Do Abortions Damage Women’s Mental Health?


ANTONIO BAKES, A RESEARCHER
FROM UC SAN FRANCISCO WANTED TO LOOK INTO THE ISSUE OF
ABORTIONS AND WHETHER OR NOT IT HAS A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON
PEOPLE’S MENTAL HEALTH. SO IF YOU ARE A WOMAN WHO GETS
AN ABORTION, IS THE REPUBLICAN OR CONSERVATIVE NARRATIVE SURE
THAT YOU ARE LIKELY TO HAVE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES? WHILE
THERE IS A GROWING BODY OF EVIDENCE INDICATING THAT NO, IT
DOES NOT NEGATIVELY IMPACT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH, HOWEVER THROUGH
HER RESEARCH SHE FOUND THAT THOSE WHO ARE DENIED ABORTIONS
ARE ACTUALLY MORE LIKELY TO HAVE MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS. LET ME GIVE YOU THE DETAILS. WHAT THE RESEARCHER SAYS IS
WHAT WE FOUND THAT THE NINE WOMEN ABORTIONS HAS NEGATIVE
CONSEQUENCES TO THEIR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING,
AND WE FIND NO EVIDENCE OF EMERGING MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
AFTER AN ABORTION. THE RESEARCHERS RECRUITED AND
INTERVIEWED 956 WOMEN FROM 30 DIFFERENT ABORTION CLINICS IN
21 US STATES. THEY WERE FIRST INTERVIEWED A
WEEK AFTER SEEKING OUT AN ABORTION, AND THEN SEMIANNUALLY
FOR FIVE YEARS. SO THIS WAS A LONG-TERM STUDY. THE RESEARCHERS PRIMARILY
FOCUSED ON COMPARING TWO DIFFERENT GROUPS: WOMEN WHO HAD
AN ABORTION JUST SHORT OF THE CLINICS JUST STATION AGE
LIMIT AND WOMEN WHO ARE DENIED AN ABORTION BECAUSE THEY
WERE JUST PAST THAT AGE LIMIT. WITHIN THE GROUP THAT WAS DENIED
AN ABORTION, THINGS WERE EVEN FURTHER BROKEN DOWN. THOSE WHO EVENTUALLY GAVE BIRTH
AND THOSE WHO DID NOT EITHER BECAUSE THEY MISCARRIED OR
OBTAINED AN ABORTION ELSEWHERE. SO HERE ARE THEIR FINDINGS. WOMEN WHO WERE DENIED AN
ABORTION REPORTED MORE ANXIETY, LOWER SELF-ESTEEM AND
LESSER LIFE SATISFACTION. THE ONLY MEASURE THAT WAS
SIMILAR IN BOTH GROUPS WAS DEPRESSION. AND THEY SAID THAT THEY
CONTROLLED FOR OTHER LIFE FACTORS THAT COULD’VE LED TO
DEPRESSION. RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT
PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING IMPROVED OVER TIME SO THAT BOTH
GROUPS OF WOMEN EVENTUALLY CONVERGED. IN OTHER WORDS, FIVE YEARS
LATER, THESE GROUPS WERE DOING JUST ABOUT THE SAME IN
TERMS OF THEIR MENTAL HEALTH. IN FACT, IF YOU LOOK AT THEIR
STUDY, YOU SEE THAT AT ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO BEGIN OR IS
WHEN THE ANXIETY IN THE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES THAT THE
WOMEN DEALT WITH BECAUSE OF THE ABORTION DENIAL START TO GET
A LITTLE BETTER. NUMBER ONE, OF COURSE WHAT
THIS PROVES IS THAT THE AND THE RIGHT-WING WHO CAME
UP WITH THIS THEORY IN THE FIRST PLACE ARE WRONG, BUT IT WAS LIKE
A SCIENTIFIC THEORY WHICH YOU CAN TEST AND THEN THERE IS THEORY WHICH IS I DON’T KNOW,
I THINK THAT THEY GET, YOU KNOW, HAVE ALL THESE PROBLEMS
WITH ANXIETY AND STUFF THAT I MADE UP. DID YOU DO ANY STUDIES ON IT? IS
THERE ANY EVIDENCE QUESTION MIKE OF COURSE THEY DIDN’T. DIDN’T CARE ABOUT THE EVIDENCE,
THEY CARE ABOUT PUSHING A FALSE NARRATIVE TO SUPPORT THE FACT
THAT THEY WANT TO PUNISH WOMEN. FOR INSTANCE, ONE OF THE THINGS
THEY ARE IN FAVOR OF IS IN VERY CONSERVATIVE STATES, RED STATES,
THEY WILL PASS LAWS THAT FORCE ABORTION PROVIDERS TO COUNSEL
THE WOMEN ON WHY IT’S A BAD IDEA TO GET AN ABORTION BEFORE THEY
FINALLY GET ONE AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO
SAY IS THAT ABORTION GIVES YOU BREAST CANCER, WHICH IS NOT
TRUE. THEY JUST DON’T CARE. LOOK, YOU CAN BE PRO-LIFE, BUT I
WOULD ARGUE THAT YOU ARE JUST AND DELIBERATE LIBERTY, AND SAY
