1 in 3 women will have an abortion by the age of 45

Abortion can emotionally affect each woman differently. 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.

The following is a list of potential emotional and psychological risks of having an abortion. The intensity or duration of these effects will vary from one person to another.

  • 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

Springfield, IL (October 31, 2018) – Both pro-choice and pro-life researchers agree that abortion contributes to mental health problems, at least for some women, according to a new comprehensive review of more than 200 medical studies on abortion and mental health.

The review of abortion and mental health (AMH) issues identifies twelve findings around which researchers on both sides of the debate agree. These include:

  1. Abortion contributes to mental health problems in some women.
  2. There is insufficient evidence to prove that abortion is the sole cause of the higher rates of mental illness associated with abortion.
  3. The majority of women do not have mental illness following abortion.
  4. A significant minority of women do have mental illness following abortion.
  5. There is substantial evidence that abortion contributes to the onset, intensity, and/or duration of mental illness.
  6. There is a dose effect, wherein exposure to multiple abortions is associated with higher rates of mental health problems.
  7. There is no evidence that abortion can resolve or improve mental health.
  8. Risk factors exist that identify women at higher risk.
  9. A history of abortion can be used to identify women at higher risk of mental health issues who may benefit from referrals for additional counseling.
  10. No single study design can adequately address and control for and address all the complex issues that may be related to the AMH issues.