Abortion Found to Have Little Effect on Women’s Overall Mental Health

It’s been long assumed that abortions cause women to experience emotional and psychological trauma. This argument has in fact been used in the argument against abortion. However, a new study published by JAMA Psychiatry undermines much weight from these claims.

In a rigorous long-term study that follows nearly 1,000 women for the span of five years, experts found that those who actually terminated their pregnancies did not experience more “depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or dissatisfaction with life” overall than those who were denied it.

Women who were denied abortions, which was usually due to their pregnancies being too far along past the allowable cut off date, did experience an initial onset of increased anxiety and plummeted life satisfaction in the first two weeks. This reaction is not surprising, as giving birth and raising children is a life-altering event.

The study found that over time, the psychological well-being of both groups did improve and eventually converge, suggesting that restricting women’s access to abortion does not produce long-term consequences.

What’s more, it reflects the resilient nature of women and their ability to overcome even the seemingly most dire of circumstances. Given time, people generally make the most of reality and move on. It’s a part of human nature.

One interesting consideration is that the physical and emotional psychological consequences that follow women who do have an abortion versus those who get denied of an abortion are actually quite similar. They include:

  • Regret
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Sense of loneliness or isolation
  • Loss of self confidence
  • Insomnia or nightmares
  • Relationship issues
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Abortion in itself is a sensitive topic that is only brought up in emotionally arduous, turbulent circumstances. Counseling through such times is highly recommended to anyone considering or scheduled for an abortion.

Finding reasonable support during such a vulnerable time is imperative to any woman’s mental stability and recovering when dealing with abortion issues.


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