Here was an example of the increased risk of alcohol use and over-use and relationship breakdown following an abortion, even within marriage and with both parties seemingly agreeing.
In her book Charlotte also speaks about the sexual abuse when she was seven years old, by a neighbour who was reputedly "religious" and which left her having difficulties with the idea of "God" who is supposed to be looking out for "us" all the time.
So between sexual abuse trauma (undealt with) and abortion, it was not strange that she would develop depression and it would increase with each new crisis leaving her more and more vulnerable with the passing of time.
What has angered me mostly about this story is that she need not have died. I wish I could have had time with her. I know I could have helped her with both issues and the other thing which angers me so much is the media's reporting of her death.
It is easier to speak about cyber bullying because this is a really politically correct topic. Charlotte's fighting of this cause because of her own experience of being cyber bullied had made her depression a public issue. The media ignored the abortion issue which she clearly states in her book was the genesis of her depression.
Charlotte recognised it as the moment she experienced depression.
And yet we know that abortion increases the risks of anxiety disorder by 34%; of greater risk of depression 37%; abortion is also linked to a 155% greater risk of attempting suicide and in this case completed. It showed a 110% greater risk of alcohol abuse (seen here); 22% of substance use/abuse (e.g., marijuana) (Coleman Study 2011).
For Charlotte Dawson, sexual abuse as a child and not having dealt with it, and then an abortion of a wanted child, together with other life and career wounds and disappointments left her vulnerable.
Depression is a crisis of meaning, a sense of deep meaninglessness, a black hole bidding one to enter therein.
Emphasis on the need for grace for healing and restoration of psychological damage of sexual abuse and abortion is important and for Charlotte this was missing.
Healing really comes with the person being touched with the reality of the abortion. What it exactly was/is and the power that such acts have had.
Facing the reality, as awful as it is, accepting the reality that abortion and sexual abuse are evil, and being gentle with oneself, are the beginning of recovery.
Any crisis in life will lead to a questioning of higher meaning and for Charlotte Dawson even that was absent because someone had robbed her of her inclination towards Him, especially when in pain.
Indeed abortion did claim another victim and another victory, for she died of a broken heart.