Questionnaire shows high rate of depression, guilt in post-abortive women

A questionnaire given out by a pro-life researcher asked post-abortive women whether they felt certain emotions after their abortions. Following are the percentages of women in the survey that said yes to the following emotions. The question was “Circle any that apply to your abortion.”

guilt: 89%
worry: 80%
shame: 87%
panic: 60%
emptiness: 61%
sorrow: 71%
isolation: 62%
anxiety: 73%
anger: 77%
fear: 85%
insecurity: 81%
weeping: 69%
depression: 81%
regret: 82%
eating disorders: 55%
sexual problems: 62%
emotionally numb: 59%
suicidal thoughts: 67%
chemical dependency: 73%
separated from God: 53%
hopelessness: 79%

Jennifer O’Neill Healing through God’s Grace after Abortion (Deerfield Beach, Florida: Faith Communications, 2005)

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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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