Following an abortion, some women report feeling immediate relief. Others never experience any physical or psychological effects following an abortion. But many women do report having emotional complications arise in the weeks, months or even years following the procedure.1 If you choose to proceed with this legal medical option, we believe you have the right to know all of the facts regarding the potential physical or psychological effects of abortion.2
These emotional complications can last for a very long time and some women don’t recognize them until years later. Web-sites and counselling centres exist to help these women deal with the emotional after-effects of abortion:
1. Coleman PK et al., Induced abortion and anxiety, mood, and substance abuse disorders: Isolating, Journal of Psychiatric Research (2008), doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2008.10.009.
2. Signal Hill. Signal Hill Pregnancy Resource Guide. http://www.thesignalhill.com/images/stories/docs/Signal-Hill-Pregnancy-Resource-Guide.pdf (Accessed April 30th, 2012).