Survey of post-abortive women shows their emotional trauma

By Sarah Terzo

The pro-life group Heartbeat conducted a survey of post-abortive women. They asked the women what they experienced after their abortion(s).

  • 92% experience an emotional deadening, either feeling less in touch with their emotions or feeling a “need to stifle their emotions.”
  • 86% have an increased tendency toward anger or rage (48% reported they became more violent when angered).
  • 86% fear others learning of the abortion, and have a greater sense of fear in general.
  • 82% feel intense feelings of loneliness or isolation.
  • 75% said they are less self-confident.
  • 73% indicate some sexual dysfunction (increased pain during intercourse, promiscuity, rigidity, or loss of pleasure).
  • 63% experience denial, the average period of denial that they reported was 5.25 years.
  • 58% have insomnia or nightmares.
  • 57% have difficulty in maintaining or developing relationships.
  • 56% experience suicidal feelings.
  • 53% increased or began using drugs and/or alcohol to deaden the pain.
  • 39% reported eating disorders that began after the abortion.
  • 28% attempted suicide.

Wayne Mcghie, The Right to Choose (2022) pp.40 – 41. 

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission. Sarah Terzo is offering a short, free pro-life eBook that exposes the pro-choice movement. Click here to get it.