After an Abortion

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The Side of Abortion Nobody Ever Tells You About

For many women, their first emotion after having an abortion is immediate relief — relief that they’re no longer burdened with an unplanned, unwanted pregnancy.  Research indicates, however, that this relief is short-lived and is soon replaced by guilt, shame, secrecy, sadness, and regret.  This strong letdown experience is commonly referred to as Post Abortion Trauma.  Approximately 40 percent of post-abortive women experience intense traumatic responses to abortion, but statistics reveal that 80 percent will experience some level of symptoms.  Some psychologists believe the statistic may actually be as high as 100 percent of women who suffer some measure of trauma.

Psychological/Emotional Impact

Following abortion, many women experience initial relief.  The perceived crisis is over and life returns to normal.  For many women, however, the crisis isn’t over.  Months & even years later, significant problems develop.  There is evidence that abortion is associated with a decrease in long-term emotional & physical health.

Women who have experienced abortion may develop the following: Guilt, Depression, Grief, Suicidal thoughts, anger, difficulty bonding with their partner or children, anxiety, or eating disorders.

The bottom line is that the scientific evidence indicates that abortion is more likely to be associated with negative psychological outcomes when compared to miscarriage or carrying an unintended pregnancy to term.

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, we offer confidential, compassionate support designed to help women work through these feelings.  You are not alone. 

Spiritual Consequences

People have different understandings of God.  Whatever your present beliefs may be, having an abortion may affect more than just your body & your mind — there is a spiritual side to abortion that deserves to be considered.

We believe that after abortion, God offers forgiveness, healing and hope. 

We understand what you are feeling and have staff members who have been where you are.  Call or make an appointment to talk to someone.  You don’t have to carry this secret alone.