Men or women facing unplanned or unwanted pregnancy may also experience emotional issues before and after abortion. As we stated in earlier posts, there are risks involved in abortion and decisions should not be rushed. In addition to physical and psychological risks of abortion, emotions will be affected.
The dictionary defines emotion as a strong feeling (such as love, anger, joy, hate, or fear). All parties involved can be affected emotionally. The stress of the situation could cause emotions to play into decisions. We are here to help you make informed decisions.
Our reliable source Focus on the Family has information related to what is known as “post-abortion syndrome” (PAS) which deals with the risk of emotional trauma after abortion. In the article entitled “Healing After Abortion”, the author not only examines this syndrome and explains how and why these emotions happen, she goes on to explain the impact of these emotions. She explains that it is well documented that grief follows abortion because after the initial emotions of the unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, there is a bonding process between the mother and unborn child. An abortion breaks that bond and there is a need to grieve in order to heal. Most women do not get help for that grieving process which triggers a variety of emotions such as (and not limited to):
- Avoidance behaviors
- Self-destructive behaviors
- Anniversary reactions
If you are feeling emotional, you are not alone. The Southern Tier Pregnancy Resource Center has a variety of resources available as well as qualified peer-counselors to help you become better informed and give you the support you need. Our services are kept confidential. We are here to help you. Contact us today for an appointment.
"Emotion." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.
Reisser, Teri, MA, MFT. "Healing After Abortion." Heartlink/Focus on the Family, 2011.