BECAUSE I THINK THAT CONCEPTION IS WHEN LIFE BEGINS, THERE
DIFFERENT POINTS THAT YOU CAN PICK FOR WHEN LIFE BEGINS, I
PICK THAT ONE. YOU PICK VIABILITY THAT WE HAVE
AN HONEST DISAGREEMENT. BUT IF YOU TELL ME, WELL THIS
GUY GOD TELLS ME IT’S A CONCEPTION, FIRST OF ALL YOU ARE
WRONG YOU SHOULD READ YOUR BIBLE, IT TELLS YOU THAT YOU
SHOULD MAKE YOUR WIFE MISCARRY IF SHE CHEATED ON YOU
BY GIVING HER TOXINS. READ YOUR BIBLE. 2ND OF ALL, IF YOU LIE TO ME AND
SAY IT’S GOING TO CAUSE BREAST CANCER AND ALL THESE OTHER
AILMENTS THAT WE JUST SHOWED YOU IT DOESN’T CAUSE THEN I KNOW YOU
ARE WRONG AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE GENERAL AUDIENCE KNOWS
WELL, IF ONE SIDE HAS TO LIE GIVES YOU A SENSE OF WHICH WAY
TO GO. AND CONSISTENTLY, THE RIGHT WING
DOES NOT CARE ABOUT FACTS. THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT SCIENCE. THEY ATTACK EVERYTHING THAT
BRINGS YOU ACTUAL INFORMATION SO THAT THEY CAN REPLACE IT WITH
THEIR PROPAGANDA. BUT LOOK, THE ONE POSITIVE,
REALLY POSITIVE PART OF THIS OTHER THAN DOING SCIENCE
AND FINDING OUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED, AND THEY ARE SCIENCES,
IF THEY ACTUALLY FOUND THAT IT CAUSED THOSE ELEMENTS, THEY
WOULD’VE TOLD YOU. THEY HAD 956 WOMEN IN THE STORY,
IN THE STUDY. THEY STUDIED THEM. THEY DIDN’T MAKE UP CONCLUSIONS. THEY’RE NOT RIGHT-WINGERS, THEIR
STUDY SCIENTIST. AND THEY FOLLOWED THEM FOR
FIVE YEARS AND THAT IS WHAT LEADS ME TO MY OVERALL POSITIVE
THINGS IT TURNS OUT EVEN THE ONES WHO WERE FORCED TO
HAVE BABIES THAT THEY DIDN’T WANT WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH NORTH
KOREAN. THINK ABOUT IT FOR ONE SECOND
THAT YOU WILL HAVE THE BABY I WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO DO WITH
YOUR BODY AND IT WILL BE A VEHICLE FOR THE STATE. BUT I WANT TO MAKE MY OWN
DECISION ABOUT MY BODY AND WHAT LIFE I BRING INTO THE
WORLD OR DON’T BRING INTO THE WORLD WHEN IT’S AN EMBRYO. NO, THE STATE WILL MAKE THE
DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT YOU CARRY AND WHAT YOU MUST THEN TAKE CARE
FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. IF NORTH KOREA DID IT WE WOULD
BE LIKE OH MY GOD, LOOK AT THE TYRANTS IN NORTH KOREA. ANYWAY, AT LEAST, IT TURNS OUT
THAT EVERYBODY’S MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERS AFTER FIVE YEARS EVEN
IF THEY HAD TO GO THROUGH THIS TO RADICAL GOVERNMENT ACTION TO
MAKE THEM HAVE THESE BABIES. LOOK, I’M GLAD THAT THEY DID
A STUDY AND SAID THIS AND CAME UP WITH SCIENTIFIC RESULTS BASED
ON EVIDENCE, BUT I FEEL LIKE THE RESULTS COULD HAVE BEEN FIGURED
OUT THROUGH COMMON SENSE BECAUSE THINK ABOUT IT, IF YOU
ARE FORCED TO DO SOMETHING THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO DO AND BY
THE WAY, HAVING A CHILD IS LITERALLY THE NUMBER ONE
LIFE-CHANGING THING THAT HAPPENS TO YOU, THEN YEAH, YOU ARE GOING
TO DEAL WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL OR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES WHETHER
IT BE ANXIETY OR FEAR WHATEVER. I DON’T KNOW WHY ANYONE WOULD
THINK OTHERWISE. THE VAST MAJORITY OF WOMEN WHO
HAVE ABORTIONS USUALLY REPORT FEELING RELIEVED AFTERWORDS SO
ANYWAY, I’M GLAD THAT THEY DID THIS TIME GLAD THAT WE HAVE
THESE RESULTS AND DON’T LET RIGHT-WINGERS LIE TO YOU ABOUT
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER AN ABORTION. MOST WOMEN DO NOT GO THROUGH
PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES. BUT ANNA, YOU SAID COMMON
SENSE. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME A
RIGHT-WINGER HAD COMMON SENSE? EVEN IF YOU SHOW THEM ALL THE
FACTS THEY STILL DON’T BELIEVE YOU.

