You may have already been made aware of the physical risks of abortion, but many people are unaware of the mental health risks of this option.
Common negative consequences include drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.
Be sure to consider all the possible outcomes, including the mental health effects, before an abortion. You deserve to know the facts.
The World Health Organization defines mental health as “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.”
It can be a lot to deal with already if you have been dealing with mental health struggles before an abortion. After an abortion, it may be even more detrimental to your overall health.
There are long-lasting consequences for mental health after abortion. It’s important to consider this before making your final decision.
The Effects of Abortion & Mental Health
Psychotherapist Vincent Rue first introduced the connection between mental health issues and abortion in his study, “Induced Abortion and Traumatic Stress.” His study revealed that…
- 60% reported that they felt “part of me died” after their abortions
- 25% said they didn’t receive adequate counseling
- 64% said they felt pressured by others to abort
- 65% of U.S. women experienced multiple symptoms of PTSD (which they attributed to their abortions)
Medical researcher and professor David Fergusson has another study on abortion and how it’s associated with increased risks of anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicidal behaviors.
The study concluded that women who had abortions also had higher rates of mental health problems than other women.
Our post-abortion care is designed to help hurting women find the path to healing, with support every step of the way. We are here to listen to your experience and offer any support they can to help you in your healing journey.
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