Giving birth to a child is a major life change, even if the woman decides to give the child up for adoption. Her body is forever changed, and she has to suffer through nine months of pregnancy that she wouldn’t want to endure if it was her choice. Depending on pregnancy side effects, job performance and daily living could be hindered. Having to do something against one’s will, like having a child, could definitely be a trigger for depression. It promotes a feeling of powerlessness and hopelessness. There is also the issue of dealing with reactions from other people. Overall, denying women abortion rights, and forcing women to suffer through an unwanted child birth can only lead to negative consequences to mental health and other areas of life.
Were you ever barred from getting an abortion and were forced to give birth? How did this experience affect you? Have you heard of other women negatively (or even positively) affected by this experience? Share your stories in the comments section.
Major, Brenda. Email interview. July 6, 2011.
Baldwin, Susie. Email interview. July 7, 2011.
Reviewed July 7, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg R.N.
Edited by Alison Stanton