Services Abortion

Abortion

What about Abortion?

First, please know that once you are pregnant, you will always have been pregnant, no matter if the outcome is abortion, childbirth or miscarriage, and pregnancy does change a woman. Abortion is not just a simple medical procedure. For many women, it is a life-changing event with physical, emotional and spiritual consequences. Most women who struggle with past abortions say they wish they had been told all of the facts about abortion. Abortion is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, pregnancy.

Know the facts, before making your final decision.

Facing an unexpected pregnancy can seem overwhelming, and everything negative about a pregnancy fills your mind at one time; however, these problems are usually dealt with one at a time. That is why knowing where to go for help is important. Talk to someone you can trust – your partner, your parents, a pastor, a priest or perhaps a good friend. Also, the staff at The Pregnancy Resource Center are available and provide a safe, confidential place to help you through this difficult time.

Post-Abortion Syndrome

Are you at Risk?

There are many negative emotional reactions that have been associated with abortion. Some women experience “impacted grieving” which reflects an inability to complete the grieving process. Other women experience specific self-destructive tendencies, including eating disorders, sexual dysfunction, and substance abuse.

A widely used term for emotional problems is “post-abortion syndrome” or PAS. Actually, post-abortion syndrome has been proposed as a specific diagnosis for those women who experience a specific, related set of emotional problems.

Emotional Impact

Some women experience strong negative emotions after abortion. Sometimes this occurs within days and sometimes it happens after many years. This psychological response is known as PAS. Several factors that impact the likelihood PAS include: the woman’s age, the abortion circumstances, the stage of pregnancy at which the abortion occurs, and the woman’s religious beliefs.

PAS Symptoms

Guilt, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, Anniversary Grief, Flashbacks of Abortion, Sexual Dysfunction, Relationship Problems, Eating Disorders, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Psychological Reactions

Help Is Available

If you suspect you suffer from PAS – or are simply struggling with your feelings about the abortion – don’t try to handle it alone. While talking to an understanding friend or relative may be helpful, women experiencing PAS may need counseling in order to work through their feelings about the abortion and the trauma surrounding it. For information on post-abortion counseling and support groups in your area, contact us through our website email or call us at 972-642-3877. All information is completely confidential.

Abortion Safety Checklist

Before you visit an abortion clinic or provider, we strongly encourage you to ask yourself these important health and safety questions:

  • Do you understand the risks involved in an abortion procedure? Abortion is a medical procedure and does involve the risk of physical harm. You have the legal right to be informed of the type of procedure you will receive, as well as any potential complications. Ask as many questions as you need, to make sure you understand all that is involved, physically and emotionally.
  • Did you investigate the qualifications of your potential abortion provider? Find out the name of the doctor who will perform your abortion procedure, and confirm that he or she is a licensed physician and a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. Call and ask if the doctor has appropriate privileges to admit you to a hospital in the event that there is an emergency. Also, many states maintain public records about past medical malpractice judgments and settlements. Call your state agency (medical licensing board) to see if the doctor has been involved in any medical malpractice suits.
  • Ask how complications are handled. Abortion providers may not provide any follow-up or emergency care, should complications arise. Ask the abortion clinic if the abortion doctor has admitting privileges to a hospital nearby should you require emergency care.
  •  Do you understand that it’s OK to change your mind? Abortion is your choice—meaning you can change your mind at any time. It’s OK to say, “I need more time to consider my decision,” if you are in the waiting room or even on the table prepped for your procedure. Don’t feel pressured to proceed just because you feel like you have to. It’s your body; you have the right to listen to your instincts.

Abortion Risks

Many women go on to report that they regret their choice of abortion and would do anything to go back and undo the decision that resulted in so much pain. Ask yourself these important questions:

  1. Am I informed of all the procedures and risks?
  2. What are my state’s laws?
  3. Is there anyone pressuring me to have an abortion?
  4. Have I talked with someone who has been through an abortion to discuss their experience?