Abortion and Its Effects By Victoria Garcia


"I began to drink heavily and use drugs. I had severe depressions in which I contemplated suicide. I had, and still have, horrible nightmares involving babies and people trying to kill me," describes abortion survivor, Jeanne Clark (Clark).

Jeanne's story is only one of many that represent the controversial topic of abortion. This topic is controversial because many people believe that abortion, "the act of removing a fetus from the womb," has no aftershock and creates no long term damage. While on the other hand, others believe in the mental, emotional and physical scaring that abortion leaves. In many cases abortion is used to prevent early parenthood and in regards to physical and emotional reasons, but along with these solutions, abortion also brings forth many long term problems. Mental health issues, emotional damage, and physical complications are some of the effects of abortion.


One of the most common problems that abortion creates are mental health issues. Some mental issues that women face after abortion include depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, behaviors, and substance abuse. Research has shown that women who have had abortions have a higher chance of having problems, especially drug and alcohol abuse (Harvey). Regardless, some people believe that women who undergo abortion don't face any mental problems after the procedure, but a 2011 meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found, "An 80% risk of mental health problems among women who had undergone abortions" (Stark). Depression is one of the most common mental health issues related to abortion. In fact, "Women whose first pregnancy ended in abortion were 65% more likely to score in the high risk range for clinical depression" (Cougle and Coleman). Along with depression, many women deal with suicidal thoughts and in some cases even commit suicide. David C. Reardon ran a study on 173,000 American women who had become pregnant and either had an abortion or gave birth. The study showed that women who had aborted were 154% more likely to commit suicide than those women who gave birth (Reardon). However, while mental health issues are the most common, they are only some of the after-effects of abortion that women deal with.

Emotional damage is also an area of concern for women who have had an abortion. Experts have stated that it's common for a woman who has undergone an abortion to be distant, detached, and unresponsive, along with being filled with emotions such as guilt and shame (Chittom). Abortion is a serious emotional disturbance and as Dr. Vincent Rue stated, "Abortion is an intentionally caused human death experience and as such, is capable of precipitating psychological traumatization" (Rue and Coleman). Even if the women personally don't believe they are killing the fetus, the body registers abortion as a death experience and causes serious emotional damage. "The trauma involved in being both attached to and responsible for the death of one's fetal child can be emotionally overwhelming" (Speckhard). Having to deal with this emotionally overwhelming experience is concerning and can take a toll on women's health.

With the combination of all the psychological disturbances and reactions of abortion, worrying physical complications can occur. One of the most common physical complications due to abortion is breast cancer. Many people don't agree that abortion can cause breast cancer, but Dr. Joel Brind, an expert on the abortion-breast cancer link concluded through one of his studies that women who aborted their first pregnancies had a 30-50% higher risk of getting breast cancer (Brind). Although that may be concerning, by far one of the most distressing effects of abortion on a woman's physical health is death. Reports show that legal abortion is the fifth leading cause of maternal death in the U.S. (Kaunitz). Something that can have an effect as serious as death is a definite concerning issue.

Call To Action

Abortion is a serious matter that can have various concerning effects, such as mental health issues, emotional damage, as well as physical complications. Depression, suicide, detachment, guilt, and even death are all complications brought by abortion. However, there are ways you can help. If you or a loved one has suffered through the effects of abortion take action. Contact a specialist if you need emotional, mental or psychical help and talk with your community on ways you can help combat this matter. Some organization that are willing to help include, Rachel's Vineyard and After Abortion. Don't let this pass by, if you have felt the effects of abortion do something to help out others and yourself.


After Abortion, http://afterabortion.org/help-healing/

National helpline for abortion recovery, toll-free, at 1-866-482-5433

Rachel's Vineyard, http://www.rachelsvineyard.org

Created By
Victoria Garcia


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