A new study reports on post-abortive women and the guilt they carry.
Dr. Priscilla Coleman of Bowling Green University in Ohio has compiled responses from post-abortive women who went to pro-life pregnancy centers for help after an abortion. Over a thousand women responded.
The study was published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Jane Orient, managing editor of the Journal, tells OneNewsNow the most common negative comment from the women was that they had taken a life.
“Before the pregnancy that led to an abortion,” says Orient, “only a very small number of women had had any type of psychiatric or psychological care or counseling – and afterwards the great majority of them had to have some sort of counseling for things that were related to their emotional reactions” to abortion.
Orient says abortion is a life-changing experience, with most respondents saying it was the hardest thing they had ever done.
“Really only a fairly small number of them, maybe 20 percent, said that they did not feel any pressure whatsoever to abort,” says Orient, “which suggests that the vast majority of women were under pressure from somebody to do something that they didn't really want to do. So they gave consent in a sense, but it was not something they really wanted.”
Authors of the study hope it will help develop more sophisticated and individualized counseling protocols for women before and after abortions.