Because there are so many opinions regarding abortion, it is often the case that proven facts are hard to find, or that opinions are presented as fact. It is our goal to provide honest and open information so that you can make the best decision possible for you regarding your pregnancy. In this post, we’ll discuss a few common abortion myths, and why they are not facts.
Abortion is a big deal because pregnancy is a big deal, just like choosing to parent would be a big deal. Pregnancy involves a big change to anyone’s life, so if you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant, you might find yourself overwhelmed at the prospect of continuing that pregnancy. Therefore, it’s important to give yourself time to process the situation and think through all of your options, because any one of them can and will be life-changing.
Often tag-lined “a women’s right to choose,” abortion is a hot topic among many who identify themselves as feminists. To keep up with the expectation of female empowerment, women who are still in school or focused on their career may look at abortion through the lens of empowerment. Empowerment implies growing, moving forward, thriving; yet there is no evidence that abortion causes women to thrive. Viewing abortion as a means to empowerment also diminishes those who have children or choose to parent. Feminism is all about encouraging women to be whoever and whatever they want, isn’t it? By definition, that includes mothers. So, women with children are not any less empowered than those without.
No medical procedure is 100 percent safe. A surgeon will never tell you that there is no chance of harm, even for a simple procedure, because unexpected things do happen. Depending on the abortion procedure, there are risks, and you should be aware of them if you are considering having an abortion, from common side effects like intense cramping and bleeding to more serious long-term effects like uterus perforation and emotional damage. Knowledge empowers you to make the best decision possible for you.
This mindset is dangerous because it implies that a choice of this magnitude requires no sense of responsibility to make. You are responsible for the decisions you make, and whether to have an abortion is included in that. It is important to consider why you are choosing what you are choosing so that you know you are making your decision for the best possible reasons.
Many women do report feeling relief immediately following an abortion. Over time, many them also report unexpected negative emotions like grief, sadness, isolation, anxiety and depression. Most women experiencing the emotional impact of abortion did not feel prepared for it. It is hard to tell who will experience these negative emotions, or how intense they will be, as there have not been many studies on the topic. However, they do exist, and it is important to be aware of that.
While it is always a good idea to receive guidance and wisdom from people you look up to, that is not the same as believing people who pressure or demand you to do things the way they want you to do them. You have options, and each one is truly a possibility for you. The staff at Turning Point would love to sit down with you and listen to your unique situation without judgment. Then, we can openly discuss your options and how they are each possible for you.
Now you know some common abortion myths. Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center is committed to providing accurate information, meaningful support, and lasting encouragement to women facing unplanned pregnancies. Schedule an appointment with us to discuss your options today.