Many women report no issues. Yet, we have met so many women who have linked their abortions to subsequent mental health problems, breakdowns and self-destructive behaviours. (Often not until years later).
However, we are not qualified or able to say that you personally would necessarily recognise any significant mental health problems.
We encourage you to:
i. Reflect generally – would abortion change me? How would I feel?
ii. Ask a friend or relative – how abortion impacted them?
iii. Consider studies linking abortion to changes in mental health – were you aware of them?
Published by The British Journal of Psychiatry, one major review* of 22 studies reporting on more than 800,000 women, concludes that the results revealed:
' ...quite consistently that abortion is associated with moderate to highly increased risks of psychological problems subsequent to the procedure.'
'Overall, the results revealed that women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10% of the incidence of mental health problems was shown to be directly attributable to abortion.'
Such studies are fiercely debated. (For example, other factors – lack of support, existing mental health and other life issues.) Yet clearly they highlight real concerns.
Her Truth shares the untold stories of women (and occasionally men) in their own words.
If you are suffering distress after abortion, find friendship with others recovering, and peace and hope in Jesus: Post Abortion Support for Everyone – PASE
* Professor Coleman et al, Abortion and mental health: quantitative synthesis and analysis of research published 1995-2009.The British Journal of Psychiatry, Cambridge Core (Emphases added.)