Many young, teen girls experience the harmful psychological effects of having an abortion. Though many people are against abortions, it is still being done. Teen’s attitudes and demeanor about themselves change drastically once they have had an abortion. The abortion has several side effects that a teen may or may not know how to cope with it. These girls experience a sense of withdraw, quilt and self destruction.
In the past two years many law-makers and statesmen have opposed abortion. Many states have set requirements for clinics and other facilities out of reach for continued services. The need for abortion in America remains an option for many teens. Counseling services should be provided in an attempt to decrease the psychological effects of this procedure. As of 2013 several surgical abortion clinics have closed. Not all are permanently. Of those that remain open, some have discontinued the abortion procedure but continues to sale abortion-inducing drugs. Abortions have not become a thing of the past, yet politicians are trying their best to have it outlawed.
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF ABORTION AMONST TEENS 3
The Psychological Effects of Abortions amongst Teens
An Introduction of Abortion
Are you familiar with the name Dr. Karen Ashford, probably not? She is a factious character that would have been if she was allowed to be born. She was never given a chance at life because she was aborted at only 16 weeks in uteri. She was forced to be aborted by her would be grandmother of her 13 year old mother. The young mother was not given an opportunity to voice her opinion about the outcome of her pregnancy. The decision that the young girls’ mother chose for her affected her life in many different ways. After the abortion, the young girl felt guilty, withdrawn, and she was self-destructive.
Abortion causes Guilt
Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS) is a term that has been used to describe the emotional and psychological consequences of abortion (leaderu.com). Guilt is one of the emotions that teens struggle with following an abortion. Many teens feel guilty for different reasons: just killed their unborn child and never had a chance to see its face (Parham, March 2014), feel guilty for hurting the child’s father because of the abortion, and they may feel guilty for not taking a stance against their parents about the decision of the abortion. For some teens, once they realize that they have consented to the killing of their unborn child, the thought becomes overwhelming.
Teens Often Feel Withdrawn
In relation to feeling guilty, teens often start to withdraw and distance themselves from their families, friends,...