Research on the Psychological and Physical Effects of Abortion


Study Finds Increased Risk of Mental Health Disorders After Abortion 9/16/16

photo-by-IRRI-Images-cc-flickr-300x168Study: Abortion for Fetal Anomalies Increases Risk of Mental Health Problems 8/26/16

Postpartum Mental Health Study Flawed by Fetal Loss Omission 2/6/16

Government Recommendation for Depression Screening for Pregnant Women Should Extend to Abortion, Says Expert 1/27/16

New Research Links Abortion and Pregnancy Complications 8/25/15

Warnings About Abortion and Premature Birth Still Ignored After 40 Years 8/14/15

Expert: Results of Study Claiming No Abortion Regrets Are Meaningless 7/21/15

Study Claiming Women Don’t Regret Abortions Deeply Flawed and Deceptive 7/15/15

Planned Parenthood Study Supports Their Profitable Chemical Abortion Protocol 6/15/15

Abortion History Linked to Bipolar Disorders — And the Ongoing Coverup 6/5/15

Veteran Abortion Supporter Downplays Real Danger 5/19/15

Suicides After Abortion Remain High Despite Better Screening Guidelines 12/11/14

They’re Still Trying to Disprove Post-Abortion Trauma Syndrome 10/27/14


Australian Maternal Death Report Highlights Abortion-Suicide Connection 9/5/14

New Scientific Review Supports Link Between Abortion and Breast Cancer 7/24/14

Expert: Study Shows Need for Abortion Clinics to Screen for Violence 2/27/14

Study of 36 Chinese Abortion-Breast Cancer Studies a “Game Changer,” Says Scientist 12/3/13

Induced Abortion Raises Breast Cancer Risk by More Than 20-Fold, Study Finds 8/14/13

New Review Links Abortion and Mental Health Problems 8/8/13

Abortion Has No Benefits, But Does Have Risks, New Research Shows 5/7/13

Sale of Morning After Pill Without a Prescription Puts Teens at Risk 4/30/13

Study Doesn’t Support Safety of Webcam Abortions 4/29/13

New Study’s Reported Finding on Abortion-Breast Cancer Link Are Hyperinflated 4/26/13

The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link: The Biology (Part Four of Four) 3/29/13

The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link: The Dagger Under the Table (Part Three of Four) 3/28/13

The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link: The Cover-Up (Part Two of Four) 3/27/13

The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link: Those Stubborn Facts Again (Part One of Four) 3/26/13

Video: Abortion Doesn’t Help Suicidal Women 3/22/13

Study Links Abortion to Metabolic Syndrome, Increasing Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke in Women 3/21/13

New Study Links Multiple Abortions, Preterm Birth 9/18/12

Multiple Abortions Increase Risk of Maternal Death: New Study 9/7/12

Higher Death Rates After Abortion Found in U.S., Finland and Denmark: Studies Find Abortion Is Not Safer Than Childbirth 9/5/12

Elliot Institute Director Responds to Attacks on Research 2/3/12

Rehash of Abortion Safety Claim Ignores All Inconvenient Evidence to the Contrary (1/26/12)

New Study Reignites Controversy Over Abortion and Mental Health 9/2/11

Most Studies Show Abortion Linked to Increased Mental Health Problems 9/1/11

Abortion Linked to Preterm Birth, But Why Aren’t Women Being Told? 11/23/10

More Than 30 Studies In Last Five Years Show Negative Impact of Abortion on Women’s Mental Health 11/16/10

Researchers Say Study Claiming Abortion Not Linked to Teen Depression is Flawed 10/11/10

Study: Women Who Use Abortion Drug Experience More Pain, Emotional Distress 10/11/10

“A Breech of Public Responsibility:” Researcher Responds to Claims That Studies Show No Mental Health Problems After Abortion 10/11/10

New Study Shows Later Abortions More Likely to Be Unwanted, Are Linked to Psychological Problems 8/27/10

New Study Affirms Link Between Abortion and Subsequent Mental Health Problems 5/13/10

Half of Aborting Women Are Having Repeat Abortions, Study Finds 5/13/10

Study Links Poor Pre-Abortion Counseling and PTSD; Shows Need for New Legislation 1/22/10

Legal Abortion Doesn’t Save Women’s Lives, Report Shows 12/17/09

Psychiatric Disorders Linked to Abortion for Fetal Anomalies 11/10/09

Distress After Abortion Linked to Increased Mental Health Disorders, Study Finds 11/5/09

U.K. Study Finds Women Having Repeat Abortions More Likely to Be Abused 8/4/09

Abortion Has Greater Impact on Parenting Than Other Forms of Pregnancy Loss, New Literature Review Finds 7/1/09

