Abortion, like most medical procedures, carries risks. Although some women may experience no physical or psychological effects from abortion, it is extremely important for you to know what the potential effects on your health might be.8 The following is a sample of some published data:

  • 65% Experienced Multiple Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In this study comparing American and Russian women who had experienced abortion, 65% of American women studied experienced multiple symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which they attributed to their abortion. Slightly over 14% reported all the symptoms necessary for a clinical diagnosis of abortion induced PTSD and 84% said they did not receive adequate counselling.9

Medical Science Monitor, 2004

  • Higher Rates of Depression, Substance Abuse, Suicidal Behavior After Abortion

In a New Zealand study, women who had abortions subsequently experienced higher rates of substance abuse, anxiety disorders, and suicidal behaviour than women who had not had abortions, even after controlling for pre-existing conditions. Approximately 42% of women with a history of abortion had experienced major depression in the last four years which is nearly double the rate of women who had not been pregnant and 35% higher than those who carried to term.10

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2006

  • Significantly Higher Risk of Clinical Depression

Compared to women who carry their first unintended pregnancy to term, women who abort their first pregnancy are at significantly higher risk of clinical depression as measured an average of eight years11 after their first pregnancy.

British Medical Journal, 2002

  • 30% Higher Risk of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Researchers compared women who had no prior history of anxiety and who had experienced a first, unintended pregnancy. Women who aborted were 30% more likely to subsequently report all the symptoms associated with a diagnosis for generalized anxiety disorder, compared to women who carried to term.12

Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 2005


8. Used with permission from the Elliot Institute: www.afterabortion.org.
9. VM Rue et. al., “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical Science Monitor 10(10): SR5-16, 2004.
10. Coleman PK et. al., “Induced abortion and anxiety, mood, and substance abuse disorders,” Op Cit.
11. DM Fergusson et. al., “Abortion and mental health disorders: evidence from a 30-year longitudinal study,” The British Journal of Psychiatry, 193: 444-451, 2008.
12. DC Reardon, JR Cougle, “Depression and Unintended Pregnancy in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth: A Cohort Study,” British Medical Journal 324:151-2, 2002.