Effects of adolescent depression

About 20 percent of all abortions taking place in the U. Compared to women who abort at an older age, women who abort as teens are significantly more likely to report more severe effects of adolescent depression injuries related to their abortions. This finding is supported by the fact that women who aborted as teens participate in disproportionately large numbers in post-abortion counseling programs.

Are two to four times more likely to commit suicide. Are more likely to develop psychological problems. Are more likely to have troubled relationships. Are generally in need of more counseling and guidance regarding abortion.

Are nearly three times more likely to be admitted to mental health hospitals than women in general. Teens are also more likely to report having wanted to keep the baby, higher levels of feeling misinformed in pre-abortion counseling, less satisfaction with abortion services and greater post-abortion stress. They consider the abortion procedure itself to be stressful and associated with feelings of guilt, depression and a sense of isolation. Younger women have a more difficult time adjusting to their abortions. One study found that teenage aborters were more likely to report severe nightmares following abortion and to score higher on scales measuring antisocial traits, paranoia, drug abuse and psychotic delusions than older aborters. Replacement Pregnancies Another study found that less than one fourth of teens were able to achieve a healthy psychological adaptive process after their abortions, and many continued to reenact their trauma through a cycle of repeat pregnancies and abortions. Sometimes a teen who has been especially traumatized will choose abortion as a form of self-punishment or as an unconscious attempt to resolve her trauma by continually repeating it.

The Physical Risks Teenage abortion patients are up to twice as likely to experience cervical lacerations during abortion compared to older women. This increased risk is thought to be due to the fact that teens have smaller cervixes which are more difficult to dilate or grasp with instruments. Other studies have shown that young women who have had PID previously or who have not had a previous full-term birth are more vulnerable to post-abortion infections. In addition, because teens are less likely than adults to take prescribed antibiotics or follow other regimens for the treatment of medical problems such as infection, they are at greater risk for infertility, hysterectomy, ectopic pregnancy and other serious complications. Because teens are more likely to abort their first pregnancy, they face other risks as well. For instance, research has shown that an early full term birth can reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer, but that induced abortion of a first pregnancy carries a 30 to 50 percent increased risk of breast cancer. In addition, aborting teens lose the protective effect of having a full-term pregnancy at a younger age, which reduces breast cancer risk.

Complications of Late-Term Abortions The Centers for Disease Control has reported that 30 percent of teenage abortions occur at or after 13 weeks gestation, compared to only 12 percent of abortions overall. The high rate of late-term abortions among teens is a symptom of how they feel trapped into abortions that they cannot evade. In this regard, polls have consistently found that more teens have pro-life or anti-abortion attitudes than do older women, which may help to explain the much higher late-term abortion rate among teens. No doubt another factor is that teens are more likely to conceal their pregnancies, either out of shame or in an effort to avoid being pressured into an unwanted abortion.