Abortion

Abortion Hurts Physically
Women are susceptible to serious physical complications due to the nature of the procedures used to abort children. Women can face perforation of the uterus, hemorrhaging that requires transfusion, cardiac arrest, endotoxic shock, major unintended surgery, infection resulting in hospitalization, convulsion, undiagnosed ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, cervical laceration, uterine rupture, and death. Women who abort are also more likely to experience future ectopic pregnancy, infertility, hysterectomy, stillbirth, miscarriage, and premature birth than women who have not had abortions.

Abortion Hurts Mentally
Pregnant women who abort have a six times higher rate of suicide than those who carry their babies to term. Teenagers who abort are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide than teens who have not had an abortion.

Abortion Hurts Emotionally
After-abortion trauma is the emotional and psychological impact sometimes experienced by women (and even men) after an abortion. Symptoms are similar to those in any post traumatic stress disorder and are listed below:

  • Bouts of crying
  • Depression or Despair
  • Guilt
  • Inability to forgive yourself
  • Intense grief / sadness
  • Anger / rage
  • Emotional numbness
  • Sexual problems or promiscuity
  • Eating disorders
  • Lowered self esteem
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Nightmares and sleep disturbances
  • Suicidal urges
  • Difficulty with relationships
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Flashbacks
  • Multiple abortions
  • Pattern of repeat crisis pregnancy
  • Discomfort around babies or pregnant women
  • Fear / ambivalence of pregnancy
  • The uncomfortable feelings associated with an abortion may not appear all together. Nor will each woman or man possess all of them. Symptoms may appear immediately or may not surface for 2-20 years following the procedure.

    The physical and psychological consequences of abortion are devastating. Countless women have come forward to share their stories about the aftermath of abortion. Read some of their accounts at www.silentnomoreawareness.org/itestimonies or www.abortionrecovery.org.

    There is hope and healing after abortion. Read more about our Conquerors program, which offers support for women suffering from the painful effects of a past abortion.