Abortion may seem like an immediate solution to an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, but as stated earlier there can be lasting effects and not just immediate physical effects. There can be mental risks involved with any type of abortion.
Research in this area is limited and more needs to be done. Focus on The Family is a reliable online source that presents up to date resources on this topic. Being informed on abortion risks includes considering all issues that could arise.
In her article entitled “Abortion Complications”, the author cited reliable research that abortion does increase the risk for future mental health problems. These problems included:
- Mood disorders
- Substance abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
The dictionary defines psychological as meaning relating to the mind which is different from emotional which relates to feelings.Each problem listed above can have serious, long term consequences post-abortion for the client. This in turn can affect others close to them.
The article included research from multiple expert sources in each area covering a span of twenty years or more. The facts and evidence presented indicate how important the issue of future psychological issues should be considered and discussed before an abortion. Some of the resources cited in the article also indicated that these issues could occur in both men and women as a result of an abortion.
Health care professionals should help clients to be aware of current studies, resources, or published scientific research being done on this topic.
The Southern Tier Pregnancy Resource Center has a variety of resources available as well as qualified peer-counselors to help you become better informed. Our services are kept confidential. The internet is full of resources that may or may not be helpful. Some studies may not have been done in a reliable scientific manner. We are here to help you and to give you the support you may need. Contact us today for an appointment.
Earll, Carrie Gordon. “Abortion Complications.” Focus on the Family, 2011, 2013.
"Psychological." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2016.
"Emotional." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2016.