet facing horrors of little girl killed, burying the traumatic memories, but the memories re-surfacing when he was triggered by similar events in the news. Part of his path to healing was helping other people get to safety (especially a little girl) when he couldn't do so before. Some symmetry with SNMAC: moral injury of harming/failing to protect child, but some part of the healing process can involve trying to protect other children from meeting the same fate. Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/first-person-trevor-lewis-1.7190960

FIXME new academic paper on abortionists becoming pro-life advocates after being traumatized by killing: “Wounded Healers: Abortion and the Affective Practices of Pro-Life Health Care” https://academic.oup.com/jhmas/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/jhmas/jrad027/7174357?redirectedFrom=fulltext behind a paywall at the moment, can only see abstract