Youth Resources

Physical and Mental Damage Caused By Abortion

From Family Resources Center News, August 1989.

The effects of abortion.

In practically every case documented by Women Exploited by Abortion, the woman was never really given all the facts. Many times, abortion is explained as a clinically safe surgical procedure. But the so-called "safe" procedure can leave permanent physical impairments not the mention the potential for chronic psychological problems.

WEBA is the voice of experience. WEBA members know the facts because they have lived with them. Their goal is to educate all women about the effects of abortion with the hope they will seek an alternative.

"'The doctor said a little fluid out and some fluid injected, severe cramps then the fetus is expelled.' That isn't what it was. I felt my girl thrash around for an hour and a half until she died a slow death. I had hard labor for over 12 hours and delivered my daughter myself. She was beautiful...but dead at 5 1/2 months."

Following is listed the potential physical and psychological effects of abortion. WEBA wants all women to know.

Physical effects.

  • Sterility
  • Miscarriages
  • Ectopic pregnancies
  • Stillbirths
  • Menstrual disturbances
  • Bleeding
  • Infections
  • Shock
  • Coma
  • Perforated uterus
  • Peritonitis
  • Passing blood clots
  • Fever/cold sweats
  • Intense pain
  • Loss of other organs
  • Death
  • "My doctor didn't tell me about the possible profuse bleeding and infections that lasted for weeks. And he never said anything about the possibility of the hysterectomy I had to have eight months later."

    Psychological effects.

    • Guilt
    • Suicidal impulses
    • Sense of loss
    • Unfulfillment
    • Mourning
    • Regret and remorse
    • Withdrawal
    • Loss of confidence in decision-making capability
  • Lower self-esteem
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Hostility
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Anger/rage
  • Helplessness
  • Desire to remember death date
  • Preoccupation with "would be" due date or birth month
  • "No one ever told me I would live with this decision for the rest of my life. It's been several years but my grief still continues."

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