Why Abortion Should Be Illegal
Many people around the world view abortion as a normal life event for many women. However, people are unaware of the psychological effect this leaves on the women. More is lost than just a baby. Mind, body, and loved ones can also be involved in effects from an abortion. The father and society as a whole are two other large things to consider into the situation of abortion. More than likely abortion has occurred or been related to every person in some way considering that “One baby is aborted every 26 seconds in the United States.” (Minnesota Citizens)
Christopher Jacoby tells us in his article, “Side Effects of Abortion,” that “The thought of abortion for some women can be a source for emotional and mental disorder. Many women see that they have the choice to decide.” (Jacoby) However, there are other people involved. Abortion not only affects the women that have them. The psychological effects of an abortion affect the mother, father and society and therefore abortion should be illegal. The first person that comes to mind when thinking about an abortion is the mother. She is the person who will have to suffer the physical pain of birthing a child. The woman is mentally affected in different ways. James C. Coyne author of “Negative Mental Health Effects of Abortion” tells us, women who have had a history of abortion have increased rates of anxiety, depression, alcohol misuse, marijuana use, and suicidal behavior compared to those who have not had an abortion. Women who have aborted are at a 55% higher risk of mental health problems compared to a woman with an unplanned pregnancy that gave birth. (Coyne) In a the study by researcher sociologist Katrina Kimport, research analyst Kira Foster, and Professor Tracy Weitz, 21 women who have had abortions were interviewed. This study explored the experiences of women who had negative emotional outcomes following abortion. Several of the participants had experienced more than one abortion. Eighteen of the women reported having experienced emotional difficulty which included crying, anxiety, sadness and regret. The abortion experience was especially difficult when the woman’s romantic or sexual partner expressed a specific wish or pressure for the outcome of the pregnancy. How the family members respond to the pregnancy also affects the woman’s decision for an abortion. Some participants in this study say, they felt ‘backed into a corner’ to have the abortion even though they wanted to continue the pregnancy. The shame of an abortion as well as lack of emotional support contributes to the women’s emotional and psychological distress post-abortion. (Kimport) This is a story that authors Ruth Kelly and Eimear O’Hagan tells of how abortion can mentally affect someone’s life. A woman named Sarah Giles tells how she had an abortion. She said, ‘I was only six weeks pregnant when I had my abortion, and even then I had bonded with my baby.’ She is proof that there are early connections to a living being. She also tells us, ‘It was two years ago and I haven't been the same since.’ She continues to describe the day she went for her abortion. There were about 20 other woman going in that day and ‘they were all herded in like cattle. It was horrible.’ After her abortion she saw many women around her sobbing, and the staff sitting in the office just ignoring them all. Sarah tells how two years after the abortion she still feels regret and that she and her boyfriend made the wrong choice and the abortion nearly split them up. She also says how she sees pregnant women or mothers with young children who are so happy and thinks to herself, ‘that could’ve been me,’ and it makes her cry. (O’Hagan) This story provides strong evidence of how mentally effected this woman was from her abortion. Women usually experience emotional side effects of an abortion. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for...
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