Abortion and Metal Health

When a woman conceives unexpectedly, she faces a myriad of challenges—personal, relational and social. Her own ability and desire to parent, the impact of a child on her current life circumstances and relationships, the interest and capacity of her partner to parent, and the social and occupational context in which the pregnancy occurs are all critical considerations. The woman's psychological constitution, religious and political beliefs, and social and financial circumstances guide her decision-making at this juncture in her life.

Emotional and psychological effects following abortion are more common than physical side effects and can range from mild regret to more serious complications such as depression. It is important to discuss these risks with a trained professional who can address your questions and concerns. The emotional side effects of having an abortion are just as real as physical side effects.

Sadness, fear. Guilt, anger, depression, failure, shame, relief and isolation as well as somatic symptoms and psycho-social problems were identified as sequelae. It was concluded that abortion for fetal abnormality was a emotionally traumatic, major life event for both the father and mother.25 Researchers at the University of California School of Medicine found that the incidence of depression following abortion for a genetic indication was as high as 92% among woman and as high as 82% among men and was greater than that for elective abortion performed for a social indication or for stillbirth. Due to the emotional trauma some family units disintegrated or the couple divorced.

Abortion and Suicide

Psychiatrists suggest that pregnancy somehow serves a psychologically protective role. The presence of another person to "live for" appears to reduce the suicidal impulses of a mentally disturbed or deeply depressed woman.