Abortion has consequences

Studies on the long-term effects of abortion

Sullins 2016_Abortion substance abuse and mental health

Coleman_2011_Abortion and mental health

Long term study of the psychological differences between abortion and miscarriage

In the short term, the emotional burden through loss and grief seems higher for abortions than for miscarriages, however after an abortion women feel guilt and shame in the long term and avoid all thoughts and feelings concerning abortion. 120 women were surveyed in Norway over a period of two years.

Oslo 2004: Psychological impact on women of miscarriage versus induced abortion: a 2-year follow-up study. Broen AN, Moum T, Bödtker AS, Ekeberg O.

Post-traumatic stress disorder after abortion

In a study of 548 women (331 Russians and 217 Americans) with one or more abortions, but not miscarriages: 65% of the Americans and 13.1% of the Russians showed multiple symptoms of increased emotional tension, reliving of the experience and avoidance associated with post traumatic stress disorder. Conclusion: post-traumatic stress disorder occurring with abortion, can increase stress and reduce the ability to cope with the situation, especially in women with adverse childhood experiences or previous traumas.

65% of the Americans showed symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Medical Science Monitor 2004: induced abortion and traumatic stress: a preliminary comparison of American and Russian women, rue VM, Coleman PK, rue JJ, Reardon DC.

Studies show that almost half of those who underwent an abortion suffered from severe depression.

Almost every second woman under 25 developed severe depression after an abortion. The close connection between depression, anxiety, suicide risk, addictive behavior and abortion was surprising even for the authors.

In a group of 1265 women from the city of Christchurch in New Zealand, observed since their births in 1977, 41% were pregnant before the age of 25 years. 14.6% aborted their child. 75 women had an abortion and of those, 42% developed severe depression within the following four years. Also the drug and alcohol abuse increased significantly in this group of women.

Study leader David M. Fergusson from the University of Otago, emphasized that these behaviors and illnesses could not be traced back to earlier experiences. (Christchurch - Health and Development Study 2006).

Almost every second woman under 25 developed severe depression after an abortion.

Long-term study brings burdensome data about disturbances resulting from post-traumatic stress

Statistical data collected in the United States shows: 55% of women who had abortions reported nightmares and obsessive preoccupation with the abortion process. 73% reported flashbacks (in which they experienced their abortion again; 58% of women reported suicidal thoughts that they linked directly to their abortion.

49% of women found it difficult to stay in the vicinity of babies.

68% say that they think poorly of themselves; 79% report feelings of guilt associated with the inability to forgive;
63% have anxiety about future pregnancies and childbirth and 49% of women have difficulty to stay in the vicinity of babies.

 

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