Abortion Hurts Women
Society tells women that abortion is safe and therefore it should be legal. But that is a lie. There are countless studies that reveal the truth! Abortion hurts women, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
There are many in the medical community that claim there is no such thing as post-abortion syndrome (PAS), or trauma that occurs after the abortion procedure. But why do so many women feel guilt, shame and regret after their abortion? There are many studies that reveal that women do turn to drugs and alcohol to deaden the pain of their abortion. There are mounds of articles in medical journals that state a woman’s mental health is adversely affected by abortion, sometimes to the point of contemplating suicide.
Some of the symptoms of PAS:
These are just some of the serious difficulties that women struggle with after their abortion. Some of the symptoms don’t show up for weeks, months or even years. Some of the things that can prompt the above feelings are: a better understanding of the development of the unborn, coming to grips with how the abortion is performed and what happened to the unborn baby, not being able to conceive, complications in future pregnancies, experiencing a closer walk with God and a deeper understanding of what they did wrong.
Haunted by the loss
At first women might feel a strong sense of relief after their abortion. But, as time goes on those feelings begin to change. The reality of what they’ve done haunts them. They realize that this is a life that has ended. It is a serious loss and causes deep sadness. It’s normal to grieve when we’ve lost someone. We live in a society that tells women that they shouldn’t grieve the loss of their aborted baby. To think that a woman wouldn’t feel pain over the loss of a child is unnatural. How could a mother that is maternal and intricately made to protect her young not care that her child has been killed in the womb? That just doesn’t make sense.
A sidewalk counselor had a recent encounter with a woman at an abortion facility. The counselor began sharing details of the development of the unborn baby and the potential risks and complications from abortion. The woman said she didn’t want the baby because it wasn’t the right time. The counselor was saddened by her callous heart toward the unborn child. The counselor said, “How have we come to a place, as mothers, where we have no compassion on the child in the womb?” A tear fell from the pregnant woman’s eye. Maybe one day she will come to realize just what she has lost. We pray that she will find forgiveness and healing through Christ. There is no other way to find hope except through Him!
In another instance, a few volunteers saw a woman weeping as she was being dragged into the facility by her boyfriend. The woman stumbled and fell, but he continued to drag her into the clinic. It was so sad. The volunteers tried to encourage her to come over and talk to them, but she wouldn’t listen. How could she let him control her like that? How could she allow him to treat her in such a demeaning and abusive way? There was nothing they could do! They couldn’t change her mind. That poor woman will suffer deeply as a result of that abortion decision.
And then there have been many instances where the volunteers have seen women leave the abortion facility weeping uncontrollably. They shared of one woman who came out of the clinic and she couldn’t stop crying. They held up the Jesus Forgives and Heals sign, but she wouldn’t make eye contact. She just buried her face in her hands and continued to sob while her boyfriend drove off. It was heartbreaking!
Abortion causes emotional harm
An article on afterabortion.org reveals that abortion deeply affects the health and welfare of women in a detrimental way. “Women who have abortions are 81 percent more likely to experience subsequent mental health problems, according to a study published by Britain’s Royal College of Psychiatrists. The greatest increases were seen in relation to suicidal behaviors and substance abuse.”
In one instance, volunteers were standing on the sidewalk holding a Jesus Forgives and Heals sign when a woman pulled into the abortion parking lot. She came over to the volunteers, weeping. She’d been tormented by a late-term abortion that occurred 20 years ago. She was traumatized by what she had seen and heard in the abortion clinic. She said that the nightmares had led her to consider suicide and she’d actually contemplated it the night before. Wow!!The volunteers lovingly shared how Jesus loves her and has forgiven her. They encouraged her to receive Him into her life, which she did! She went to church with our volunteers that very night! Thank God the volunteers were there to offer hope and forgiveness in Christ! Abortion hurts women!
And then there are the physical complications to the woman’s health. There are numerous potential side effects that have been associated with induced abortion. Some of the minor complications include: minor infections, bleeding, fevers, chronic abdominal pain, gastro-intestinal disturbances, vomiting, and Rh sensitization. The nine most common major complications are infection, excessive bleeding, embolism, ripping or perforation of the uterus, anesthesia complications, convulsions, hemorrhage, cervical injury, and incomplete abortions.
The statistics reveal that many women have deeply suffered from the above complications and some have died from abortion.
Abortion can lead to sterility
There are complications that lead to long-term reproductive damage of a more serious nature. Afterabortion.org reported “For example, one possible outcome of abortion related infections is sterility. Researchers have reported that 3 to 5 percent of aborted women are left inadvertently sterile as a result of the operation’s latent morbidity.” With the millions of abortions that have taken place in our nation, how many women have been unable to conceive as a result.
There was a woman who came to the local Right to Life office because she was scheduled for an abortion. She was deeply conflicted about her decision, but said she had no other alternative. She was involved with a married man and they worked together. She didn’t want to leave her job, even though she actually didn’t want the abortion. She just felt trapped and felt like there was no other way out.
The woman called the office a week later informing the volunteer that she was in the hospital from a severe infection that occurred after the abortion. And then the doctors discovered that the abortion hadn’t been completed. There was still fetal tissue left in her uterus and she had to have a D&C. She was scared about what was happening to her and wished she had listened to the advice of the counselor prior to the abortion. She said the abortion wasn’t worth the pain and heartache she was going through. She doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to go on and have children!
What a traumatic story! This poor woman suffered greatly after her abortion. And there are countless others like her. She is not alone. But the sad thing is that most women don’t think it will happen to them or that the risks are minimal and worth taking! If it happens to you, there will be great regret. And that’s what has to be considered. If you are the one who has the complications, will you say the abortion was worth it?
A senseless tragedy
In 2006, as reported in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, a Florida police officer killed her boyfriend and then turned the gun on herself, after she became haunted by an abortion that she had just weeks earlier. Witnesses told authorities that they believe the abortion prompted Laura Grunas to engage in the shootings.
August 4, Grunas went to her boyfriend Peat’s house, to confront him about the abortion. Michael Roth, a police officer and friend of Peat’s told the AP that he witnessed the argument and was at Peat’s house when it happened. During the argument, Grunas said to Roth,”Did he tell you about killing my baby?” — referring to the abortion. Roth told authorities that the couple’s relationship grew worse following the abortion. What a tragic story. Three lives lost. The mother, the father and the unborn child.
Life is Precious
Life is precious and valuable. Every life deserves to be embraced for the amazing creation that it is. The above information is just the tip of the iceberg. Please check out after abortion.org to read documented research and studies on the physical and emotional risks to abortion.
Think of the testimonies in this article. These are true stories of heartache and regret. We don’t want you to be the one who suffers. There is hope for your situation! Please reach out to us if you are pregnant or have had an abortion! We care about you!