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There are also emotional effects of abortion, which do exist and need to be noted and looked for. Of these, the most significant is the development of postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is a risk any time a pregnancy ends, at any stage and no matter how. The body can respond by becoming deeply depressed as pregnancy hormones rapidly fall. What this would suggest for most women seeking an abortion is that they have a strong support system; this could be the help of friends, group support, work with a counselor, or a supportive family. Isolation after an abortion tends to increase risk for serious depression, and the circumstances under which a woman gets an abortion may also make depression more or less likely. Those who feel conflicted about the decision or must keep it secretive may suffer more. Other emotional effects of abortion exist. Some people feel guilt, while others feel relief. Without full-blown post-partum depression, some women may still feel tearful, moody, or simply endure a difficult emotional ride during the first few weeks to several months after abortion. Again, not all women have this experience, but some do.
Induced abortion has been a controversial issue through the ages; anthropologists have found evidence of its existence in every known culture (Berkowitz GS, Daling JR. 2000). The earliest records of recognized abortifacients (agents which cause the premature termination of pregnancy) which are presumed to have been written more than 4500 years ago are found in ancient Chinese texts.
UN human rights standards call on countries to provide immediate and unconditional treatment to anyone seeking emergency medical care.
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