A large percentage of women believe abortion is their only choice when in crisis pregnancy. Others are coerced. After abortion, 65 percent of women experience post traumatic stress disorder and are six times more likely to commit suicide than women who gave birth. Here is an informal poll we took on Facebook asking women how their abortions left them feeling in the aftermath. Our vision for our work is to bring hope, healing and forgiveness to people who have suffered after choice, and to share our stories so others choose differently. Below are just some of the responses from our poll of the aftermath of abortion.
I felt a profound sense of loss, shame, depressed and empty inside....Numb like I was outside my body... I couldn't feel...Rejected, abandoned, worthless, broken, shattered dreams and esteem....She kept the biggest secret that any person could, and a year later when she told me... That's when I realized that the one thing that I would of loved to death, I had never got a chance to.....Helpless......Deceived....Broken. Empty. Insignificant. Worthless. Burdened. Dark. Hated.....Despised. Wicked. Evil. Indifferent. Aloof. Helpless. Hopeless.....Childless. Barren. Unlovable. Unforgivable....Depressed - suicidal – until Jesus....Hatred at myself and my boyfriend and mother and Planned Parenthood for coercing me. Suicidal, depression, did whatever drugs I could get and that's when I started drinking to numb out the feelings. Evil and cold. Hopeless and helpless....Empty, half alive, ashamed....Cried, sad, lost, not sure of anything. It took me over 30 years of mental, emotional pain before I was able to face what I had done. I was mad at myself for letting my mother make all the decisions and appointments....Empty but not understanding why because I bought into the lie that there was no baby, just tissue and cells......At first I felt numb and empty; then I buried it deep inside. 20 years later I shattered. God put me back together little by little....
Straight from the mouth of an abortionist:
"Sorrow, quite apart from the sense of shame, is exhibited in some way by virtually every woman for whom I performed an abortion, and that’s 20,000 as of 1995. The sorrow is revealed by the fact that most women cry at some point during the experience… The grieving process may last from several days to several years… Grief is sometimes delayed… The grief may lie sublimated and dormant for years."
Other Feelings You May Experience After Abortion
Flashbacks or nightmares
Compulsive thoughts and feelings that started after the abortion
Suicidal thoughts or feelings
Depression or anxiety
Lack of attachment to your children
Compulsive or addictive behaviors that started after abortion