ABORTION

ANSWERING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS

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ANSWERING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS

Women are seldom encouraged to share their responses to or feelings about an abortion.  Often it is kept a secret and a woman is left alone with her feelings.

The grief women, men, or families may experience after an abortion is seldom recognized and is often repressed or denied.

Traumatic effects of an abortion commonly occur when the grieving process is not complete. Our society is just now beginning to recognize the need to grieve a miscarriage, and because abortion is considered a voluntary act, grief after an abortion is rarely understood or supported.

 

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Women are seldom encouraged to share their responses to or feelings about an abortion.  Often it is kept a secret and a woman is left alone with her feelings.

The grief women, men, or families may experience after an abortion is seldom recognized and is often repressed or denied.

Traumatic effects of an abortion commonly occur when the grieving process is not complete. Our society is just now beginning to recognize the need to grieve a miscarriage, and because abortion is considered a voluntary act, grief after an abortion is rarely understood or supported.

These post-abortion symptoms are an unhealthy emotional reaction experienced by some after abortion.  The symptoms will not necessarily appear at the same time, nor is it likely that a woman will experience the entire list. Some may occur immediately after an abortion and others much later. If you can identify with more than two of these symptoms, it could be that you are experiencing the after-effects of abortion. 

General post-abortion symptoms:

Anxiety

Feelings of Loss

Nightmares/Flashbacks

Shame/Secrecy

Regret/Guilt

Isolation

 

“I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? . . . By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. . . . Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.

—Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Presidential Prayer Breakfast, Washington, DC, February 12, 1994

 

 Common Questions

Question: “Do Christians have a responsibility to minister to women who have had abortions or are considering having an abortion?”

Answer: Yes. Women who have had an abortion or are considering having an abortion often feel emotionally distraught and wounded. They need a caring, compassionate person to help them in their time of need.

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Galatians 6:2

Question: “Since the father of my unborn baby rejects me and refuses all financial responsibility, how can I not have an abortion? Wouldn’t it be more responsible of me not to bring a baby into the world that I cannot provide for?”

Answer: The God who created you and your unborn baby . . . the God who loves you and your “little lamb” . . . He is the God who has a promise that He will keep: The God of the universe will be your present Provider and Protector. He promises  to be a “father to the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5).

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” 

Psalm 68:5

STATISTICS AND INFORMATION

  • Half of pregnancies among American women were unintended, and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion [1]

  • Twenty-one percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) ended in abortion.[2]

  • Seventeen percent of women obtaining abortions identify as Protestant, 13% as evangelical Protestant and 24% identify as Catholic.[3]

  • In 2011, 1.7% of women aged 15–44 have an abortion [2]. Half have had at least one previous abortion.[3]

  • 59% of abortions are obtained by women who have one previous birth. [3]

  • 12% of women who have an abortion are teenagers: Those 18-19 accounted for 8% of abortions; those aged 15-17 accounted for 3%; and teenagers younger than 15 for 0.2%. [3]

  • Women in their 20s account for 60% of all abortions: Women aged 20–24 obtained 34% of all abortions, and women aged 25–29 obtained 27%.[3]

  • At 2008 abortion rates, one in 10 women will have an abortion by age 20, one in four by age 30 and three in 10 by age 45.[4]

SOURCES 

1. Finer LB and Zolna MR. Shifts in intended and unintended pregnancies in the United States 2001–2008. American Journal of Public Health. 2014, 23(3): e1-e9.
2. Jones RK and Jerman J. Abortion incidence and service availability in the United States, 2011. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2014. 46(1):3-14
3. Jones J, Jones RK and Onda T. Characteristics of U.S. Abortion Patients in 2014 and Changes Since 2008. New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2016.
4. Jones RK and Kavanaugh ML. Changes in abortion rates between 2000 and 2008 and lifetime incidence of abortion. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2011, 117(6):1358-1366.
5. National Right to Life Educational Foundation. Abortion Statistics United States Data & Trends.
6. Ramah International. Abortion Recovery.

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Grace Filled Words:

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Romans 15:7 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 1:5

Additional Scriptures:

Psalm 147:3

Hebrews 4:13

Jeremiah 22:3

Isaiah 44:2

Psalm 139:13–16

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