What are some of the other risks of abortion?

Abortion May Effect Risk Levels in Future Pregnancies

Scarring or other injury during an abortion may prevent or place at risk future wanted pregnancies. The risk of miscarriage is greater for women who abort their first pregnancy.

Abortion May Increase the Risk of Emotional Problems

Some women experience strong negative emotions after abortion. Sometimes this occurs within days and sometimes it happens after many years. This psychological response is known as Post-Abortion Stress (PAS). Several factors that increase the risk of Post-Abortion Stress include: the woman’s age, the abortion circumstances, the stage of pregnancy at which the abortion occurs, and the woman’s religious beliefs.

Post-Abortion Stress Symptoms
  • Guilt Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Anniversary Grief
  • Flashbacks of Abortion
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Relationship Problems
  • Eating Disorders
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Psychological Reactions

A final word

An unplanned pregnancy can be traumatic. The offer of a safe, quick, inexpensive way to become unpregnant is obviously attractive. But abortion is not a time machine. Like childbirth, it carries consequences that can last a lifetime.

Resist the pressure to make a quick decision. Take a few days to be sure you understand the consequences of abortion and that you are willing to accept them.

Whatever you decide, help is available at ESPOD Geelong Inc.

If you are considering abortion and would like to talk to someone confidentially please feel free to contact us or go to this page for more information: Contact Us Page