Woman Who Had Abortion Says She Wasn’t Prepared for the ‘Ungodly Mental Anguish’

(Daily Caller) Women’s Health published a feature story recently about a woman who claimed she wasn’t prepared for the “ungodly mental anguish” she experienced after undergoing an abortion.

Kassi Underwood, author of “May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment,” wrote that she had dreamed about a joyful first pregnancy, but instead found herself paying for a $415 abortion. She recounted that at the time of the procedure she shook violently, and was overcome by a sense of both “elation and devastation.”

After completing the abortion, Underwood said she struggled to sleep and could not cleanse her mind of baby imagery.

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  • InTheChurch

    To the Pro-Choice supporters, does PP offer mental health/emotional support groups or counseling to these women?

    • Lexical Cannibal

      Mental health in general is poorly funded (and poorly covered by many insurance policies) all across the states, so no, I’d say likely not. There are a couple of caveats with that, though. Firstly, while I don’t doubt the veracity of this woman’s account, her story appears to be very much the exception, rather than the rule. That doesn’t mean that this woman and people like her don’t have a very real problem that needs addressing with compassion and expert care, but it’s easy to see how an organization like Planned Parenthood might choose to allocate resources elsewhere, to problems that affect broader populations of women, especially since their funding keeps getting cut. *cough, cough*

      As it is, the data indicates that this woman’s story isn’t nearly representative of typical patient outcomes, and that a very high percentage of women experience no clear deficits to mental health. In fact, we’ve found that being denied abortions and being forced to birth a baby against their will has a much greater impact on mental health, in terms of average number of women afflicted and severity of that affliction. When the scope increases outside of this one case, the whole “not cleaning up your own mess” angle you’re taking here doesn’t really hold water.

      • InTheChurch

        Can you please share these findings so I can read them myself?

        • Lexical Cannibal

          Well I meant to get back to this much sooner. I live in Houston, though, so, you know. Delays. Just sort of a part of life, right now. Additionally, I actually had posted a working list of a few sources, but apparently This site simply will not tolerate the scourge that is “hyperlinks,” since it’s been under review for nine days.

          That aside, here is my [LINK REDACTED] list of the fruits of my google research.

          In 2008, the APA created a task force to investigate this very subject. Their search through existing literature on the subject was fairly exhaustive, and while they acknowledge that there needs to be more study on the subject, there is presently no evidence that having an abortion causes mental health problems, concluding that while “The Task Force found some studies that indicate that some women do experience sadness, grief and feelings of loss following an abortion,” these far outweighed the preponderance of evidence that “there is no credible evidence that a single elective abortion of an unwanted pregnancy in and of itself causes mental health problems for adult women.”

          On the website of the US National Library of Medicine, there’s a report by Steinberg, McCulloch, and Adler titled Abortion and Metal Health: Findings From the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication (2015) which found that “after accounting for confounding factors, abortion was not a statistically significant predictor of subsequent anxiety, mood, impulse-control, and eating disorders or suicidal ideation.”

          Finally, a research report published in February of this year from the JAMA Psychiatry Network entitled Women’s Mental Health and Well-Being 5 Years after Recieving or Being Denied an Abortion (Biggs, Upadhyay, and McCulloch) found evidence that while women who obtained abortions appeared to not vary significantly from women who had chosen to not get abortions, women who sought abortions, but were denied “may be associated with greater risk of initially experiencing adverse psychological outcomes.”

          It’s not exhaustive, obviously; honestly I compiled that on my phone while sitting in an emergency room at 4AM, so I’m sure there’s a whole world of study I haven’t even touched, directly, but hopefully that’s enough to get you started.

          • InTheChurch

            Thank you. I will look it up. I hope you and yours are healthy and safe. prayers sent your way as a fellow neighbor.