Abortion Procedures

Before 14 weeks (read more)

At 14 weeks or more (read more)

Possible Abortion Risks

Possible Immediate Physical Risks (read more)

Possible Long-Term Risks (read more)

Emotional Impact

Some women experience strong negative emotions after abortion. Sometimes this occurs within days and sometimes it happens after many years. Symptoms may include: guilt, anger, anxiety, depression, anniversary grief, flashbacks & more. 1

Spiritual Consequences

People have different understandings of God. Whatever your present beliefs may be, there is a spiritual side to abortion that deserves to be considered. Having an abortion may affect more than your body or your mind. It may affect you spiritually. 1

PRC of Metro Richmond: Your center for pregnancy decisions.

References: 1. CareNet, Before You Decide, 2003 2. VA Department of Health, Abortion: Making An Informed Decision 3. Rooney, Brent, Calhoun, B., Induced Abortion and Risk of later Premature Births. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 2003, 8(2):46-49. 4. Thorp, John M., Hartmann, Katherine E., Shadigan, Elizabeth. Long-term Physical and Psychological Health Consequenses of Induced Abortion: Review of the Evidence.