Sleep Disorders After Abortion May Be a Symptom of Trauma 5/8/09

New Study Shows Negative Impact of Abortion on Relationships for Women, Men: Abortion Linked to Increased Risk of Domestic Violence 4/16/09

New Study Finds Father’s Support Plays Key Role in Abortion 1/19/09

New Study Links Abortion to Wide Range of Mental Health Disorders 12/11/08

Study Finds Abortion Provides No Mental Health Benefits to Women, Even When Pregnancy is Unwanted 12/11/08

New Review Links Abortion to Higher Risk of Preterm Birth: Dozens of Studies Show Women Who Had Abortions More Likely to Have a Later Premature Birth 10/28/08

New Zealand Study Finds Violence Increases Risk of Abortion 8/29/08

Pregnant College Students Aren’t Made Aware of Available Resources, Survey Finds 5/16/08

Study Finds High Rates of PTSD Among Women Who Had Abortions 2/14/08

Summary of Recent Published Research

List of Psychological Complications of Abortion 

List of Physical Complications of Abortion

Identifying High Risk Abortion Patients

Women at Risk: Abortion and the High Risk Patient

The Aftereffects of Abortion

Statistics from Survey 1 From Aborted Women: Silent No More. Decision making factors in abortion decisions and general reactions.

Statistics from Survey 2 A detailed survery of psychological reactions of women who previously had one or more abortions.

Limitations on Post-Abortion Research: Why We Know So Little Important information regarding interpretation of these studies and all research on abortion.

Detrimental Effects of Abortion: An Annotated Bibliography with Commentary

Substance Abuse Among Pregnant Women Linked to Prior Abortion, Puts Later Children At Risk, New Study 12/02

Women Need More Mental Health Treatment After Abortion, New Study Finds 8/20/02

Abortion Linked to Elevated Mortality Rate Among Women, New Study 8/2/02

Most Compelling, Up-to-date Information on the Forbidden Grief of Abortion Published in New Book

Clinical Depression / Abortion Link Reported in Top Journal 1/18/02

Q & A: Finding Real Answers about Abortion

Pro-choice Researchers Acknowledge Existence of “Postabortion Syndrome” — Half a Million Affected 8/24/00

Abortion Nearly Four Times Deadlier Than Childbirth: New Government Study In Finland Ignored by Abortion Providers 6/3/00

Women’s Mental Health Declines After Abortion While Childbirth Helps: Two New Studies 7/26/00

Rape and Incest Victims Reject and Regret Abortions. New Book Surveys 192 Victims 6/4/00

Complications of Delivery Linked to Prior Abortion: New Study 2/15/00

New Study Confirms Link Between Abortion and Substance Abuse 11/23/99

Complete bibliography Please visit the Thomas W. Strahan Memorial Library for a very extensive bibliography of published studies on the detrimental effects of abortion. An excellent resource for students and researchers!


Research on the Psychological and Physical Effects of Abortion — 12 Comments

  1. 21 yo about 16weeks,confused and not liking my options.
    dont know if i could deal with a turn-a-bout now but it seems like this road will break me… In need of some help.

    • I am doing a research paper on the physical and psychological effects of abortion and I have been astounded to learn about the damage that is caused by abortion. I am also currently sitting in with a group of post-abortive women who are working throught their post-abortion trauma after years of anguish. I feel blessed that I got to see your post and I will be praying for you to continue to search for the truth so that you will be able to move forward in your life with strength and courage and peace. There is so much help for you and your baby. No child is unwanted. And no woman deserves to face a lifetime of regret and agony that aborting her baby is very likely to cause. God bless you.

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  4. may Almighty GOD continue supporting you financially as you continue helping the abortive women. many young girls in Uganda are carrying abortion as a result thy end up committing suicide my request is that you start post abortion programme in Uganda

    • I wish we had the resources to do so. But we have only two employees here in the U.S. and very few resources. You, or anyone in Uganda, are welcome to reproduce and translate any of the material we have on our website for use there.

  5. Does anyone wonder how abortion affect the fathers, especially the teen fathers. The psychological impact of abortion must be considered, especially if the father would want to raise the child instead of having the abortion. The mother has a choice, the father is usually not included in the decision making process. He must abide by the decision of the teen mother and her parents, how frustrating, especially if the child is wanted. The father is definitely the victim here, the mother has the control.

    • Hi Vanessa, thanks for your comment. Yes, abortion certainly can have a strong psychological impact on men, including those who didn’t want the abortion (or maybe even only found out about it after the fact) and those who were involved in the decision and perhaps even pushed for abortion. Unfortunately this is a very overlooked issue, but more information about the psychological effects of abortion on men can be found here: and at (search the index for studies on “abortion decision making” and “men and abortion.” Also, here is an article on a 2008 study on the role of fathers in the abortion decision making process:

      There is also a small but growing number of organizations out there that provide support for men struggling after abortion:

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