Most people think of abortion as just a physical procedure. There is a baby you do not want, or might be causing health complications. To save the mother, it has to be aborted. However, there are some who are concerned that abortion may have a mental impact. This is a concern dismissed by psychiatrists.
There is a good reason for this.
Abortion has not been found to cause significant psychiatric trauma. It is not linked to mental health disorders, even if some opponents would like you to believe that.
The average person seeking an abortion is vulnerable, the pregnancy is unplanned or unwanted. In most instances, the abortion itself has no impact. Some of the women seeking the procedure had existing problems before getting it.
The vulnerabilities can come from any number of existing, persistent problems. Some of them are genuinely psychotic, while others are depressed and thought turning to sex would help. A few are manic or have substance abuse problems. There are those who are victims of abuse, physical or emotional.
One may argue that women with these issues already have a mental health disorder. Abortion does not cause it.
Another common and unfortunate misconception is how women who have abortions do not care about their children. This is false and stems from a poor perception of the situations that lead to aborting a child in the first place.
Women who do not care about their children rarely abort. Most of them carry the baby to term and end up becoming horrible parents. The ones that do care either choose to abort and spare the child or put them up for adoption.
Many patients know they are not in the right place to raise a child. They seek an abortion out of concern and love, not out of callous disregard.
The image of a woman who wants to get rid of a fetus because it hinders her lifestyle is overblown and, statistically speaking, rare.