Abortion Emotional, Physical Effects and Facts

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Abortion emotional, physical effects and facts offers help those that may be affected by an abortion. Also, abortions may trigger emotional, physical and spiritual effects that can cause negative after-effects on those involved including:

  • The mother;
  • Family and friends involved with the decision; and,
  • The dad.

Not all women have adverse effects upon ending the life of the unborn child. However, for those affected, the physical effects and emotional effects can lead to feelings of hopelessness, guilt, shame including isolation or loneliness.

If you think you have no other choice than to seek an abortion, please place your thoughts on hold. Make time to consider all available choices; your worth the effort! Alternatives to abortion can be a win-win choice for the birth-parent(s), and the child.

The decision to have an abortion is a powerful parenting choice that can have long lasting effects on those involved. Being well-informed of alternatives to abortion can help lessen confusion, fears and self-doubt. Whether one is pro-life or pro-abortion, the ultimate decision is personal. Its critical support is available to aid the individual throughout the process; be patient, be kind and don’t judge.

Included below are dependable resources for emotional and physical effects as well as abortion facts and statistics.

 Emotional Risks of Abortion

Depression, regret, and remorse are a few of the emotional risks of abortion that a woman can and probably will experience after choosing to terminate the life of her child. The impact of ending the life of a child will have a negative effect on the life of the mother. However, studies have shown that many women will experience psychological problems that lead to emotional problems. The emotional risks of abortion can lead to a diagnosis of severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and abnormal behavior among other things.

A feeling of hopelessness can occur along with guilt and even rage. In addition, emotional risks of abortion will affect the mother and may affect all of those who were involved with the decision within the family unit. A father may grieve and have the same types of emotional problems that the mother does. Anyone involved with this decision are bound to be affected negatively. Having an abortion can cause relationships to change and unfortunately, they will not change for the better. Also, if both the father and mother to be are struggling with the decision they might place the blame on one another. Anger will surface and eventually a breakdown of the family unit will take place which can lead to separation and divorce.1   Read more…

The Emotional Side Effects Many Women Experience After an Abortion

Abortion can emotionally affect each woman differently. Some women report a sense of relief after having an abortion. The reasons for relief also vary from woman to woman.

Emotional and psychological effects following abortion are more common than physical side effects and Pro-Life | Abortion Risks | Abortion Effects | Abortion Factscan range from mild regret to more serious complications such as depression. It is important to discuss these risks with a trained professional who can address your questions and concerns. The emotional side effects of having an abortion are just as real as physical side effects.

One important factor related to the vulnerability of negative emotional or psychological effects has to do with your belief about the baby inside of you. Those who believe it is not a baby until it is born have less of a chance of experiencing negative emotional consequences. However, those who believe it is a baby are more likely to experience negative emotional side effects.

The following is a list of potential emotional and psychological risks of having an abortion. The intensity or duration of these effects will vary from one person to another.

Potential side effects include:

  • Regret
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Shame and secrecy
  • Sense of loneliness or isolation
  • Acute feeling of grief and loss
  • Insomnia or nightmares
  • Relationship issues
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • Eating disorders
  • Sadness and Depression
  • Anxiety

Who’s More Prone to Experience Emotional Side Effects?

It is possible for anyone to experience an unexpected emotional or psychological side effect following an abortion. Women commonly report that the abortion procedure affected them more than they expected. However, some individuals are more susceptible to experiencing some type of emotional or psychological struggle.2   Read more…

Abortion Risks:

A list of major psychological complications related to abortion

Requirements of Psychological Treatment:

A study of the medical records of 56,741 California Medicaid patients revealed that women who had abortions were 160 percent more likely than delivering women hospitalized for psychiatric treatment in the first 90 days following abortion or delivery. Rates of psychiatric treatment remained significantly higher for at least four years.1,3

Psychological Problems After Abortion Compared to Other Women

Women who have abortions are 81 percent more likely to experience subsequent mental health problems, according to a new study published by Britain’s Royal College of Psychiatrists. The greatest increases occurred in relation to suicidal behaviors and substance abuse.

Using a standardized statistical technique for combining the results of multiple studies, the meta-analysis revealed that women with a history of abortion face higher rates of anxiety (34 percent higher) and depression (37 percent higher), heavier alcohol use (110 percent higher) and marijuana use (230 percent higher), and higher rates of suicidal behavior (155 percent higher).3    Read more…

The Very Real Effects of Abortion – Physical | Facts You Need! {Pt 1}

There are two different types of abortion that are generally found in most abortion clinics. The type of abortion is dependent on the stage of pregnancy.

