A Picture of Tragedy: Abortion’s Aftermath

Original Photo By Valerie French
Original Photo By Valerie French

Huddled down, weeping, and undoubtedly questioning the decision to end her child’s life, the young woman pictured here, had only minutes before walked behind that wobbly chain link fence hoping for a resolution. She longed to find freedom from the cluster of cells that put chains on her future. Instead, she will likely spend a lifetime wrestling with the chains of guilt and regret for killing a child.

The image was taken a week or so ago by Christians who pleaded with the woman and her partner for hours prior to them going inside to have an abortion in a Reproductive Health Services building. When they emerged, the Christians remained silent and just watched as the young girl broke to pieces in front them. Sometimes, silence says more than words ever could.

Tragically, she was only 1 of about 20 women who made the same decision at the clinic that morning.

This is a consequence of the pro-abortion movement that is frequently glossed over and spun: the aftermath. It’s easy to be pro-choice before you experience the reality of having an abortion. The human rights, equality, and freedom ethos sounds great at first. Not to mention, the sense of comradery, meaning, and “purpose” is ultra-convenient to a person longing for a worldview that encourages a promiscuous sexual ethic. When you toss in the vast vocal celebrity and media support, it’s understandable that so many are deceived and buy the sales pitch that abortions are healthy and normal.

The empowering tone of the left’s rallied message, “your body, your choice” has been lying to women for decades to believe they can pursue a licentious sexual ethic that is consequence-free. However, the long-term effect of this promised consequence-free causal sex epidemic is a brain washing that slowly diminishes a person’s worth down to little more than their sexuality; It demoralizes and objectifies women to a fault. Pregnancy is viewed as unfortunate punishment and hindrance to this lifestyle. This results in lots of abortions and lots of emotional and physical damage.

Planned Parenthood acknowledges, in full Gríma Wormtongue mode, that “woman experience a variety of emotions after an abortion.” But pay close attention to how they sugar coat the message, “Feelings of relief, sadness, elation, or depression are common and may be strong due to the hormonal changes that occur after an abortion. Most women find these feelings do not last very long.”

The truth is the effects of abortions do last long. WebMD reports that that “Women who had abortions …were twice as likely to feel guilty about the event five years later and 60% more likely to feel shame, as measured by psychological testing.”

The post-abortion physiological aspects are often compared to the “shell-shock” that soldiers experience post war.  Studies show that within the first few weeks of an abortion 40-60% of women experience negative reactions. Within the first 2 months 55% experience guilt and 44% report nervous disorder (1). 10% develop what is described as “serious psychiatric complications” (2). Other complications include depression, anxiety, chronic crying, sterility, self-hatred, drug abuse, cervical damage, and even suicide.

My friends, there are not enough rallies, marches and Planned Parenthood propaganda available that can appropriately respond to the damage caused to mother (and child) after an abortion.

One of the most interesting and telling findings from post abortion studies found 1/3 of all women who have an abortion “develop an intense longing to become pregnant again to ‘make up’ for the lost pregnancy.” As you might expect, the problems that surrounded the initial pregnancy are usually still present in the subsequent ones. So, the common path is another abortion.  A tragic cycle (3).

Yet it drives the question, if what many of these women want is the consequence-free sex lifestyle they have been promised, why would their psychological make-up compel them to want more children after having an abortion? The question is even more puzzling given that most of these women would say they are just removing some cells from their body and not actually killing a child.

I argue that, it’s because somewhere deep inside of them they know it’s a child they removed from their bodies. Small beginnings, but as human as you or me. They know that the cells inside of them were a full person who will soon develop preferences, opinions, facial features, eye color, and teeth. They long for pregnancy because they hope that having a child will somehow undo or purge their sin. I’ll add that no one has ever struggled with self-hatred after removing a benign tumor.

My heart breaks for the woman pictured here and the pain she will undoubtedly endure in coming years. She was never prepared for this. Whatever advertising convinced her an abortion is within her rights, healthy, and normal has forsaken her. Her principles and ideology have abandoned her in a parking lot with a cheap sign that reads “abortions are healthier than doughnuts.”

Photo By Valerie French
Photo By Valerie French

Healthier?! According to some studies she is 10 times more likely to commit suicide in the next six months because of this choice (4)!

The only real hope for this woman, and any other woman who has had an abortion, is the hope, forgiveness, and reconciliation found in Jesus Christ. He alone offers a solution for the problem of remaining sin and guilt. He can do this because he bore the consequence of the sin you (and I) deserve on a cross almost 2,000 years ago. He died to secure forgiveness for sinners, like you and me.

As much as the pro-abortion movement hates Christianity, it will never be able to offer anything like this. You can go to as many counseling sessions and support groups as you like, and it might help you deal with symptoms of an abortion like depression, sexual dysfunctionality, and so on. But, it will never provide an adequate solution for the guilt that comes from murdering a child. Jesus offers to wash you whiter than snow; run to Him while you still can!

As Pastor John Piper once said, “Jesus did not mainly come to stop abortions in this world. He came mainly to die for abortion committing sinners.”

If you have have had an abortion and would like to learn more about the forgiveness and hope found in Jesus, or you are pregnant and want to discuss options other than abortions, please message us on our Facebook Page (it’s the easiest way to reach us) and we can get you in touch with the right people to help you.