40 Replies to “Do Abortions Damage Women’s Mental Health?”

  1. Come on Anna don't speak for everyone. I know 3 ladies that made the choice to abort and it effected them mentally. They knew they made the right choice for them in the moment but it was by no means an easy choice without consequence

  2. My friend was raped when she was a teenager and her mum made her get an abortion, as far as I know she had a lot of issues after that.

  3. What's very interesting is that people think that it's very wrong to kill Down syndrome children who are under developed and/ or have lesser underling, but they think it's okay to kill a baby that is not yet born. Any when ever people say that it's the woman's right to get an abortion they have a very poor understanding of rights, Because they are taking away the rights of the father of the baby and their taking away the baby's right to live.

    Why should my mother get to decide whether or not I have the right to live? Ps. I am a woman.

  4. I knew a women who was upset at her abortion, she went and had sex again. However some abortions make it so women can't get pregnant in the future, because they damage the body. Why does no one talk about these accidents.

  5. The point is when does a baby become sentient?
    Is it before they're born from a human body or after?

    Many people realise that a baby is alive before it is born, and sentient. Drawing the line as to when is hard to work out. Some just say straight away as soon as it forms the shape of a human, others say when there is a heartbeat, others say when the pineal gland is developed in the fetus, others don't give a shit they just don't want to take responsibility and want it gone as soon as possible, some people think a women's life is more important than a child that doesn't exist if it could kill her to have a child, others think the baby deserves life and give Cesarean Sections. Others don't want the child of a rapist to be born. Others say if it can't survive outside the body on it's own it has no ability to live and so isn't really alive. So it's not as straight forward as it seems.

    I think once there is a heart beat and the fetus has formed the shape of an human, that at this point the fetus is probably sentient. And if removing it would kill the fetus, that is very similar to murder. So to me abortion after this point is wrong. I think it's around the 8 week stage that a fetus gets a heart beat.