Effects and Risks of Abortion | Pro-Life | Anti-AbortionAbortion Pill (RU-486)
The abortion pill is given at the abortion clinic and blocks the pregnancy hormones that support the embryo (embryo is the early stage of a baby). It can only be used in very early pregnancy. It is recommended by the drug manufacturers that the patient make 3 visits to the clinic after taking the drug.  However, most abortion clinics combine visits and often, the woman has returned home when the cramping and bleeding begin with no medical supervision.  Read more… 

Abortion Procedures
To understand the physical effects of abortion, we need to share a simple description of the procedure. Depending on the stage of pregnancy, different procedures are used. All procedures involve opening the cervix. Abortion procedures include suctioning and scraping of the uterine walls, insertion into cervix and uterus by forceps, and using a sharp instrument inside of the uterus. Forceps are a surgical instrument that resemble a pair of tongs and used for grabbing, maneuvering, and removing the fetus. As many as three visits to the abortion clinic may be necessary.4   Read more…

Information obtained from Woman’s Right to Know Act (Kansas Department of Health and Environment) and LifeChoices Health Network (Joplin, MO).4

The Very Real Effects of Abortion | Emotional Facts You Need {Pt 2}

No woman wants to be in a situation of an unplanned pregnancy! And most women do not want to abort an unborn baby. But if the situation arises, then the focus is to remove the problem. Abortion often seems the most obvious – and the easiest – answer to that problem. However, on closer inspection it may not be that simple. In this two-part blog, we will look closely at the physical and emotional effects of abortion so you can understand it more fully.

Effects of Abortion: The Emotional Aspects

In a past blog article, the physical effects of abortion were discussed. Emotional reactions following abortion are more common than physical side effects. It is reported that the abortion affected them more than they ever expected.Pro-Life | Stop Abortion | Adoption | Abortion Risks and Effects

Abortion can affect each person differently. Some are traumatized and feel violated during the abortion. Others report feeling little during the abortion and in later years. Because every person is different, one person’s reaction to an abortion will be different from another’s reaction. Some who have experienced negative emotions find that those emotions go away with time. Others find them more difficult to overcome as time advances.

The feelings that can occur after an abortion have become so identifiable that this condition has been named Post Abortion Syndrome (PAS). Moreover, PAS is being recognized as a form of post-traumatic stress reactions (PTSD). PTSD often occurs after an individual has suffered an event so stressful and so traumatic that this person is unable to cope with this experience in a normal manner. Following a traumatic event, victims of PTSD are unable to simply resume their lives where they had left off. Instead, they experience a variety of reactions that do not go away merely with the passage of time.5    Read more…

The After Effects of Abortion

Abortion as Public Health Issue

In 1973, the United States Supreme Court struck down every federal, state, and local law regulating or restricting the practice of abortion. This action was based on the premise that the states no longer had any need to regulate abortion because the advances of modern medicine had now made abortion “relatively safe.” Therefore, the Justices concluded, it is unconstitutional to prevent physicians from providing abortions as a “health” service to women. [1]

National abortion policy is based upon this judicial “fact” that abortion is a “safe” procedure. If this “fact” is found to be false, then national policy toward abortion must be re-evaluated. This is especially true since over 1.5 million women undergo abortions each year.

Since the Court’s ruling in 1973, there have been many studies into the aftereffects of abortion. Their joint results paint a haunting picture of physical and psychological damage among millions of women who have undergone abortions.

The Physical Complications of Abortion

National statistics on abortion show that 10% of women undergoing induced abortion suffer from immediate complications, of which one-fifth (20%) were considered major.[2] [3]

Over one hundred potential complications have been associated with induced abortion. “Minor” complications include minor infections, bleeding, fevers, chronic abdominal pain, gastro-intestinal disturbances, vomiting, and Rh sensitization. The nine most common “major” complications are infection, excessive bleeding, embolism, ripping or perforation of the uterus, anesthesia complications, convulsions, hemorrhage, cervical injury, and endotoxic shock.[4]

In a series of 1,182 abortions which occurred under closely regulated hospital conditions, 27 percent of the patients had post-abortion infection lasting 3 days or longer. [5]

While the immediate complications of abortion are usually treatable, these complications often lead to long-term reproductive damage of much more serious nature.

