Emotional Aspects of Abortion
Abortion occurs when a
pregnancy is ended before birth takes place. When a woman decides to end
her pregnancy for personal or health-related reasons, she may choose an elective medical abortion or an elective surgical abortion.
What is the information for this topic?
Research findings suggest that a woman who choose to have an abortion usually has at least
3 reasons for the decision. The following are common reasons:
She is not ready for the changes that motherhood would bring. These include
changes affecting a job, further education, or the achievement of
She cannot afford to care for a child.
She does not want to be a single parent.
She does not feel prepared or mature enough for the responsibility of
She does not want anyone to know that she has been sexually active or that she
She does not want more children.
Her partner or parent wants her to have an abortion.
She or the embryo or fetus has a health problem.
Her pregnancy is the result of incest or
Studies indicate that most women experience a mixture of feelings after an
abortion. Most women feel relief. They may also feel sadness, guilt, regret, or
anger for a short time after the abortion. Abrupt changes in hormone levels
caused by abortion might affect a woman's sense of well-being. There can be
concerns related to the social burdens of having had an abortion.
Sometimes more serious emotional reactions occur after an abortion, including a
type of depression that is similar
postpartum depression. These
emotional problems are rare and occur far less commonly than severe emotional
problems after childbirth.
Severe emotional reactions following an abortion tend to affect women who
wanted the pregnancy but were at risk in terms of their health if they
continued to full-term delivery. Problems in a relationship or traumatic life
events can lead to the decision to have an abortion. These can cause more
complex emotional reactions.