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post abortion

Following abortion, many women experience initial relief. The perceived crisis is over and life returns to normal. For many women, however, the crisis isn’t over. Months and even years later, significant problems develop. There is evidence that abortion is a decrease in long-term emotional and physical health.


In line with the best available evidence, women should be informed that abortion significantly increases risk for:

  • Clinical depression
  • Anxiety
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Suicidal thoughts and behavior

Women who have experienced abortion may develop the following:

  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Difficulty bonding with partner or children
  • Eating disorders

The bottom line is that the scientific evidence indicates that abortion is more likely to be associated with negative psychological outcomes when compared to miscarriage or carrying an unintended pregnancy to term.

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, Clarity Clinic offers confidential, compassionate support to help work through these feelings. You are not alone.

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Dubuque Location and Hours:
3365 Hillcrest Rd.
Dubuque, Iowa 52002
(563) 556-5250

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Tuesday 9am - 4pm
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Thursday 9am - 4pm

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Dubuque Location: 3365 Hillcrest Rd., Dubuque, Iowa 52002 - (563)556-5250

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