The Psychological Effects Of Abortions During The United States

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In 2012, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 699,202 abortions were performed in the United States. The psychological effects of abortions have been widely studied since 1987 when anti-choice president Ronald Reagan directed the then Surgeon General, Everret Koop, to study and report on the mental effects of induced abortion. The report claimed that there was not enough evidence to conclude the psychologic effects on women of induced abortion (Koop,1987). This report is contrary to hundreds of other reports that concluded that the negative mental side effects of abortions were miniscule. Since Koop’s report in 1987, dozens of additional studies have been done and overwhelmingly shown that the risk for mental health problems in women following a legal and medically safe abortion are virtually nonexistent.
Opponents of abortions have long cited the negative mental effects of abortion when arguing against its legality and when trying to convince pregnant women to not terminate an unwanted pregnancy. According to one anti-choice pregnancy help site, Post Abortion Syndrome is rather common:
“Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PAS) affects everyone and is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder. The process of making an abortion choice, experiencing the procedure and living with the grief, pain and regret is certainly, at its very core, traumatic. As with any trauma, individuals often try to “forget” the ordeal and deny or ignore any pain that…

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