Effects of Abortion on a Sixteen-Year Old?What might the effects of an abortion be on a sixteen year old female?

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Jen Sambdman eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When we were 17, my best friend opted to have an abortion. She had a very rough time. Very rough. The realization that she was killing her unborn baby threw her into a deep depression where she needed to see a therapist and take medication. The physical pain was pretty intense too. She didn't have complications after the procedure, but she was very sore, tired, cramping and her hormone production was inconsistant because she was pregnant then she wasn't. She ended up getting some pretty bad acne and rosacea (sp?), but that cleared up after about seven months.

Now that we are 25, she still gets pretty upset around the due date of her would-have-been child. She is pretty ashamed of what she did and wishes she would have given up her child instead of terminating the pregnancy. She wants to be a mother soon (she just got married) but her doctors are telling her there is some scarring and it may be difficult to conceive so now she is dealing with that.

All-in-all she has had a pretty rough go with a young abortion, but please keep in mind this is one person and one person's plight with it. Abortion is a very personal choice and will affect each person differently.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Getting pregnant is very traumatic for a 16 year old. Whatever one's opinions on the morality of abortion, one could argue that having and keep a baby will have much more longstanding effects on the teen than an abortion. Adoption can also have severe and long-standing emotional fallout. Ultimately, it depends on who the 16 year old is. You never can tell how a person will react to such loss. Some teens can move on, and others carry a weight with them forever and are never the same. It is unfair to overgeneralize either way.
kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the previous answer.  The effects of abortion are great and it is not a decision that should ever, ever be taken lightly.  There would be physical effects, emotional effects, and spiritual and philosophical effects, possibly.  An abortion would be something that a woman would never forget and could have long-term emotional effects, along with others.  

A healthcare professional would be the appropriate person to adequately discuss the effects of an abortion with.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It really depends on the individual and her point of view. If she truly did not want the pregnancy then the effects may not be severely damaging. Perhaps she wants to go to college and realizes that having a baby would make her life very difficult.

On the other hand, if she was even the slightest bit skeptical about having an abortion, she could experience devastating emotions that may take years to heal. Abortion is a very difficult decision for anyone.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with previous editors in highlighting the very personal nature of such an act - every 16 year old will react differently, and it would be interesting to compare the response of a 16 year old with an older woman to see what the differences are. I do think that the psychological and emotional consequences of abortion are something that cannot be underestimated and need to be highlighted to anyone thinking of going through the process.

sbinkowski eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree. Maybe your local department of human resources and health department has some information on this topic. There are several effects that might happen. Her physical well-being and emotional state. Also, you might need to look at the effects that come on after the teenager is married and wants to have children. Does she then realize her decision with a different perspective? 

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the female would probably have long lasting psychological untoward effects from having an abortion. Not to mention the possible physical side effects and dangers. I think in her later years she would regret her decision.

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Only a 16 year old girl who has had an abortion or someone very close to her can give you the answer to this question. She would have to deal with emotional, physical, spiritual, and who knows what other issues.

sfg13165 | Student

i do no agree with abortions. because if you lay down and have sex you should deal with the consequences of your actions, and abortion is just a quick way to get out. and a sixteen year old would have to live with the pain and sorrow of knowing she killed her baby, didnt even give the baby a chance to survive. the baby didnt have any say so in whether it should live or die.