The Psychological Effects of Abortion

Researchers investigating post-abortion reactions report only one positive emotion: relief. This emotion is understandable, especially in light of the fact that the majority of aborting women report feeling under intense pressure to “get it over with.” [4] [23]

Temporary feelings of relief are oftentimes followed by a period psychiatrist identify as emotional “paralysis,” or post-abortion “numbness.” [24] Like shell-shocked soldiers, these aborted women are unable to express or even feel their own emotions. Their focus is primarily on having survived the ordeal, and they are at least temporarily out of touch with their feelings.

Also, studies within the first few weeks after the abortion have found that between 40 and 60 percent of women questioned report negative reactions. [4] [25] [26] Within 8 weeks after their abortions, 55% expressed guilt, 44% complained of nervous disorders, 36% had experienced sleep disturbances, 31% had regrets about their decision, and 11% had been prescribed psychotropic medicine by their family doctor.6    Read more…

Abortion Facts

Fact #1: Every abortion kills an innocent human being.

Pro-Life | Choices | Adoption | Risks of Abortion | Effects of abortion on emotional, spiritual and physicalEvery new life begins at conception. This is an irrefutable fact of biology. It is true for animals and true for humans. When considered alongside the law of bio-genesis – that every species reproduces after its own kind – we can draw only one conclusion regarding abortion: every single abortion ends the life of an innocent human being.

Fact #2: Beginning at conception, every pregnancy involves two or more bodies.

No matter how you spin it, women don’t have four arms and four legs when they’re pregnant. Those extra appendages belong to the tiny human being(s) living inside of them. At no point in pregnancy is the developing embryo or fetus simply a part of the mother’s body.

Fact #3: It is just, reasonable, and necessary for society to outlaw certain choices.

Any civilized society restricts the individual’s freedom to choose whenever that choice would harm an innocent person. Therefore, it is impossible to justify abortion by simply arguing that women should be “free to choose.”7    Read more…


Primary nationwide abortion statistics for the United States are available from two sources—privately from the Guttmacher Institute (AGI) and publicly from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Guttmacher’s numbers, published every three years, come from direct surveys of all known and suspected abortion providers in the United States. Unfortunately, California, Maryland, and New Hampshire do not publicly report abortion totals. As such, Guttmacher’s abortion numbers are more complete, but they are approximations. Since only 58% of queried providers responded to Guttmacher’s latest survey, abortion totals were estimated for the remaining 42%. These estimates used in-state health department data and “service patterns of other abortion-providing facilities in the community.” Whereas the CDC numbers may be too low, Guttmacher’s numbers may be too high. Additional secondary statistics have been taken from the National Abortion Federation’s (NAF) 2009 teaching text on abortion, Management of Unintended and Abnormal Pregnancy: Comprehensive Abortion Care.

Who Has Abortions?

  • In 2015, unmarried women accounted for 86% of all abortions (CDC).
  • Among married women, 4% of pregnancies currently end in abortion. Among unmarried women, 27% of pregnancies end in abortion (CDC).
  • Women in their 20s accounted for the majority of abortions in 2015 and had the highest abortion rates (CDC).
  • Adolescents under 15 years obtained .03% of all 2015 abortions; women aged 15–19 years accounted for less than 10% (CDC).
  • Percentage of 2015 Reported Abortions by Age of Mother (CDC):
  • In 2015, women who had not aborted in the past accounted for 56% of all abortions; women with one or two prior abortions accounted for 35%, and women with three or more prior abortions accounted for 8% (CDC).
  • Among women who obtained abortions in 2015, 41% had no prior live births; 45% had one or two prior live births, and 14% had three or more prior live births (CDC).
  • Among white women, 10% of pregnancies currently end in abortion. Among black women, 28% of pregnancies end in abortion (CDC).
  • Black women were more than 5 times more likely to have an abortion in 2015 than white women (CDC).
  • The abortion rate of non-metropolitan women is about half that of women who live in metropolitan counties (NAF).
  • The abortion rate of women with Medicaid coverage is three times as high as that of other women (NAF).
  • In 2014, 30% of aborting women identified themselves as Protestant and 24% identified themselves as Catholic (AGI).8 Read more…

Resource Links:
Psychological Effects of Abortion
The Psychological Consequences of Abortion
Promoting Post-Abortion Spiritual Health
How to cope with depression after abortion
Abortion and Mental Health Impact
Spiritual Effects of Abortion