There is an abundance of help available for someone in need of alternatives to an abortion. Hope is not lost!

 

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  1. ^Ashton, “The Psychosocial Outcome of Induced Abortion”, British Journal of Ob&Gyn. (1980), vol. 87, pp. 1115-1122.
  2. Friedman, et.al., “The Decision-Making Process and the Outcome of Therapeutic Abortion”, American Journal of Psychiatry (December 12, 1974), vol. 131,pp. 1332-1337.
  3. ^ Wallerstein, et.al., “Psychosocial Sequelae of Therapeutic Abortion in Young Unmarried Women”, Archives of General Psychiatry (1972), vol. 27.
  4. Garfinkel, et al., Stress, Depression and Suicide: A Study of Adolescents in Minnesota, (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Extension Service, 1986).
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  • Lark62

    I went to WebMD to read the material supposedly available from this reliable medical source, but could find nothing like it. So I followed the link in the post above and got to a 15 year old archived page with this disclaimer:

    This article is from the WebMD News Archive

    This content has not been reviewed within the past year and may not represent WebMD’s most up-to-date information.

    To find the most current information, please enter your topic of interest into our search box.

    • Jack Lee

      It doesn’t make the study invalid. How about a study supported by The US National Library of Medicine?

      “The results revealed that at least one-third of the respondents have experienced psychological side effects. Depression, worrying about not being able to conceive again and abnormal eating behaviors were reported as dominant psychological consequences of abortion among the respondents. Decreased self-esteem, nightmare, guilt, and regret with 43.7%, 39.5%, 37.5%, and 33.3% prevalence rates have been placed in the lower status, respectively.”

      This effects are well documented. A simple good search will yield many studies.

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3395931/

      I also reference others in the article aside from WebMD – see footnotes or try

      http://afterabortion.org/2011/abortion-risks-a-list-of-major-psychological-complications-related-to-abortion/

      • Myles

        When you have morons judging you for what is proper and moral for you, of course you would get depressed.

  • Tianzhu

    We were watching a story on the news about volunteers hanging around beaches in order to keep people away from the nesting sites of sea turtles.

    My wife said, “In America in 2017, people value the life of an unborn sea turtle more than the life of an unborn human.”

    Anyone who calls this “progress” has some serious conscience issues.

    • George

      True story.

    • Myles

      Foolish analogy.

  • Guthrum

    I remember last fall overhearing a group of ladies at a restaurant talking about the presidential campaign. They did not like Trump, but all said that they would not vote for Hillary. Main reason was her support of unlimited abortion rights.

    • George

      Something tells me that was only the last nail in the lid of the coffin.

  • Jeff

    Abortion is evil. In this life and the next, people will reap the consequences of it.

    • Denny

      Indeed

      • corky

        ‘The only real hope for this woman, and any other woman who has had an abortion, is the hope, forgiveness, and reconciliation found in Jesus Christ. He alone offers a solution for the problem of remaining sin and guilt.’ and “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone’ How easy for us to sit in judgment when we are not in the circumstances of someone who maybe in dire straits. It’s all very well to have a child in a stable loving family that can afford to rear one, we are not all middle class whites who have sufficient income, housing etc to do this. I can only feel empathy for women who feel they have no other options in life, much like suicide. I am not pro abortion but can try to understand the desperation if one is homeless, financially insecure, jobless etc. etc.

        • Myles

          The sick and evil foolishness of religion helps nobody. That stupidity will only make everything worse. Leave her alone.

          • corky

            That was not my original comment Myles, I was quoting a previous poster, hmm maybe it was on a different site, someone made the comment for the first almost three lines can’t see it on here now, apologies for the confusion

    • Myles

      Then your god is the greatest abortionist ever. The number of mis-carriages caused by your god outnumbers the number of living births.
      If abortion is evil, why does your god show priests which herbs to use to induce one? Numbers 5:11-31
      Counselling everyone how much easier it is to murder unborn babies by ripping the bellies of their mothers open to have easier access was a stroke of genius. Hosea 13:16
      If you get pregnant, Jeff, then your opinion on abortion becomes important, to you. Until then, mind your own business or start judging yourself.

      • Jeff

        Typical atheist troll.

  • Donalbain

    So, a bunch of people yelled at a woman for an hour and later she cried.

  • J.D.

    If to get a medical procedure I had to run a gauntlet of people who screamed at me for several hours, then came out and found those same people lying in wait to continue their harassment (or worse), I’d probably cry too. Or pull out my pepper spray.

  • Myles

    The only part that you should be thinking about is not that the woman had an abortion but that religious freaks decided to take their phoney god’s place as judge. I hope it goes after each of you heartless bastards.

    • George

      That’s rich.

      • Myles

        Do you try to make sense, sometimes?

        • George

          You’re an angry little feller aren’t ya?

          • Myles

            Sense would be nice.

          • George

            Dear Myles, honey;

            It would be wonderful if any of your hatred-filled rants made any sense. Alas, as it currently stands, all they do is make you look like a pathetic, bitter little person.

            Thank you,
            George

          • Myles

            It would be wonderful if any of your comments made any sense.

          • George

            My comments make perfect sense, and they’re spot on.

          • Myles

            You poor dear.