Abortion is an emotive issue that requires more deliberations from a wide range of scholars across the globe. There have been arguments on the psychological effects of elective abortion on women across several countries in all the continents. Some regions in the United States of America have placed a requirement for these women to go through mental health counseling because they have the potential of developing problems. However, several new studies have been made that dispute the claim in recent years. A research was done on more than 1000 women that had received an elective procedure to find out the effects that are associated with it. For a span of five years after the procurement, the study found out that there was no experience of more anxiety, reduced self-esteem, depression or even the lack of satisfaction with their life (Biggs et al.). This was done in comparison to those who had not procured the practice in the past.
In fact, the study found out that there were mental health effects on women who had sought to procure an elective abortion but were denied because their pregnancies had reached a time that would be very risky to their health if the procedure was done. However, the effects were short term whether they went ahead and procured it or delivered the baby. After six months of being denied to go through with the procedure, the mental health of those women was found out to be similar to those of the women that had successfully gone ahead with it. This has, thus, shown that elective abortion does not have a negative psychological effect on women.
Biggs, M. Antonia et al. Women’S Mental Health And Well-Being 5 Years After Receiving Or Being Denied An Abortion. 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.3478.