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Complications of Abortion Are More Than Physical

Real Alternatives

Based in Pennsylvania, Real Alternatives has assisted hundreds of thousands of women dealing with what for many is one of the most difficult circumstances imaginable: an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. Real Alternatives works to provide information, referrals, and free, responsive counseling that aims to empower women to make the best choice for themselves and their unborn children.

As difficult as it may be for many people to contemplate the physical damage caused by abortion, the psychological consequences can be just as serious, or worse. The aftermath of an abortion often encompasses depression and anxiety around personal and sexual relationships. The stories of women who have undergone an abortion offer a harrowing picture of the life-changing psychological effects.
One woman, who was in her 50s at the time her story was publicized in the media, recounted her abortion at the age of 19. She experienced lingering regret for decades. The woman stated that she had been in an abusive relationship at the time of her pregnancy and wished there had been a safe alternative. Had there been, she would have kept her baby.
Academic research also supports the conclusion that abortion may have psychological consequences. One 30-year study of more than 500 women, published in the December 2008 issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, showed a 30 percent higher rate of mental disorders among those who had undergone an abortion.

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