We often hear about the medical health of women who choose to have abortions, including their psychological health. What we don’t hear much about is the psychological health of women after they have had an abortion. Speaking not as a physician but as a pastor, here are some things I have learned and observed.

Matthew’s gospel records the desperate plight of Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus after the visit from the Magi: “Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’” (Matthew 2:13)