  6. Can someone tell me when a fetus becomes sentient based on say brain neural activity? As obviously a fetus can feel pain before it is born, but at what point?

  7. Of course abortion can severally damage a woman's mental health. Abortion is murder, which is mortal sin. Any sin can greatly affects us physically, mentally, and of course, spiritually.

  8. I think it can cause depression for how long not sure but I think it can cause depression I've actually been told that my mental health professionals out of just talking with people who work in that field

  9. If anti-abortionists concocted this study in order to boost the validity of their ideology, they failed miserably. What about the cases of women who suffer mental health complications AFTER GIVING BIRTH, such as postpartum depression? If left untreated, postpartum depression can be very serious, as women can begin to develop anger, mood swings, depression, anxiety, panic attacks etc. Look at the case of Andrea Yates, who suffered from postpartum psychosis, which is a much more serious form of postpartum depression in which mothers can become delusional, suffer from hallucinations, become suicidal, homicidal, or both. Yates ended up murdering all of her children.

  10. Rubbish any woman from a Catholic background would have to suffer mental torment.Some foolish women do abort under pressure from boyfriends etc outside the Church,just one example I know of.

  11. I wonder who's watched an abortion video? You do realize many are born alive and/or dismembered, right?? There are so many videos of women talking about their story and how much they regret it. To say it's "positive" for women is a joke. Quack theory? So it's unreasonable to think a woman could kill her child and have mental issues afterward?

  12. Of course it does. Killing a baby could destroy you. Its called remorse. Killing a baby makes women feel better? So they have no conscience. Democrats care about science? Lmao. So their morality is driven by stats? Are they robots?

  13. How is realizing anxiety after abortion quack science? Lol. Oh man anxiety after killing your child has to be insane. Theres no way that could happen

  14. Of course it does, why wouldn’t it?. Science has confirmed that abortion is nothing less than taking a life/executing a life. Conservatives have been way too weak when it comes to the fight against abortion.

  15. @All – Abortions do cause mental health issues, similar a way murder/serial killings cause mental health issues. The more you do it, the more colder and easier it becomes, which may make her more acceptable to actually committing suicide and or murder. On the same note, does rape cause mental health issues? Yes, it totally would, the same principle, the more it's done, the easier it becomes, so in this case, women/slaves have shown to shut down, and become emotional detached/suicidal. Anyone who thinks other words has lost their humanity and would never understand or could ever be a professional expert.

  16. YOU GUYS COULDN'T BE MORE WRONG!! ABSOLUTELY WRONG!! When we were younger, my wife and I were fighting a lot during our first few years of marriage. She was pregnant, and while I was out to sea in the navy, she aborted the baby because she was angry with me. Now, nearly 20 years later, she has been feeling extremely depressed to the point of attempting suicide (3x she has been hospitalized in a coma for it). We had 3 other kids, all of which have disappointed her in many ways, getting into trouble with the law, drugs, bad friends, etc. The child that she aborted has haunted her. What would she have turned out like? Would she have been different? My wife weeps, numerous times throughout the week, full of regret for killing that baby. There has been no Christian bullying. I am a Christian. I have never thrown it in her face. We don't go to a church, and the Christian friends we have don't know about that decision.

    You guys are terribly, terribly wrong.

  17. Having an abortion has broken me! Yes it does effect mental health although everyone is different. 💔 My heart is broken and I’ve been depressed ever since thinking about that terrible choice I made. I will never be the same person again I know that 100%.

  18. While it is completely cold and disgusting that right wing media lies to women with false concerns about harm to their mental or physical health after abortion , I am so tired for the response to overwhelmingly silence the fact and possibility that women who are pro choice and who get abortions may still suffer a lot of mental and physical consequences… where is the healing and concern for them? Is there none of their experience doesn’t fit this political narrative ?

  19. I came here to get info for my project and I regret it I see why crowded rails the young Turks all the time. And also the lack of info was a real waist of time

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