Abortion: the cause and effect Essay

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Abortion: the cause and effect


The Aftermath of an Abortion
To have abortion or not is a very difficult choice to make. The final choice comes from
religious and ethical beliefs. However, to have an abortion means to participate in a
horrendous crime against humanity, God, and oneself. Abortion can also have deleterious
effects on the motherís health and well being. Many of the couples, mainly the mothers,
that have an abortion tend to go into a state of depression known as Post-abortion
syndrome. Negative effects on the motherís body can also stem from using abortion methods,
such as the use of RU 486, a controversial abortion pill; increased risk of breast cancer
is another effect of abortions. Other side effects of abortion, from emotional scars to a
detachment from God and religion can also result. The choice to have an abortion is not
only immoral and murder, but it can lead to negative effects on the mothers psychological,
physical, and spiritual well being.


The health of the mother, should be the main concern governing an abortion. Many of the
pregnant women that have an abortion, tend to regret their decision later on; this regret
and state of desolation, as well as depression is known as Post-abortion Syndrome. The
Post-Abortion Syndrome, is better classified as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Speckhard,
Rue). The symptoms of this syndrome can be characterized as depression, substance abuse,
sleep disorders and suicidal thoughts (Speckhard, Rue). Many of the symptoms usually arise
after the abortion has been performed. Many of these symptoms, such as suicide can be a
threat to the motherís health (Roleff 165-69). If the mother decides to commit suicide
then that would defeat the whole idea of having an abortion in order to save the motherís
life. Many of the pregnant women that have an abortion justify the action upon unwanted
conditions, such rape or congenital defects.


In cases pertaining to rape, the pregnant women justify having an abortion as a means to
erase the tragic event from consciousness. However, by having an abortion, she is giving
up the most important tool to help her in the recovery process (Roleff 130-132) . The
unborn child can evoke a sense of loneliness in the mother after the abortion, as well as
other conditions of the Post-abortion Syndrome. One symptom, may be exaggerated response
to memories of the abortion experience, meaning she will be more careful about her social
activities and will probably live a life of desolation and fear (Speckhard, Rue). This
symptom is also prevalent in other abortion cases, such as abortion due to congenital
defects. Congenital defects are primarily diseases, such as Downs syndrome, that can be
detected early in the pregnancy, through an amniocentesis test (Roleff 123-127). These
abortions are carried out to ensure that the unborn child does not live a life of
suffering, due to his retarded condition. However, the parents of the child fail to
conceive the effects, the suffering, that they will experience by not having that child.
The parents will experience various Post-abortion Syndrome symptoms ranging from
difficulty concentrating to physiological reactions to events that symbolize an aspect of
abortion (Speckhard, Rue). The physiological reactions might be depression, or states of
regret when they observe anotherís baby or see a pregnant woman (Speckhard, Rue). The
parents of the unborn child, will also forgo the happiness that they could have had by
having that child.


Teenage pregnancies, in which the teenager decides to have an abortion, will also lead to
Post-abortion Syndrome symptoms as that of the abortions due to rape or congenital
defects. The main objective of the teenage abortion is to remove a burden, the unborn
child, from the teenagers life that will keep her from achieving her goals, such as going
to college (Nelson 28-29). In 1989 teenagers had the highest abortion ratio at 886
abortions per 1,000 live births ( Fig.1). Abortions due to teenage pregnancies may also
lead to Post-abortion syndrome; the main symptoms include self-devaluation, and inability
to forgive the decision to have an abortion (Speckhard, Rue). The self-devaluation can
stem from teenagers feeling incompetent, and can lead to periods of depression (Speckhard,
Rue). Teenagers are also more susceptible to periods of depression due to their
immaturity, their lack of experience of such events as death. The many symptoms of
Post-abortion Syndrome are primarily psychological, but other aspects of having an
abortion can have devastating effects on the physical aspects of the mother.


After an abortion has taken place, not only is the mother susceptible to psychological
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