2 Studies Describe Emotional Impact of Abortion on Providers

Conclusion to two studies on abortion providers, done by authors who were pro-choice:

“Obsessional thinking about abortion, depression, fatigue, anger, lowered self-esteem, and identity conflicts were prominent.  The symptom complex was considered “transient reactive disorder” similar to “combat technique.”

Ambivalent periods were characterized by a variety of otherwise uncharacteristic feelings and behavior including withdrawal from colleagues, resistance to going to work, lack of energy, impatience with clients and overall sense of uneasiness.  Nightmares, images that could not be shaken and preoccupation were commonly reported.  Also common was the deep and lonely privacy within which practitioners had grappled with their ambivalence.”

Roe, KM “private troubles and public issues, providing abortion amid competing definitions” Social Science and Medicine, 1989 volume 29 number one, 1197

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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