After Abortion Grief and Regret
Do Some Women Experience Grief and Regret Following Abortion?
Although many women express a sense of relief after an abortion, many others experience regret and remorse. These psychological reactions are far more common than physical side effects of abortion and include:
Remorse and regret
Depression and Anxiety
Loneliness and Isolation
Seeking relief through alcohol or drugs
Who Is Most Likely to Regret An Abortion?
Women who do not believe the pregnancy is a real baby until it is born are not likely to have these emotional effects. However, those who believe they are carrying a living, moving baby even before it is born are far more likely to experience negative psychological effects from aborting their baby. Other vulnerable categories are:
Girls/women who are coerced into their abortions.
Girls/women who feel they have no support for their pregnancies.
Girls/women who are afraid to bring shame to their families.
Girls/women who have strong moral or religious beliefs opposing abortion.
Girls/women who are having abortions late in their pregnancies.
Girls/women with previous psychological issues.
Stories of girls who have had abortions and suffered from regret and grief can be seen at www.teenbreaks.com/abortion/girlswhoaborted.cfm
What Studies Have Been Done on the Effects of Abortion?
Since abortion was legalized in 1973, there is now a vast amount of literature and hundreds of studies on the psychological after effects of abortion. These are far too numerous to mention here but can be easily found by Googling the subject.
The largest and most thorough of these studies appeared in the British Journal of Psychiatry conducted by Professor Priscilla Coleman, PhD, of Bowling Green State University, published in 2011. Major findings in the study included:
Women who have had an abortion have an 81% higher risk of subsequent mental health problems compared to women who have not had an abortion.
Women who aborted have a 138% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women who have given birth.
Women who aborted have a 55% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women with an unplanned pregnancy who gave birth.
Women with a history of abortion have higher rates of anxiety (34% higher), depression (37%), alcohol use/misuse (110%), marijuana use (230%), and suicidal behavior (155%), compared to those who have not had an abortion.
Another Type of Anger and Regret Following an Abortion Pill Abortion
The abortion pill/RU-486/chemical abortion is supposed to be easy, safe, and quick; but for some women it has been difficult, dangerous, and deadly, resulting in anger and regret. These are comments from some of those women:
My daughter took the abortion pill, and it almost killed her.
I took the abortion pill and bled for 6 months straight. I paid $500 cash to bleed out for 6 months only to find out there was still fetal tissue attached to my uterus that was causing active blood flow. I would suggest no one use the abortion pill. I ended up in surgery because of it.
Someone very close to me used the abortion pill and ended up in the hospital for 3 months with blood clots and deep vein thrombosis. She was 16 when this happened. Stay away from this pill ladies. It is not worth your life. Planned Parenthood gives out this pill with no explanation of the serious side effects that can happen. Their followups are nonexistent. These women think this drug is safe. It is not.
When I took the abortion pill it was a nightmare experience, and I was in pain bleeding for 2 days. I had to go back to the clinic a week later to get an ultrasound specifically to make sure there was no fetus left inside of me.