Emotional Effects

After abortion, most women say they initially felt relief and looked forward to their lives returning to normal.  But some women report negative emotions after abortion that linger, unresolved.  For others, problems related to their abortion emerge months or even years later.

Some women experience strong negative emotions after abortion.  This psychological response is known as Post-Abortion Stress (PAS). Several factors that impact the likelihood of Post-Abortion Stress include: the woman’s age, the abortion circumstances, the stage of pregnancy at which the abortion occurs, and the woman’s religious beliefs.

Post-Abortion Stress Symptoms

  • Guilt
  • Anger/Rage
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional Pain
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Anniversary Grief
  • Flashbacks of Abortion
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Relationship Problems
  • Eating Disorders
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse

A recent study found that women “who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10% of the incidence of mental health problems [in women] was shown to be attributable to abortion. Read the article here.

Spiritual Consequences

People have different understandings of God. Whatever your present beliefs may be, there is a spiritual side to abortion that deserves to be considered. Having an abortion may affect more than just your body and your mind — it may have an impact on your relationship with God. What is God’s desire for you in this situation? How does God see your unborn child? These are important questions to consider.