January 22, 2012 ( – “Sadness, depression, fear of sterility, guilt,” drug abuse and suicide are just some of the effects suffered by women who have abortions in Mexico City, according to the country's most eminent newspaper, El Universal. The newspaper ran an article openly acknowledging the psychological trauma associated with abortion on January 21.

The article also spoke openly of the motives that often lead women to have their unborn children killed, describing various circumstances that lead to abortion:  a woman is impregnated by her boyfriend, who then abandons her upon learning of the pregnancy; the child is the result of adultery and his mother wishes to hide it from her husband; a young student decides that a son or daughter will be inconvenient for her career aspirations.

But “no matter how resolute and firm” the women might be, “the abortion causes them remorse, frustration, dissatisfaction,” gynecologist Mario Lucas told the newspaper.

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“Many are worried that they won't be able to become pregnant again.  They feel guilt and are overwhelmed by sadness … They cry and blame themselves. They think that they have committed murder, that they are the worst.  They isolate themselves, have recurring nightmares or insomnia, angst, and depression.”

One woman interviewed by the newspaper, whose name is given only as “Lucia,” says that her suffering will “always remain as remorse, the thorny question of whether I did the right thing or the wrong thing, if it was the best thing to do.”

“After resting [following the abortion] you continue your life, but privately, it's different.  It does hit you. You question yourself, you feel nostalgia.  You see children on the street, mothers with babies. It's difficult, sad.”

However, the newspaper only interviewed pro-abortion health experts for the article, all of whom agreed that “the approval of abortion in the Federal District is a great step in favor of the rights of women,” according to the publication.


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