Survey of Post-Abortion women reveals emotional turmoil

Lisa Arnold compiled the following statistics in 2002 and 2003 from over 200 postabortion women. She works in a crisis pregnancy center, and this is taken from the women who came to her who had past abortions.

 

My decision to abort had a great impact on my life

agree: 88%
disagree: 7%
not sure: 5%

 

my self-image has changed since my abortion

agree 78%
disagree 11%
not sure 11%
 

I cry over my abortion and aborted child (1 – 3 times per month)

agree: 44%
disagree: 39%
not sure: 17%
 

I feel disconnected and separated from others since my abortion.

Agree: 58%
disagree: 36%
not sure: 6%
 

I have trouble expressing my emotions.

Agree: 62%
disagree: 29%
not sure: 9%
 

I find myself being easily angered

agree: 72%
disagree: 21%
not sure: 7%
 

I struggle with depression.

Agree: 69%
disagree: 20%
not sure: 11%
 

I am startled when unexpectedly approached or hear a loud noise.

Agree: 57%
disagree: 20%
not sure: 11%
 

I often feel moody or irritable.

Agree: 80%
disagree: 11%
not sure: 9%
 

I have trouble sleeping.

Agree: 69%
disagree: 22%
not sure: 9%
 

I struggle with guilt and self-condemnation over my abortion.

Agree: 85%
disagree: 10%
not sure: 5%
 

I have kept my abortion a closely guarded secret.

Agree: 82%
disagree: 17%
not sure: 1%
 

I thought my life would stay the same or change for the better after my abortion.

Agree: 67%
disagree: 18%
not sure: 15%
 

I worry a lot about the future.

Agree: 78%
disagree: 14%
not sure: 8%
 

I feel separated from God because of what I have done.

Agree: 65%
disagree: 30%
not sure: 5%
 

I am afraid God will punish me for having my abortion.

Agree: 72%
disagree: 16%
not sure: 12%
 

It is difficult for me to make decisions and stick to them.

Agree: 56%
disagree: 2%
not sure: 42%
 

I thought the emotional pain I have felt over my abortion would lessen over the years but it has gotten stronger.

 

Agree: 78%

disagree: 19%
not sure: 3%
 

I think about how old my child would be now.

Agree: 86%
disagree: 12%
not sure: 2%
 

My abortion experience as a whole was the biggest mistake of my life.

Agree: 73%
disagree: 15%
not sure: 12%
 

My abortion experience was a relief and helped me to get on with my life.

Agree: 12%
disagree: 76%
not sure: 12%
 

I would never have another abortion.

Agree: 79%
disagree: 3%
not sure: 18%
 

I would have another abortion if I felt I had to.

Agree: 9%
disagree: 80%
not sure: 11%
 

I am interested in free postabortion counseling.

Agree: 75%
disagree: 11%
not sure: 14%
“The women surveyed are of ages ranging from 14 to 58 and come from widespread socioeconomic environments, are of various ethnic backgrounds and have diverse religious beliefs. The period of time from their abortion experience to complete the survey varied from one month to 37 years. The information was gathered in an effort to research the overall effect abortion has on a diverse number of women. It will be used to benefit those involved in counseling and recovery from postabortion stress.”

Jennifer O’Neill Healing through God’s Grace after Abortion (Deerfield Beach, Florida: Faith Communications, 2005) 63-65

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