Abortion: the cause and effect
The Aftermath of an Abortion
To have abortion or not is a very difficult choice to make. The final choice comes from religious and ethical beliefs. However, to have an abortion means to participate in a horrendous crime against humanity, God, and oneself. Abortion can also have deleterious effects on the mother’s health and well being. Many of the couples, mainly the mothers, that have an abortion tend to go into a state of depression known as Post-abortion syndrome. Negative effects on the mother’s body can also stem from using abortion methods, such as the use of RU 486, a controversial abortion pill; increased risk of breast cancer is another effect of abortions. Other side effects of abortion, from emotional scars to a detachment from God and religion can also result. The choice to have an abortion is not only immoral and murder, but it can lead to negative effects on the mothers psychological, physical, and spiritual well being.
The health of the mother, should be the main concern governing an abortion. Many of the pregnant women that have an abortion, tend to regret their decision later on; this regret and state of desolation, as well as depression is known as Post-abortion Syndrome. The Post-Abortion Syndrome, is better classified as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Speckhard, Rue). The symptoms of this syndrome can be characterized as depression, substance abuse, sleep disorders and suicidal thoughts (Speckhard, Rue). Many of the symptoms usually arise after the abortion has been performed. Many of these symptoms, such as suicide can be a threat to the mother’s health (Roleff 165-69). If the mother decides to commit suicide then that would defeat the whole idea of having an abortion in order to save the mother’s life. Many of the pregnant women that have an abortion justify the action upon unwanted conditions, such rape or congenital defects.
In cases pertaining to rape, the pregnant women justify having an abortion as a means to erase the tragic event from consciousness. However, by having an abortion, she is giving up the most important tool to help her in the recovery process (Roleff 130-132) . The unborn child can evoke a sense of loneliness in the mother after the abortion, as well as other conditions of the Post-abortion Syndrome. One symptom, may be exaggerated response to memories of the abortion experience, meaning she will be more careful about her social activities and will probably live a life of desolation and fear (Speckhard, Rue). This symptom is also prevalent in other abortion cases, such as abortion due to congenital defects. Congenital defects are primarily diseases, such as Downs syndrome, that can be detected early in the pregnancy, through an amniocentesis test (Roleff 123-127). These abortions are carried out to ensure that the unborn child does not live a life of suffering, due to his retarded condition. However, the parents of the child fail to conceive the effects, the suffering, that they will experience by not having that child. The parents will experience various Post-abortion Syndrome symptoms ranging from difficulty concentrating to physiological reactions to events that symbolize an aspect of abortion (Speckhard, Rue). The physiological reactions might be depression, or states of regret when they observe another’s baby or see a pregnant woman (Speckhard, Rue). The parents of the unborn child, will also forgo the happiness that they could have had by having that child.
Teenage pregnancies, in which the teenager decides to have an abortion, will also lead to Post-abortion Syndrome symptoms as that of the abortions due to rape or congenital defects. The main objective of the teenage abortion is to remove a burden, the unborn child, from the teenagers life that will keep her from achieving her goals, such as going to college (Nelson 28-29). In 1989 teenagers had the highest abortion ratio at 886 abortions per 1,000 live births ( Fig.1). Abortions due to teenage pregnancies may also lead to Post-abortion syndrome; the main symptoms include self-devaluation, and inability to forgive the decision to have an abortion (Speckhard, Rue). The self-devaluation can stem from teenagers feeling incompetent, and can lead to periods of depression (Speckhard, Rue). Teenagers are also more susceptible to periods of depression due to their immaturity,