Pro-abortionists claim that abortion is a woman’s right and that it is good for women. But is this true? In what way is abortion even remotely good for women?
If abortion is so good for women, why is it that so many women quail under an oppressive load of guilt and shame following their abortion? Why does abortion so often result in chronic depression, self-loathing, and self-harm?
Post-abortive women who are seeking emotional healing from a past abortion testify that their abortion drove them into depression and self-destructive behaviors including: alcohol abuse, drug addiction, cutting, sexual promiscuity, and suicidal thoughts and attempts.
How is abortion good for women?
Dr. David Reardon is one of the nation’s leading researchers on the effects of abortion. His research indicates that half of all post-abortive women experience some short- or long-term physical complications, “and almost all suffer from emotional or psychological aftershocks.” 1
The trauma that many post-abortive women experience when they recognize and accept that they have willingly participated in the murder of their baby is akin to PTSD and is called PASS (Post-Abortive Stress Syndrome).2
Studies also show that post-abortive women have a higher occurrence of miscarriage following an abortion. And the unwanted loss of a child bears with it its own emotional trauma.
Finally, “Fifty-eight out of 74 worldwide studies dating back to 1957 have shown that abortion increases a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. Nineteen of the 23 studies from the United States show that abortion is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.” 3
Granted, an unplanned pregnancy can pose monumental challenges for a teen or unmarried woman. But these challenges have been overcome by many courageous women who have stepped up to their responsibility. And there are many individuals, families, and organizations who will stand with those women and help them through these challenges.
But to live with the knowledge that one has willingly participated in the death of their child is a challenge of another magnitude that women do not easily overcome.
No, abortion is not good for women.
1 David Reardon, Aborted Women, Silent No More (Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1997), p. xi.
2Susanne Babble, PhD, MFT, “Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS) – Does it Exist?” Psychology Today, October 25, 2010.
3 “Epidemiologic Studies: Induced Abortion and Breast Cancer Risk,” Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, 2014, https://www.aaplog.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/BCPI-FactSheet-Epidemiol-studies_2014-2.pdf.