Surgical Abortion

Brian Clowes
March 5, 2021
Reproduced with Permission
Human Life International

Abortion comes with a long list of physical dangers , but often the emotional effects are the most devastating to the mother. Read on to learn about seven types of surgical abortion and to hear stories from real women who know the pain and heartbreak firsthand.

Surgical Abortion Stories

There are hundreds of stories on Abortion Changes You , Priests for Life and Silent No More . While each story is entirely unique, of course, they are all the same in two important ways - they each tell a tale of emotional desolation, and they are incredibly difficult to read.

Each of the stories on these websites betrays the fact that abortion is nothing more than a moneymaking business built upon the sorrow of women, and that the slogan "pro-choice" is the blackest of lies.

Society in general cares even less about the feelings of men than about those of women. Men get the message even more strongly that they are weak or unmanly for losing their chance at fatherhood, and that nobody understands or even cares why they grieve. Many men write emotional and heartbreaking testimonials:

Surgical Abortion Procedures Explained

An abortionist can select from a variety of procedures in his arsenal.

The Reality of Post-Abortion Syndrome

When considering the acts of destruction just described, it is understandable that a woman having an abortion will have strong feelings about it both during the procedure and afterwards. After all, abortion is a deeply unnatural act. It is the destruction of the flesh of her flesh. It violates the protective instincts that both women and men feel about their children, even (perhaps especially) when they are unborn.

Not only do those directly involved in abortion recognize it as a violent and bloody injustice, but others do as well. Abortionists are finding that it is far more difficult to erase millions of years of instinct and nurturing than it is to erase an unborn child from the mind of her mother.

Not that they aren't trying their best! Planned Parenthood has claimed that post-abortion syndrome (PAS) is a "largely non-existent phenomenon by anti-family planning extremists…emotional responses to legally induced abortions are largely positive."[11] Other pro-abortionists, despite evidence to the contrary, simply insist that there are absolutely no adverse psychological impacts from abortion and claim that PAS is a "myth."[12] In other words, they are saying to women who are suffering after abortion, "Hey, buck up! It was only a blob of tissue! Get your act together, you are being a big baby!"

Every experienced crisis pregnancy worker has stories about the uncaring nature of abortion clinic workers. My wife Kathy just recently heard from a young woman who had an abortion at Planned Parenthood. On the way back home from the clinic, she pulled over because she was so upset and called the abortion clinic for emotional support. After determining that the woman needed help, the PP staffer said curtly "You're probably fine!" and then hung up on her.

Pro-abortionists care even less about the feelings of men than they do about those of women. A former Vice President of Planned Parenthood, Louise Tyrer, said, "It doesn't matter how much men scream and holler that they are being left out [of the abortion decision]. There are some things that they are never going to be able to experience fully. I say 'tough luck.'"[13]

But back in the time when the "pro-choice" movement was much more honest, many of its leaders talked openly about the existence of the psychological trauma inflicted by abortion. In 1960, Dr. Mary Calderone, the founder of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), said, "Aside from the fact that abortion is the taking of a life, I am mindful of what was brought out by our psychologists ― that in almost every case, abortion, whether legal or illegal, is a traumatic experience that may have severe consequences later on."[14]

But even these appalling facts can't even begin to approach the emotional impact of reading the stories of the women who actually have abortions, having been led to think that the great "social eraser" will solve their immediate problems. The stories of their husbands and boyfriends, who observe the destruction while falsely believing that they are helpless, can be even more wrenching.

What Do We Do?

Sure, each of us is only one person. What can we possibly do in the face of such a tidal wave of death and evil? Most of us have heard the appalling statistics - 62 million abortions, one in three women having an abortion in their lifetimes, and so on. There is so much hidden suffering around us!

Well, we can pray to God to reveal to us what we can do. And everyone can do something . If you want to get started but don't know how, you can find some ideas in this article .

It will take a lot of work, but if we all educate ourselves and then step forward and educate those around us, we can drastically decrease the suffering that exists all around us - hidden anguish, but real nonetheless.